RAG Rate your school’s Remote Learning – free document



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 DfE published temporary continuity direction under Coronavirus Act 2020.

Paragraph 5 – schools must provide remote education when children cannot attend school when attendance would contravene restrictions.

  • Ofsted has no preferred style or methodology for remote education.
  • Reference document ‘Guidance for full opening: schools’ 1st October 2020 for expectations

Key Points:

  • Expectation to ensure that the (remote) curriculum is linked to the school’s curriculum expectations
  • Remote education uses and gives access to high quality on line and offline resources
  • Schools should select the online tools that will be consistently used across the school and train staff in their use
  • Provide printed resources for pupils who don’t have suitable online access
  • Recognise that some pupils with SEND, or who are younger, may not be able to access remote education without adult support – and take account of this
  • Set assignments that are meaningful and ambitious in a number of different subjects each day
  • Teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally
  • Produce frequent, clear explanations of content, delivered by a teacher in the school, or through high quality curriculum resources or videos
  • Gauge how well pupils are progressing and set a clear expectation of how regularly teachers will check work
  • Enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to their assessments
  • Plan a programme that is equivalent to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, ideally including daily contact with teachers


  • Check school has appropriate licenses to allow staff and pupils to access the chosen learning platforms and software

Software Settings

  • Check the settings for software intended to be used. Eg some platforms are by default fully open and allow users unfiltered access to site such as You-Tube

Protecting Access to Learning

How do you:-

  • Share access passwords/links
  • Avoid using the same password for all sites and users
  • Avoid publishing passwords in public spaces
  • Communicate the importance of keeping passwords secure
  • Remember that your connections are filtered but home connections are not (check links you send, avoid advert-heavy websites to limit distraction)


  • Update procedures for reporting safeguarding concerns
  • Clearly communicate staff responsibilities relating to safeguarding
  • Ensure all staff understand how to report and seek help (including support staff)


  • Provide staff with training and opportunities to practise using software/systems school intends to use during remote education
  • Consider additional training for staff on effective pedagogies they can use in an online environment
  • Consider training for parents in school methodology using eg podcasts or videos

Suitability of Staff

  • You may chose to use additional tutors, including online tutors to help deliver on-line learning
  • Remember to conduct appropriate pre-employment checks on all staff who are new to school

Monitoring & Assessment

Define how leaders will monitor remote learning:

  • Joint access to learning
  • Sharing of passwords for sessions with designated teachers
  • Learning logs of online lessons (who, what, when)


  • Clearly communicate what you will provide and what you expect back from pupils and home
  • Update all policies that may be affected by remote learning
  • Leaders share their intentions so that they are clearly understood by staff, pupils and parents

Cyber Security

  • National Cyber Security Centre issued national alert on 18th September 2020 – increased number of ransomware attacks affecting education establishments (including schools)
  • Take this seriously – it could be you!
  • Keep back-ups up to date
  • Ensure appropriate virus protection is in place for your infrastructure
  • Are endpoint users fully protected (ie staff laptops and pupil BYOD (bring your own device)

     *Endpoints: are any devices that are physically an end point on a network. Laptops, desktops, mobile              phones, tablets, servers, and virtual environments can all be considered endpoints.

  • Educate staff and pupils about scams, protecting passwords and local policies relating to infrastructure (eg USB sticks etc)
  • Manage user population (e.g. who is no longer on staff but still on the system?  Missing door fobs?)
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