In the UK, officials have described full-fledged reopening of schools as ‘pure fantasy,’ prompting an online school set up by the government to prepare 10,000 lessons in advance as a learning “backup” or Plan B for the new academic year. Although Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, has announced for the resumption of classes in “September,” headteachers have discarded the idea saying schools cannot accommodate all the pupils maintaining social distancing and hygiene for a “full attendance” as of now.
The Oak National Academy, a fully-funded online school is recruiting 300 teachers to create and store a massive bank of video lessons covering the extensive curriculum of both primary and secondary schools.
“We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for schools to have a really good-quality backup plan if, for whatever reason – and we hope this doesn’t happen – all their pupils can’t be back in school full time for the year ahead,” commented Matt Hood, Oak National Academy’s principal.
The school is dubious about facing another possible lockdown or implementing rota system where pupils will maintain part time attendance; however, the Academy is keen on providing schools with a plan B.
Since the lockdown was imposed, 80 teachers of the Academy have recorded more than 200 online lessons from their homes. So far, they have managed to deliver 14 million lessons to four million pupils.
The current curriculum is being redesigned to include black history, slave trade and other lessons that will reflect gender equality and diversity of its learners.