DfE remote learning advice 'unhelpful', say teachers

Eight in 10 teachers are dissatisfied with the way the DfE listened to feedback on its Covid-19 response, poll suggests
23rd November 2020, 2:35pm

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DfE remote learning advice 'unhelpful', say teachers

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Coronavirus & Schools: Dfe Remote Learning Advice 'unhelpful', Say Two-thirds Of Teachers

Two-thirds of teachers found government guidance on remote learning during the first national lockdown "unhelpful", new research shows.

And more than 80 per cent of teachers are dissatisfied with how the Department for Education listened to feedback on its Covid-19 response between February and July, according to a poll by the Chartered College of Teaching.

More than 800 Chartered College members responded to the survey, reflecting on the DfE's response to the pandemic.


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The poll reveals that only 10 per cent of teachers considered the DfE's remote learning guidance for schools to be helpful.

Chartered College members said the department needs to work on greater consultation and timely guidance.

In their comments, teachers called on the DfE to "listen to frontline staff", "give schools more notice" and "show support and understanding".

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They also said that information should be provided in a "timely manner and not late on a Friday evening".

Dame Alison Peacock, chief executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, said: "These results are, unfortunately, not in the least bit surprising. Teachers have had to contend with guidance that has kept changing, arrived at the last minute and failed to take into account their experiences and knowledge. 

"Our teachers and school leaders are experts. Listen to them. They know their pupils, their schools and their communities. It is of the highest importance that their insights are taken into account.

"Despite all this, our teachers have again and again shown unrelenting professionalism, positivity and done what is best for their pupils despite the huge pressure they are under. Our teachers deserve the thanks of all in society. And they deserve to be treated with consideration and respect." 

The DfE has been contacted for comment.

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