Research review outlines five keys to effective remote learning

Quality of teaching, facilitating peer interaction, and supporting pupils to work independently are three keys to effective remote learning.

A research summary from the Education Endowment Foundation has concluded that pupils can learn via remote teaching, but there are some “key steps” that teachers should take into account (EEF, 2020a).

The study has looked at evidence from 60 systemic reviews and meta-analyses in a bid to help teachers prioritise the most effective approaches.

It comes alongside a package of EEF resources, for both parents, schools and teachers, to support remote learning during the coronavirus lockdown (EEF, 2020b).

The report outlines five key findings for quality remote learning:

It urges teachers to focus on the elements of quality teaching rather than mode of delivery – such as clear explanations, scaffolding and feedback. Importantly, it finds that there is “no clear difference” between teaching in real-time and alternatives such as providing pre-recorded video explanations. It is the quality of the teaching that counts.

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