To combat the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges implemented social-distancing in late March. This meant that colleges and other providers closed their doors to all but the most vulnerable learners and children of key workers. Education and learning continued remotely, in part through a range of online and other distance-learning resources, including webinars and tele-conferencing.
In light of this, Ofsted wanted to understand how FES providers and their learners were getting on with remote and online education. The FES sector was also keen for Ofsted to look at this in more detail. So, with their support, Ofsted carried out a review into the quality of learners’ experiences of online education in a small sample of volunteer providers.
Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, governors will be scrutinising the quality of online provision, and Ofsted’s findings could be a useful place to start when seeking guidance on what to look for and what the expectations are.