A new report by the educational technology association Naace has revealed that almost three-quarters (72%) of UK educators lack confidence in students’ ability to learn remotely from home.
Despite the sector’s rapid response to the COVID-19 crisis, which included nationwide school closures and a shift to online teaching and learning, a survey of more than 1,000 teachers from across the UK showed that educators are not certain that remote education delivery has been effective.
The Naace COVID-19 Education Impact Report collates first-hand educator insights on their experience on the pandemic, showing that, while edtech has been instrumental to the delivery of remote learning, student engagement remains a cause for concern for many across the schools sector, with 62% of respondents stating that no more than 60% of students are actively engaged in remote online learning.
“We hope schools will use the findings of the report to start conversations about how edtech strategies can be strengthened as we move through a challenging winter” – Philip Blackburn, Naace
When it comes to maintaining communication, responses were varied, with 33% of educators saying it has been easy, compared to 36% who say the opposite.
While 79% of respondents strongly agree that they are confident in using their edtech skills to support home learning, teacher wellbeing remains a challenge, with only 28% of educators surveyed claiming their mental health has not been affected.
Philip Blackburn, chair of Naace, commented: “Being embedded in the education community, Naace has seen first-hand how the pandemic has had such a significant impact on teaching and learning. We hope schools will use the findings of the report to start conversations about how edtech strategies can be strengthened as we move through a challenging winter.
“We would urge schools to take advantage of the fantastic resources and learning opportunities that exist in the education sector. Whether through organisations like Naace or with your edtech suppliers, utilise the expertise that [are] available to you. Committed to education, we all have a vested interest in technology provisions that have the maximum impact on lesson delivery and student outcomes.”