Commenting on research on remoted education published today by Ofsted, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

"We know that pupil outcomes are affected by their home circumstances, particularly differences between the attainment of advantaged and disadvantaged pupils. This is true when children are taught in school, and it is hugely compounded when learning at home, for all sorts of reasons including their home learning environment and lack of access to digital devices. Parents too are struggling with the pressures of supporting their children's learning, particularly when they are juggling their own work and caring responsibilities. This report underplays the impact of that and puts more onus on schools and teachers for issues outside of their control.

"Teachers have worked hard to rise to the challenge of providing remote education in a very short space of time, and Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman is right to acknowledge this. And we shouldn't forget that education staff are also regularly working in school, with vulnerable and key worker children. There is very little time available for teachers to collaborate and train together to get the best out of remote learning and raise confidence in using it. The insistence by Ofsted to go ahead with the additional monitoring inspections from today, is the last thing that school and college leaders want to hear. They are under enough pressure at the moment without the additional stress of inspection, whatever new name it is given."

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