It lies in the personalisation of teaching

By accident, lockdown has shown English schools the secret of closing the achievement gap | Teaching | The Guardian

I wholeheartedly agree with this article published today, with one exception; BBC bitesize and Oak National do not offer personalisation of teaching.

They offer generic curriculum coverage content that can be accessed as many times as needed.

There are of course, benefits to this, as the author Laura points out. The benefits though are limited.

True personalisation comes from giving each learner what they need, when they need it, wherever they may be.

Their teacher has to lead this.

Sometimes this will be by sharing with the child, videos made by others. Sometimes it will be by sharing a bespoke video that they’ve made for the child.

When this level of personalised teaching is delivered, the benefits of time and access outlined in this piece increase astronomically.

What’s just as important though is the fact that parents and carers are able to see precisely what and how their child is being taught.

Parental engagement in education is of course, the single biggest influence on a child’s achievement.

I’m my opinion, the solution to closing the achieve the gap lies not in accessing generic content at your own pace.

I firmly believe it all lies in the personalisation of teaching.

Paul Rose, ex-headteacher.

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