INSET : Remote Teaching & Blended Learning Strategies

Remote teaching

“This has helped our staff immensely with their remote teaching journey and has made us think of how we can use this experience to change our ways of teaching in the future” .

Clare Emmerson-Smith , Head of IT, St George’s School

In recent months online learning has been firmly brought to the forefront of most educator’s minds. In a survey of parents by Muddy Stilettos Schools only 56% of parents were satisfied with their children’s learning and development during the first Covid19 lockdown. It also showed that the schools that embraced technology, creativity and virtual social interaction delivered a more fulfilling educational experience to the pupils.

When correctly implemented, remote learning creates opportunities for effective teaching and collaboration outside of the classroom. And in recent times, a school’s provision for online learning has never been more important. Rapid uptake and steep learning curves have ensued by pupils, parents, and teachers alike. Through this time of crisis, many educators have seen the challenges, successes, value, and skill involved in delivering quality education virtually.

Remote Education Expectations

The Government have set out their minimum expectations for remote teaching in this document which is constantly being revised throughout the crisis. This statutory guidance outline the expected standards of quality , accessibility and duration of remote teaching.

Primary Schools : 3 hours remote teaching a day, on average, across the school cohort

Secondary Schools : 4 hours remote teaching a day, with more for pupils working towards formal qualifications this year

DfE Guidance for full opening: schools, December 2020

It also sets out expectations in terms of assessment and feedback as well as the need to identify and address gaps in expected progress.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for implementing remote teaching in your school or college. Each setting will have slightly different requirements and opt for a different technology to reach their goals. Whether you choose to try ZOOMGoogle Classroom, or Microsoft Teams, we explore remote learning generally as well as signposting different platforms. We develop strategies to guide your staff through the processes involved in becoming online learning literate. From thinking about the curriculum and how you can best deliver engaging and exciting lessons, to the best procedures for feeding back and marking work.

Who is this INSET for? 

This course can be adapted for a range of audiences including teachers, TA’s, parents, and students.

INSET Outline

The Principles of Effective Remote Teaching

  • The five principles of online delivery – applicable to any format
  • Managing effective transition for your staff, pupils, and parents
  • Developing continuous learning strategies – despite future lockdowns

Online Engagement

  • Understanding what ‘good’ online engagement looks like
  • Interfacing online learning with face to face learning
  • Promoting autonomy and growth mindset
  • How to work with the natural ebbs and flows after initial enthusiasm
  • The importance of classroom culture and setting ‘new norms’

Online Feedback

  • Developing a wider-angle view and diving into feedback
  • Effective mechanisms of feedback online
  • Using digital technology to support feedback

Models & Modes of Delivery of Remote Teaching

  • Models of blended learning – understanding the different models from the use of online learning in a face to face setting, blended and fully online
  • The significance of blended learning and its impact in improving pupil progress and engagement, as well as empowering teachers in both the classroom and long-distance
  • Post lockdown legacy – the future of blended learning in schools based on current data and changes in school practice
  • How teachers can effectively implement blended learning – practical tips and adapting it to your teaching style
  • Parental/Carer involvement – investigating tripartite systems to expand pupil engagement

Extending learning through Technology – SAMR

How best to integrate technology into blended learning– working through the SAMR model to up-level our online provision

Linking SAMR with Blooms Taxonomy to accelerate learning

Exploring the Feynman technique to boost learning through online delivery models

Remote Teaching – Lesson Sequencing

The importance of lesson sequencing – to facilitate engagement, meaningful learning experience and variety to accommodate all pupils.

Maximise the use ‘breakout rooms’ – maximise collaborative learning

Variations on sequencing depending on curriculum areas

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Recent feedback on this INSET Course:

“Fantastic training” – Danel Jansen van Rensburg, Deputy Head, Oaklands School

“Inspirational” – Alexia Haroutunian, EPQ Coordinator, The English School

“Immense amount of take aways”– Nicole Mayhew, HLTA Learning Support, Ipswich High School

“Very informative. LOTS to think about”– Becky Haasbroek, Curriculum Lead, St. Joseph’s Park Hill School

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