2/04/20

Secondary school teachers are being urged against the live streaming of lessons during the current period of school closures.

According to new guidance recently published by the National Education Union (NEU), teachers should be putting a larger focus on tasks that can be accessed offline, as opposed to mainly online learning methods.

In a statement, it said: “Teachers should not live-stream lessons from their homes, nor engage in any video calling, unless in exceptional circumstances with the parent.”

For primary staff, the NEU related separate guidance, saying: “Online lessons are not desirable for primary children as the teacher-pupil interaction is not easily replicated.

“Many children need a lot of guidance when working and cannot be left for long periods of time to complete complex tasks.”

The guidance goes on to explain that schools should work on setting tasks for students that do not require internet access.

“Any contact between pupils and teachers should only be through a platform provided by the school and not through personalised accounts open to public viewing, comments or sharing.”

The NEU also went on to warn against teachers engaging with students through personal communication channels such as personal email addresses or phone numbers, or carrying out online teaching “in the absence of agreed protocols”.

Nansi Ellis, NEU assistant secretary, said that they have concerns around teachers’ safety when it comes to live-streaming lessons.

“It is easy to misuse this type of video content,” she said. “We don’t want to put our members in any position where they could end up having their image shared. That’s a concern for us.”

We don’t want to put our members in any position where they could end up having their image shared.

Nansi EllisAssistant Secretary at NEU

Nansi Ellis, NEU assistance secretary, said that they have concerns around teachers’ safety when it comes to live-streaming lessons.

“It is easy to misuse this type of video content,” she said. “We don’t want to put our members in any position where they could end up having their image shared. That’s a concern for us.”

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