Education is in a state of flux. Significant increases in students with additional needs; teacher shortages; an increasing mental health crisis, and now reports that the once accepted social contract around school attendance is creaking post-pandemic (Burtonshaw & Dorrell, 2023) – and this is before we mention crumbling concrete and more.
Of course, as the leader of an online alternative provision, I believe that online provision will support students now and in the future, especially our most vulnerable. It may not be for every child, but for the right individuals and groups I think it is a game-changer. After all, a hybrid approach to education aligns with the increasingly hybrid, digitised reality our students live in.
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