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We know that you have all worked incredibly hard over the last few months to deliver remote education where it has been needed and that you have continually improved your provision as best practice has emerged. 

The latest lockdown is challenging for all, but your incredible hard work over the last months means that all schools are in a far better place to ensure that children receive high-quality remote education until the pressures on the NHS ease and schools and colleges can re-open to all.

Until then, you can find the latest guidance for school and college leaders and support for classroom teachers below to help you deliver remote education to those students not in school or college.

Supporting disadvantaged families

Our devices programme continues to ramp up after the announcement of a further 300,000 devices – taking the total to 1.3 million. So far, over 700,000 devices have been delivered.

We’ve also worked with mobile network operators to help you get disadvantaged children online. Request free mobile data increases or 4G wireless routers



Remote education guidance for school and college leaders 

We’ve brought together our guidance and support into a single webpage: Get Help with Remote Education, which includes the updated expectations for remote education during the period of restricted attendance. It also includes a ‘review your remote education’ framework to help you identify the strengths and areas for improvement in your remote education provision.

Dedicated school-to-school recovery support is also available, which can include support for planning and delivering remote education. The support is tailored to the individual needs of your school to help you overcome the challenges faced or exacerbated as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.



Information for parents

We’ve produced a guide for parents on what remote education should look like, which you might find useful to share with them.

We’ve also worked with schools to develop a template to help you provide parents with information about your remote education provision. We are asking that schools publish this information on their websites by 25 January. The template is not mandatory, so feel free to adapt it to suit your context. 



Support for teachers delivering remote education  

The most recent updates to our guidance and new best practice examples can be found on the Get Help with Remote Education page on You can also:

  • access peer support from the Demonstrator Network, who are on hand to offer bespoke advice and training, including ways digital platforms and devices can be used to support remote education arrangements. An online library of tools, tutorials and guidance is also available
  • download example lesson plans, annotated with tips and ideas that schools have found useful when teaching remotely 
  • access support for teachers, leaders and SENCOs on ways assistive technology can be used to secure inclusive remote education arrangements through National Star’s SEND hub
  • find practical CPD on delivering remote education and best practice examples at the virtual conference, BettFest taking place on 20-22 January



Support from other organisations

We’ve collated a list of resources and initiatives to support schools to plan and deliver remote education. This includes a range of DfE-funded curriculum support as well as a list of DfE-approved frameworks, which schools may find helpful.

If you haven't already, explore Oak National Academy's free resources. The Teacher Hub and Online Classroom give you and your pupils access to thousands of lessons to download and personalise. Their support pages provide hints and tips on delivering remote education. 

The BBC has adapted their education support for spring term 2021 and have made educational content available on the television. This will help to ensure all children and young people can access curriculum-based learning from home, even if they don’t have access to the internet.



National Tutoring Programme: subsidised tutoring available

The National Tutoring Programme continues to support pupils through lockdown, with Tuition Partners offering online tutoring for disadvantaged pupils at home, as well as continuing to offer support to vulnerable pupils in schools.

Over 60,000 pupils have been enrolled so far and further places are available in all regions. Find tutoring for your school or book ahead for later in the year.



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