Commenting on the Education Endowment Foundation’s review of evidence on remote learning, Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

"Some schools, teachers and parents will find the resources provided by EEF and others over the past few days helpful to support pupils' learning, but we must bear in mind that there are many constraints that make distance learning, and distance teaching, difficult. Access to technology and broadband solves a very small part of that. So while we welcome the EEF's foray into this field, these resources can only be seen as a supportive resource not as a call to all teachers and parents to engage with children's learning in unsustainable ways.

“Teachers know that even in the best classrooms, building lessons on pupils' prior learning doesn't always mean that pupils engage and learn. Some pupils will need much more individual support than is possible, and many will need support for their wellbeing before any meaningful learning can take place. Teachers too are in difficult circumstances, caring for their own children and supporting other family members.

"It is true that this pandemic is likely to cause the most disruption to those pupils already disadvantaged. School closure will exacerbate this, but so will parental job losses and money worries, increased poverty and housing insecurity, bereavements, loss of time spent with friends and other family members, and the huge anxiety that pupils and parents will be feeling. Providing online teaching now or catch-up classes later will not solve any of those problems."

ENDS

2020-061-NEU