What we learnt about Remote Learning from the survey

Whether we only need to do another two weeks of Remote Learning after half term, and then we’re all back at school full-time, or if we have two thirds of our pupils at home for a further six weeks, we are seriously looking to sustain and continuously improve the remote learning offer we have in place.

One third of our parents kindly responded to this week’s survey. 80% of responses were positive, and the criticisms were evenly split between opposite opinions (too much to do / not enough to do, too broad / too narrow a range, too easy / too hard).

We won’t be taking these responses as a reason not to keep on adapting what we do, however.

We do have obvious limits on what we can do – only so many staff and only so many hours to work in, so only so many sessions can run; only so many questions can be asked; only so many resources prepared. But we have room to learn and progress, and as capacity allows we may be able to address some of the concerns in the responses.

Before the survey was put out to parents, we had already booked a couple of staff training sessions with an Ed Tech Demonstrator School. The focus of these is the Google suite of apps, so we can build on our use of Google Drive and our own Gmail systems. In our internal audit of remote learning we had identified the opportunity to improve the provision for handing on work, for marking and feedback and assessment. With parent consultations coming up we want to be able to have a conversation about progress in learning as well as how each child is ‘doing’. To do so, from a point of being informed, we need to build that clear picture of what each child can do better than before. And to do that we need to collect better information and to use it accordingly.

My interpretation of many of the comments from parents who were looking for change in our remote learning is a call for greater individualisation. That might be a clearly stated realism and acceptance that a child might not get so much done at home. It might be more stretch or greater support. It might constitute some one to one sessions. It might be more frequent check-ins each day for some children (but fewer for others).

I am sharing the responses with year leaders, of course, so we can rapidly consider what is realistically possible and we will be moving forward when we come back later this month.

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