Remote Education: Covid-19

Education – in the House of Commons on 22nd June 2020.

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Photo of Simon Baynes Simon Baynes Conservative, Clwyd South

What steps his Department is taking to support remote education during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Julie Marson Julie Marson Conservative, Hertford and Stortford

What steps his Department is taking to support remote education during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Government have provided a £100 million package of advice and support to enable remote teaching. That has included delivering laptops and tablets to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and working with the new Oak National Academy, the BBC and others to ensure strong national availability of remote educational resources.

Photo of Simon Baynes Simon Baynes Conservative, Clwyd South

Does the Minister agree that schools have not only provided imaginative remote online learning during the crisis, as he has just stated, but played a vital role in supporting the frontline though education hubs and related projects, such as the production of personal protective equipment by students at Ysgol Dinas Brân in my constituency?

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

We are very grateful for the hard work and dedication of our teachers during this time and have highlighted the innovative work of schools in a series of recently published case studies. I congratulate those children at Ysgol Dinas Brân on producing more than 800 visors. It is a prime example of that very innovation.

Photo of Julie Marson Julie Marson Conservative, Hertford and Stortford

I pay tribute to the huge efforts that schools and their staff across Hertford and Stortford have made in supporting the children of key workers and are now making to get more pupils back to school. Does my right hon. Friend agree that schools have an opportunity to continue some of the innovations they have made, such as remote learning?

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Remote teaching has been a significant challenge for teachers across the sector, and I am grateful to all those who have worked so hard to ensure their pupils’ education has continued despite the difficulties of lockdown. Some innovations will no doubt continue to be beneficial, and we are working with organisations such as the Education Endowment Foundation to take an evidence-based approach to establishing how schools can best use remote practices in future.