London school 'must have back-up plan in case of second coronavirus lockdown'

ANNA DAVIS
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Monitor: Parents should make their children aware of the risks of using the internet: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

London schools must have a back-up plan in case of a new lockdown, an education technology adviser said today.

Simon Carter, director at RM Education, said schools should have a “hybrid approach” of classroom and remote lessons, and teachers need more training in using technology for distance learning.

He said: “Schools and colleges must have an effective continuity plan. In the event that we see another lockdown here in London and the closure of schools, teachers require a clear understanding of what to do; and the different methods of remote learning.

“With over 3,000 schools in London, the education of pupils must be the priority and this relies on teachers being prepared for the unknown. The continuity strategy will ensure that everyone is confident using the technology… and affords every child access to the same level of learning.”

Meanwhile a poll has found that three-quarters of children want the option of more flexible learning. Teacherly, a community of teachers delivering lessons remotely, polled 500 children. Some 43 per cent want the option of going into school or staying home to learn.

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