ASCL comment on EEF remote learning review

22/04/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the review of evidence on remote learning published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)
 
Commenting on the review of evidence on remote learning published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“It is fantastic to see the way in which schools and their teachers have responded to the seismic challenge of having to set up remote learning for millions of children at great speed, and we welcome the evidence from the Education Endowment Foundation to support these efforts.

“The work that is going on across the country to support young people while they are at home during the coronavirus emergency is remarkable and we would like to thank teachers for their incredible commitment and professionalism.

“The biggest challenge is the digital divide between rich and poor children which leaves a significant number of young people from disadvantaged homes unable to access online resources.

“We welcome the government scheme to provide laptops and tablets to disadvantaged Year 10 pupils who are in this position, but this needs to be extended to other age groups too.

“Many schools are themselves sourcing laptops for disadvantaged youngsters, but a government scheme on a national basis for all pupils who do not have online access would be hugely beneficial.”