This article by Pat Moores was first published in The Standard, Hong Kong 31 August 2021:
Throughout the pandemic, boarding schools moved learning online, but as the autumn term starts, the first question to answer is what future is there for online learning in UK boarding schools?
The short answer is that most schools have been desperate to return to face-to-face study and only a few are continuing to offer online learning provisions in addition to face-to-face learning.
Earlscliffe head Joss Williams represented the views of many in the sector when he said: “Blended learning can be made to work, but there is no replacement for face-to-face learning – the nuance, sense of a child’s mood, ability to encourage, support and nurture cannot be fully replicated. Even though our online provision was highly praised by students and parents, it is not enough in the long term.”