Understanding Ofsted / Estyn’s Expectations for Effective Online Learning


Course introduction

In January 2021, the government published new guidance that strengthened expectations for the provision of remote education while schools and colleges remain closed to most pupils. This has been further supported through publications by both ESTYN and OFSTED offering useful advice for leaders and teachers, aimed at helping them develop their remote education offer.

This practical half day course will examine the implications of national guidance and expectations for remote learning, explore models of best practice based on inspection advice from relevant regulatory bodies; and consider what school leaders and teachers can do to further support the learning, well-being, and progress of learners during and after the current pandemic.

Participants will be provided with a comprehensive set of resources on completion of the workshop.

The training will be divided into two sessions:

Session 1: Expectations and Advice
• Government guidance, regulatory advice,
• Models of best practice.
• Establishing baseline expectations
• Evaluating current provision.

Session 2: Implementation, Evaluation, and Impact
• Practical strategies to develop more effective remote learning,
• Meeting the well-being and mental health needs of our students,
• Reaching difficult to engage learners
•Evidencing the impact of our remote learning interventions.

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What we will cover throughout the day

  • Know what the relevant guidance and expectations are for remote learning and student wellbeing;

  • Understand what high quality remote learning can look like based on models of good practice;

  • Be able to lead, plan and deliver effective remote teaching and support that empowers students’ learning, well-being, and progress.

Target audience

This workshop is aimed at school leaders and teachers engaged with remote learning or student wellbeing.

Trainers for this course

Steve BurnageSteve Burnage
Steve Burnage

Having spent over 25 years teaching and leading a variety of schools across the UK, Steve is a sought after as an expert practitioner, consultant, and trainer. He specialises in developin...g effective school leadership at all levels; and supporting outstanding and impactful classroom practice, pedagogy, learning and teaching.

Steve is lead quality assurance inspector for The British Council in Egypt, where he also leads successful training programmes for school leaders and teachers. These programmes have now been taken up by The British Council in Nepal and Saudi Arabia where programmes having been piloted with teachers and school leaders and are now due for implementation academic year 2021-2022.

Steve has led teaching and learning development projects in China, Kazakhstan, and Kurdish Iraq.

In China, he worked in partnership with the Ministry of Education to train Chinese teachers in modern classroom pedagogy and practice as part of the Chinese Government’s 2020 Education reforms.

In Kazakhstan, Steve worked with partners from Cambridge University Press to train local teachers to plan, write and implement a series of primary textbooks as a tool for remote education reform.

In Kurdish Iraq, Steve worked in partnership with a large chain of international schools to train teachers and school leaders in modern pedagogy and leadership, quality assurance and inspection. This was part of a larger project to lead education reform across Kurdish Iraq which has had to be put on hold due to the pandemic.

Currently, Steve is co-ordinating leadership development and curriculum development projects for government schools in India, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia. This includes working with a Mumbai based University to plan, write and lead a post graduate diploma in Global Education, alongside leading leadership, and teacher training for many schools across India.

Alongside Steve’s training and education reform projects, he receives frequent invitations to speak at international education conferences, features in a wide range of training videos and online seminars, hosts regular interactive webinar sessions on key aspects of effective classroom practice and school leadership; and coaches and mentors headteachers worldwide.

Steve is a lead trainer for The British Council, and lead trainer and examiner for Cambridge Assessment International Examinations and the International Baccalaureate Steve writes, delivers and hosts training and consultancy in schools, colleges, academies and conference venues throughout the UK, Europe, The Indian Subcontinent, Central and southern Asia and the Middle East as well as supporting organisations in planning, producing and delivering on-line and blended learning education courses.

Steve writes a regular column for several UK education publications and is currently writing a teacher development training manual for an international publisher. In addition to his work in education reform and development, Steve is a professional musician, choral conductor and arranger who leads choral workshops for amateur and professional singers.

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