'Nearly all teachers' worried about pupil online access

Survey shows teachers also did not feel confident using technology and teaching remotely during Covid-19 school closures

Claudia Civinini

Remote learning during Covid-19 crisis

Almost nine in 10 teachers (88 per cent) report that some of their students do not have access to the internet or to the devices needed to enable online learning, a new survey reveals.

And 20 per cent of teachers believe that only half of the students have adequate internet or device access, the poll of nearly 1,800 members of the Chartered College of Teaching has revealed.

Its report states: “Nearly all teachers are worried about at least some of their students and their access to online learning.”

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Teachers are worried about students who don’t have internet access, the survey found, or those who have been using data from mobile phone contracts – which a Tes investigation revealed could cause poorer families to face huge charges.

They also pointed out that in some cases children may have access to the internet but may not have the right support to learn remotely.

Teachers also voiced concern about the schoolwork students are completing at home, with the majority painting a bleak picture.

Only 16 per cent of teachers believed that most of their students were doing the same amount of work as before school closures.

Instead, 43 per cent of teachers said that only a few of their students have completed a comparable amount of work, and 14 per cent said that none of their students do so.

But it’s not only students who experience problems with technology.

Participants in the survey noted that teaching staff are also having problems adapting to using new technology and developing new ICT skills, and some have had issues with poor internet access and a lack of training in teaching remotely.

Some teachers said that not feeling confident with distance teaching and technology has negatively impacted their wellbeing.

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Claudia Civinini

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