Live lessons are not the gold standard: Ofsted busts remote learning myths

Ofsted has moved to dispel a number of “myths” about remote education, including that live lessons are the “gold standard” and that the best forms of remote learning are digital.

During the first national lockdown, there was a presumption in many circles, including in the national media and among some parents, that live, online teaching should be the expectation.

This myth has persisted, often leading to parents putting pressure on schools to provide live teaching throughout the school day.

However, the early evidence has shown that in fact it is the quality of teaching and feedback, rather than how it is delivered, that is important (see later).

Ofsted has now added its weight to the debate by publishing guidance for schools and parents to dispel common myths about remote education. These myths include that:

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