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AITSL Mail - January 2019
Monday 6 April 2020

With the emergence of COVID-19 and the move to social-distancing and remote learning, there are many questions about how schooling will work during the pandemic and what is the best approach to support learners, teachers and families.
Today, we share with you our latest Spotlight report outlining practical approaches to help teachers establish online and distance learning for their students.
For teachers, the report highlights that the best student outcomes are achieved when ‘systems’ are established that make use of a range of activities and that enable the flexible delivery of schooling. Maintaining a strong teacher presence and support for students are also critical. The report includes evidence-based advice on setting expectations around teacher availability as well as creating a supportive, online community for collaborative learning.
The report also highlights the critical role of parents and carers, in setting up a home environment that is conducive to learning. This includes access to books or other learning resources and engaging the child in out-of-school activities such as gardening or physical exercise. Parents are also encouraged to play an increased role in monitoring wellbeing, including cyber-safety.

"AITSL is proud to be able to support teachers and parents by producing this comprehensive and evidence-based resource. It goes without saying that this is a difficult and challenging time for educators, parents and students across Australia. It is in all of our interests to respond well to the current crisis and to reflect on what the evidence tells us." – Laureate Professor John Hattie, AITSL Board Chair.
"We’re hearing from schools across the country who are working hard to ensure quality learning continues albeit in a different way for students in the coming months. I think AITSL’s work will prove to be a valuable resource to support schools and guide all teachers in their plans to transition to remote learning."
Malcolm Elliott, President of the Australian Primary Principals Association.
Access the report here
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