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Department of Education announces new partnership to improve home learning

@EducationGovUK has partnered with @StoneComputers to implement a Digital Education Platform for schools to improve home learning, which is now a legal requirement. 

The unfortunate events of the last year has meant that education has been rather different, with parents, teachers and pupils needing to adapt quickly to the changes. We are once again in the times of most pupils and teachers needing to cope with remote learning and each of them needing technology to be able to do that successfully. 

This comes as Gavin Williamson announced the purchase of an extra 300,000 laptops and tablets to help disadvantaged children in England. 

Stone Group, have partnered with the Department for Education and Microsoft to give schools the best opportunity to teach online successfully, helping them to implement a successful Digital Education Platform that supports remote learning. The Department for Education made this a legal requirement in England. 

Stone Group stated the following: 

“In 2020, continuing into 2021 we have seen the need for digital transformation within schools at a rate never seen before. Stone has been at the forefront of this evolution, providing technology solutions and training to help schools and the education sector as a whole, on their blended learning journey, supporting teachers and pupils alike.”

The education sector has taken a massive hit over the last year and it has had a lasting effect on pupils. The lack of traditional teaching methods and quick amendments to online teaching, has meant 20/21 education year exams for A-levels, AS levels and GCSE in England have been cancelled.

Current teaching methods include schools providing remote education that includes either recorded or live direct teaching and should be of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school. 

As a minimum that is:

  • 3 hours a day for Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2 when pupils are aged between 5 and 7)
  • 4 hours a day for KS2 (years 3-6 when children are aged between 7 and 11)
  • 5 hours a day for KS3 and KS4 (secondary school up to age 16)

To support remote learning further, BBC have scheduled content available on TV, online and social media, which commenced on Monday 11th January. This includes 3 hours of primary school content every weekday on CBBC, and 2 hours of secondary content every weekday on BBC Two. 

Despite the adaptations needed, experts believe the innovations teachers use could create lasting change, with technology playing a larger part in education in the future. 

Latest COVID-19 school statistics:

Data accurate as of 17/12/20

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