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Higher Education: Remote Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 166423, tabled on 10 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to meet the Office for Students to discuss their recommendations in the Digital Learning and Teaching Review, entitled Gravity Assist: Propelling higher education towards a brighter future.

Answered on

15 March 2021

In June 2020, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, commissioned the chair of the Office for Students, Sir Michael Barber, to conduct a review of the shift toward digital teaching and learning in higher education since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Secretary of State for Education and I meet very regularly and have regular discussions with the Office for Students on the range of issues covered in Sir Michael Barber’s review of digital teaching and learning.

The recommendations that are set out in the review, published on 25 February 2021, are directed primarily at those working in higher education – both on the front line of teaching and in senior leadership positions. Together, they articulate a set of practical steps to help institutions implement the model of successful digital teaching and learning contained in this report.

The government welcomes the publication of the report which will be important in supporting higher education providers to realise the opportunities presented by digital teaching and learning in helping to ensure that all students, whatever their background, have a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives.

The full report can be found here: https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/publications/gravity-assist-propelling-higher-education-towards-a-brighter-future/.

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