Remote education definition under the Coronavirus Act 2020 Provision of Remote Education (England) Temporary Continuity Direction

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Dear Department for Education,

under the FOI act 2000, please can you treat this as an FOI request.

Please can you provide a definition, or link to the document where the definition is held, of 'remote education' under the guidance issued by the Department, intended to expand on the explanatory note of the Coronavirus Act 2020 Provision of Remote Education (England) Temporary Continuity Direction.

With reference to:
1. The Guidance: DfE expects schools to be able to immediately offer them access to remote education.
2. Explanatory Note https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
3. Order https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/3642...

Namely I am asking the Department to clarify that the definition of "“remote education” means any type of education provided to a registered pupil who does not attend at school; and to clarify that the Department and the legislation has not defined the means of distribution of the education access, to mean exclusively "digital" or "online education" and that "remote education" may be through non-digital means.

Thank you.
Sincerely,
Jen Persson

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Dear Jen Persson 

 

"Thank you for your request for information, which was received on
13/10/2020 16:34 .

 

You requested:   

 

Please can you provide a definition, or link to the document where the
definition is held, of 'remote education' under the guidance issued by the
Department,  intended to expand on the explanatory note of the Coronavirus
Act 2020 Provision of Remote Education (England) Temporary Continuity
Direction.

With reference to:

1. The Guidance: DfE expects schools to be able to immediately offer them
access to remote education.

2. Explanatory Note
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

3. Order [2]https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/3642...

Namely I am asking the Department to clarify that  the definition of
"“remote education” means any type of education provided to a registered
pupil who does not attend at school;  and to clarify that the Department
and the legislation has not defined the means of distribution of the
education access, to mean exclusively "digital" or "online education" and
that "remote education" may be through non-digital means.
 

 

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(“the Act”).

 

 

Further to my email of 14 October 2020[3][KC1]  the Department has decided
that the public interest lies in disclosing the information.
A copy of the information is enclosed.

To take the three sources referred to in reverse order, the Coronavirus
Act 2020 Provision Of Remote Education (England) Temporary Continuity
Direction, as published in The Gazette at the link provided, specifically
defines remote education in the following way:

“remote education” means education provided to a registered pupil who does
not attend at school.

We do not include 'digital' or 'online' as part of this definition.
The Explanatory Note to the Coronavirus Act 2020 Provision of Remote
Education (England) Temporary Continuity Direction, to which the
correspondent has provided a working link, does not offer a definition of
remote education. Point 5 of the Explanatory Note, referring to the
Temporary Continuity Direction, states that:
Paragraph 6 requires schools, when complying with the requirement to
provide remote education, to have regard to guidance issued by the
Secretary of State for Education about the delivery of remote education,
for example as set out in the guidance for full opening.

Moving then to that guidance, in section 5 of the schools guidance for
full opening, first published on July 2 2020 and last updated (at time of
writing) on 5 November 2020,
[4]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
we state that in remote education contingency plans, we expect schools to:

* use a curriculum sequence that allows access to high-quality online
and offline resources and teaching videos and that is linked to the
school’s curriculum expectations
* give access to high quality remote education resources
* select the online tools that will be consistently used across the
school in order to allow interaction, assessment and feedback and make
sure staff are trained in their use
* provide printed resources, such as textbooks and workbooks, for pupils
who do not have suitable online access
* recognise that younger pupils and some pupils with SEND may not be
able to access remote education without adult support and so schools
should work with families to deliver a broad and ambitious curriculum.

Note that we have made specific reference to the use of printed resources
for pupils who do not have suitable online access.
It is important to also note that the Direction requires schools to
provide remote education for state-funded, school-aged children (that’s
children of compulsory school age, or under that age whom it is expedient
to educate with pupils of that age) who are unable to attend school due to
coronavirus (COVID-19) in line with guidance and the law.
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