Remote learning: requirements and guidance

You’re not legally required to provide remote learning, but you should. Be clear on what this provision should look like, and take stock of what you need to keep on top of, so you can continue to offer high-quality education to your pupils.

updated on 25 January 2023
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  1. You’re not legally required to provide remote learning, but you should
  2. Try to provide remote learning equivalent in length to core teaching in school
  3. You can use recorded or live lessons
  4. Work collaboratively with families of pupils with SEND
  5. Keep on top of attendance and safeguarding remotely
  6. Work with your catering team to provide free school meal parcels
  7. Lean on your remote learning policy to scaffold your expectations

Remote learning will most likely be nothing new to you, so there's no need to reinvent the wheel.

Feel confident that this time around it’s likely you’ve already got your digital education platform set up, and you may be able to recycle a lot of the resources and timetables that you used during the pandemic.

But don’t worry if this is completely new to you, or you’re starting from scratch. Get started with our advice on using a digital education platform.

This article is based on the DfE’s non-statutory guidance providing remote education: guidance for schools.

You’re not legally required to provide remote learning, but you should

The old requirement that schools were legally bound to provide remote learning expired on 24 March 2022.

Since then, the DfE’s guidance on remote learning has been non-statutory.

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