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Remote schooling will evolve with ‘Distance Learning Champion’

Remote schooling will evolve with ‘Distance Learning Champion’

Thursday 01 April 2021

Remote schooling will evolve with ‘Distance Learning Champion’


In response to formal questions from Deputy Gavin St Pier, Education has announced the creation of a ‘Distance Learning Champion’ in each education setting, to help guide potential future versions of remote schooling.

The revelation was announced during the response to Deputy St Pier’s query on the lessons learnt from lockdown, and what provision is being made for any future distance learning that might need to take place.

Deputy St Pier put four questions to ESC, requesting that the committee investigates the impact of distance learning on students during the lockdowns caused by the Bailiwick's first and second waves of the Covid-19. 

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Pictured: Deputy St Pier’s third question concerned any future requirement for further distance learning.

In response to his third question, ESC President Andrea Dudley-Owen indicated a review will be carried out.

“Surveys of parents, staff and pupils have been rolled out and their findings will inform a retrospective review of Distance Learning.

“The data from these surveys, which will also capture queries raised direct with schools, will enable the strengths and weaknesses of the Distance Learning offer to be assessed and for it to be adapted as part of the process of planning for the future.”

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Pictured: “Each [setting] is being asked to nominate a Distance Learning Champion – these champions will work with the Education Office and will contribute to future iterations of our Distance Learning Policy and Guidance,” said ESC.

The Committee responded to concerns raised about a ‘digital divide’ wherein some families were unable to afford high speed internet or have access to multiple devices, consequently hampering their access to distance learning.

Concerns have also been raised about students from the private colleges having access to live online teaching, something that was not provided in mainstream schools. 

“Our education settings continue to work with families to understand the need at home and ensure that the wider aspects of access to an internet-connected device (including online safety and cyber security) are understood," said ESC President Andrea Dudley-Owen. 

Pictured: Deputy St Pier welcomed the response to his questions.

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