Schools should initiate ‘sensible conversations’ about coronavirus closures

The ISC Digital Strategy Group and Edtech UK have advised schools to plan strategically for potential closures due to the coronavirus threat

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) Digital Strategy Group and Edtech UK have established an ad hoc working group to update school leaders with emerging advice and practice should closures occur due to the coronavirus threat.

In a bulletin produced by the organisations, it said: “It is essential for schools to initiate sensible conversations about a potential closure situation as soon as possible. Be pragmatic and continue to plan strategically for potential eventualities.”

It is essential for schools to initiate sensible conversations about a potential closure situation as soon as possible. Be pragmatic and continue to plan strategically for potential eventualities

The principal of Kellett School, Mark Steed, offered his advice to schools in the bulletin – the British international school in Hong Kong continues to function whilst being closed to students.

Some of Steed’s advice included:

  • It is easier to do live teaching than to make videos for children.
  • We found that Zoom­­_us was a better solution for us
  • Zoom allows whole class muting, easy to send out link and the visual option allows you to see the whole class tiled. Settings options also allow background blurring which is good.
  • One important thing is for teachers to have ‘live touch points’ with younger children (via Zoom) – a virtual Circle Time if you like.

Read the bulletin here.

Read the latest coronavirus updates and advice from the ISC Digital Strategy Group here.


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