Remote learning: monitoring pupil engagement

Here's how you can work out whether remote pupils are engaging with the work you're setting so that you can provide additional support if necessary.

Last reviewed on 8 January 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Decide what engagement rate you're aiming for
  2. Gather evidence of engagement
  3. Set up a monitoring system

Decide what engagement rate you're aiming for

Work out the ideal rate for your whole school

It's up to you to decide what's a 'good' engagement rate for your school - the Department for Education hasn't set any required level of engagement you should reach.


  • How much work you're setting and how much of it you expect pupils to complete (see this article for advice on how to choose your approach to remote learning)
  • How experienced pupils and parents are at accessing and submitting work 
  • How many of your pupils will have access to the internet, and how much time they'll have to access it if they share devices with others in their household
  • Whether you expect this rate to vary by subject or year group, and for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, or other additional learning needs

23% of pupils aged 18 and under