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Your school is only expected to consider offering remote learning if it can't open safely, or if pupils are able to learn but are unable to physically attend. Find out what to expect from this policy, and questions to ask when approving it,

All pupils should attend school

Your school should only consider providing remote education to pupils in circumstances when in-person attendance is either not possible or contrary to government guidance.

This might include:

  • Occasions when your headteacher decides that opening the school is either:
    • Not possible to do safely
    • Contradictory to guidance from local or central government
  • Occasions when individual pupils, for a limited duration, are unable to physically attend school but are able to continue learning, for example because they have an infectious illness

This is set out in the DfE's guidance on providing remote education

Main points to look out for

Below we suggest what might be included in a remote learning policy but, since it’s not statutory, policies can vary.

It’s not meant as a guide for writing a policy, since that’s your school leaders’ job, but use it to give you a sense of what you’re looking for.

Roles and responsibilities