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Thursday, January 07, 2021

Anger as parents told to report schools to Ofsted if remote learning not good enough | Education - Manchester Evening News

Emma Gill, Manchester Evening News Family and Kids writer insist, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says schools should be providing three to five hours of teaching a day, but his comments have not gone down well.

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Parents have been told they can report schools to Ofsted if the remote learning they are being offered is not good enough.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson made the comment in the House of Commons yesterday, where he said schools are expected 'to provide between three and five hours teaching a day, depending on the child’s age'.

While some have welcomed the move - including families who felt they were let down by a lack of support from schools during the last lockdown - it has caused anger among teachers and headteachers, with many saying they still haven't received the technology for pupils that the government promised...

Glyn Potts, head of Blessed John Henry Newman RC College in Oldham, highlighted a lack of laptops at this school last term when their allocation was cut from 173 to 35.

He says it's time the government stopped blaming schools and unions and worked together to support the future of young people.

"We need less rhetoric and more collaboration with school leaders to navigate this period," said Mr Potts.

"I would ask that government seeks the efforts of those in education rather than attacking the comments of one or two unions. Surely there is a common good to find here, this is about the future of young people.

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Source: Manchester Evening News