Ofsted – remote education research

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  • Ofsted’s report into remote learning is based on extensive research work over the summer and autumn. It contains a wealth of findings from school leaders and teachers and it is encouraging that it references research. The themes reflect all the issues and aspects we have experienced in the past 10 months of supporting schools. It is both important and useful that it discusses what remote education actually is, that it acknowledges the digital divide and that not all education has to be remote. It also accepts that some aspects of remote learning might be here to stay. We find it encouraging that it covers teacher perception, confidence and workload. However, there is also an emphasis on prioritising knowledge over thinking skills, which is concerning. Nonetheless, having all of this collated will be useful going forward and gives schools an opportunity to see a national picture and the value in a variety of approaches.

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