“The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is causing various levels of disruption in education globally. UNESCO states that at least 61 countries have announced school closures in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease, impacting more than 400 million students. This number is likely to rise dramatically as more countries detect COVID-19 cases. The purpose of these school closures is to try to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 through self-isolation and social distancing.”
Thinking about Pedagogy in an Unfolding Pandemic, UNESCO, March 2020
As a school improvement organisation, we will work with Welsh Government, local authorities and the regional consortia to:
- Support and provide effective guidance to promote equity for all learners in distance learning, with a focus on well-being
- Provide appropriate, ongoing support and guidance for senior leaders and practitioners as schools evolve and adopt distance learning through digital and non-digital approaches
- Provide professional learning for all practitioners related to distance learning
Distance learning: allows learning experiences to happen from just about anywhere and may or may not involve a digital device and internet connection. This supports the well-being of all learners, including a choice of learning opportunities for social, physical, emotional development and tasks to promote their resilience. It allows individuals to learn when and where it is more convenient for them. Equitable distance learning does not have to mirror learning as it normally does in school.
Digital learning: Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a learner’s learning experience. Additionally, digital learning can be used for professional learning opportunities for teachers and to provide personalised learning experiences for learners.
Online learning: is education that takes place over the Internet. It is often referred to as “e- learning” among other terms. However, online learning is just one type of “distance learning” - the umbrella term for any learning that takes place across distance and not in a traditional classroom.
At this time, it is important to remember that distance learning is taking place in the extraordinary circumstances of a global pandemic. The workforce, the learners it serves and the parents supporting distance learning are all under significant pressures and therefore the well-being of all these groups must be uppermost in all decision making.
Please refer to the following Welsh Government guidance documents:
Additional resources and guidance: