Teachers should:

  • Be afforded professional choice; live-streaming should therefore be optional.
  • Be offered alternatives to virtual teaching, eg using audio only, pre-recorded lessons or existing online resources.
  • Not commence live streaming until online safety and acceptable use policies have been reviewed and amended to reflect the current situation.
  • Not commence live streaming until relevant staff have been briefed and have understood these policies.
  • Not be subjected to excessive ‘screen-time’.
  • Participate in the risk assessment pertaining to live-streaming sessions.
  • Have total control over all participants’ microphones and cameras.
  • Be assured that measures will be put in place to prevent students or others recording or capturing session stills during live streaming.
  • Have written consent from parents or guardians allowing children to participate in training and live streaming.
  • Know that parents and students agree to the behaviours expected from them and their children when live-streaming.
  • Expect any abuse or misuse to be dealt with under the school’s pupil behaviour policy,
  • Not be required to take part in live-streamed, one-to-one, tuition.
  • Not to be required to teach large numbers of students.
  • Not to be required to live stream without the establishment of clear ground rules, eg when and how can students speak?
  • Have written authorisation from the school’s DPO that live streaming in this format can go ahead and is fully GDPR compliant.
  • Be assured that the needs of SEND and CP students have been fully taken into consideration.
  • Be assured that live streaming is only used when essential, and only when it is viewed as the most effective means of lesson delivery.
  • Be able to disguise their homes with different or anonymised backgrounds.
  • Work remotely only during normal school contact hours.
  • Be provided with appropriate training.
  • Be expected to use only school accounts and school devices for live streaming, Keep a log of everything that happens and anything that doesn’t go according to plan

We stress the importance of informed consent and the need for schools to engage in consultation with parents, students, and school/college staff before introducing potentially intrusive measures of this kind.  The school/college community should be informed of the following in advance:

  • How the safety and security of live-streaming will be ensured.
  • Whether, in relation to staff, live streams will be monitored for performance management and disciplinary purposes. The NEU states that they should not be used for performance management or inspection purposes under any circumstances.
  • Students and parents should sign an agreement not to record or share any element of live lessons; schools may warn the school community of the consequences of engaging in such behaviour.
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