The Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) was commissioned by the Department of Education as part of the Continuity of Learning Programme to provide guidance on effective ways in which the curriculum could be tailored (planned for, implemented and assessed) across the range of areas of learning and subject areas for a phased return for children to full-time education.
The ETI met reference groups of curricular co-ordinators, Heads of Department and leaders on a cross-sectional basis from across Northern Ireland to seek their views on the challenges of remote learning and teaching, and what approaches they might take in moving towards the return to school with as many children and young people as possible, complemented by blended learning where necessary.
These phase-specific publications represent the first phase of that work and present the views of settings and schools in June 2020.
In addition, the ETI has published the Safeguarding Remote and blended learning: challenges and approaches paper which identifies the key safeguarding challenges faced by schools and educational/training organisations during the period of educational closures due to COVID-19 and how these have been approached across all phases of education and training.
The ETI has published an interim paper, Considerations for planning and self-evaluation in the academic year 2020-21 based on a number of key Department of Education (DE) publications. The paper illustrates how schools may continue to link the school development planning and self-evaluation processes in 2020-21 with the Inspection and Self-Evaluation Framework (ISEF).