The focus of the school on helping poor students with food parcels in the first blockage meant that they did not provide distance learning to all children, said Ofsted’s chief. rice field.
Influential Tory lawmakers said the watchdog itself was “invisible” and “semi-paused” in the early stages of the pandemic, but comments from Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman were rejected by leaders. ..
Ms. Spielman, who appeared at an event at the Institute for Government Think Tank, was asked last year about the differences between online education offered by state and private schools.
“It was clear that there was a huge disparity in what the school offered, and parents compared what School A offered with what School B offered,” she said.
“There is unevenness in the resources we have to admit. The average private school has three times as much money and has far more staff so far to switch to distance learning. There are far more technologies to mobilize to. ”
But Ms Spielman said this “does not explain the disparities seen in the state sector.”
“Another thing I’ve seen is that in many schools their attention was directed very quickly to the most disadvantaged children, making grocery parcels and feeling like going out. “She said.
“They paid a lot of attention to the most difficult children. It’s commendable, but it may have been a priority … Certainly last summer … it’s the ability to make sure they’re there. Provides some education to all children, which may have meant that there was no left.
“The first few weeks seemed like only three or four weeks, but I think it wasn’t very clear to some people that we needed to start assembling as a complete distance learning service. ”
In response to the comments, Paul Whiteman, Secretary-General of the American Principals Association, said: The school has made incredible efforts to protect and care for its students in unimaginably difficult times.
“From the beginning of the crisis, when the country was blocked, staff took care of the most vulnerable students. They took effect of the concept of’school’itself when working to implement the provision of distance learning. I reconsidered it. There is no doubt that this important activity has helped protect many children from the worst effects of the pandemic.
“The solutions provided by the central government most often arrived long after the schools solved the problems themselves. Schools were much faster than policy makers, what worked and what I learned what students need. ”
At another hearing at the Commons Education Selection Committee on Tuesday, Ofsted was accused of failing to clarify the distance learning that the school was expected to offer.
Robert Halfon, the conservative chair of the Commission, told Ofsted’s chair, Dame Christine Ryan: More was done right from the beginning to monitor distance learning and the work being done at school during the pandemic. ”
He added: “Especially in the first blockade, distance learning was a zip code lottery. In fact, it wasn’t even a zip code lottery because one school might have done it very well and moved away from another. Because some streets did it very differently.
“Especially in the first blockade, Ofsted was virtually invisible, clarifying what standards of distance learning exist and how they should be done, and you just seem to have left the field.”
Dame Christine said: “I don’t agree that this area is open … The school’s response to distance learning is affected by a number of things that Ofsted has no control over.”