The Government has announced a range of measures to support teachers and pupils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic and introduction of social distancing, schools have adapted quickly to continue to provide their pupils with education and support at home.

To help them to do this, the Government is investing over £100m to support remote education. This includes up to £2,000 per school to help them set up effective digital education platforms, and improve outcomes for pupils now and in the future.

To ensure teachers feel confident in using digital education platforms, the Government is funding expert training and support for schools to set up the free-to-use platforms, G Suite for Education or Office 365 Education. The Key is also offering free impartial information and guidance on the platforms available.

To support a phased return of pupils this term, a combined approach to using face-to-face and remote education will be needed. Digital education platforms enable teachers to design and deliver tasks for pupils both attending school and those continuing to learn remotely ensuring a quality learning experience for all our young people. Thousands of schools across the country are already currently accessing digital education platforms and the remainder are being urged to follow suit now.

To find out more, and get impartial advice on which platform is right for their setting, schools should visit The Key. To ensure schools continue to get the most out of using their platform the Government is also funding training and peer-to-peer support from demonstrator schools, who are already leading the way in using digital education platforms. Schools can find out more about this free support here.

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