Personalised learning deemed the biggest barrier to remote teaching

Keeping students engaged has been named as the second-biggest challenge for teachers and school leaders

Personalising learning has been deemed the biggest challenge teachers are having to navigate amid the COVID-19 lockdown, according to research from edtech software company Renaissance.

In a survey of more than 1,000 school leaders, department heads and teachers about their experiences of home schooling, 28% of respondents labelled personalised learning as the biggest educational barrier, followed by the challenge of keeping students engaged (25%).

With schools scheduled for a phased reopening as early as June 1, SLTs will need to map out a plan to continue remote learning or adopt a blended approach to delivery, involving both campus-based teaching and online classes.

The pandemic has driven a surge in the adoption of educational tech, with more than two-thirds (68%) of teachers saying they have implemented new online learning tools. That being said, many more students and teachers across the sector will benefit from the wider uptake of online personalised learning and assessment tools and resources.

Digital quizzes have proved to be the most popular online tool (39%) for teachers to adopt since the lockdown began, followed by e-books (31%), with videos and online learning platforms coming third at 23%.

To help support teachers, students and parents to keep the nation reading during school closures and the staggered school return, Renaissance is giving all pupils to ‘Keep Reading’ by offering free access to over 7,000 enhanced digital books and articles from myON and myON News.

“Education technology can transform pupils’ outcomes. Now, more than ever, we need to work with school, Trust and MAT leaders to help make data and insights easy to find, understand and take action on – not just for assessment but to tailor teaching and planning and to boost student motivation,” said Margaret Allen, curriculum and education specialist at Renaissance.

“We’re amazed by how quickly schools are adapting to the new normal and want to do all we can to support them at this challenging time.”

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