This checklist must be read in conjunction with the NASUWT guidance on remote teaching and learning.

The checklist highlights important professional and practical issues which members should consider before they engage in live streaming.

This checklist uses ‘live streaming’ to refer to lessons that are delivered in real time rather than lessons which are recorded and made available for viewing at a later time. It includes lessons delivered live by video conferencing or on a digital platform using a live chat function. Live streaming could involve the teacher working from home or at school and teaching pupils in their homes or in a school classroom.

Members must be satisfied that:

  • live streaming represents the most effective means of delivering a particular learning objective;

  • they are not being compelled to use live streaming, but have selected this approach themselves as a matter of informed and free professional choice;

  • the use of live streaming will involve a manageable number of pupils and will not educationally disadvantage those students who do not have access to relevant technology;

  • the technology they use allows them to blank out or distort their backgrounds;

  • there are arrangements in place to prevent pupils from recording sessions or capturing screen grabs;

  • explicit and informed written parental consent has been secured for their children to participate in live streamed lessons;

  • there is clear, agreed guidance for staff about how to deal with parents during live streaming;

  • information has been issued to parents by the school (which has been agreed by the NASUWT) making clear what is acceptable pupil and parental engagement in, and behaviour with regard to, live streaming;

  • information provided to parents should make it clear that only the class pupils should participate in the lesson and that it is unacceptable for a parent, sibling or other person to interrupt or seek to participate in the lesson;

  • live streaming will not involve one-to-one contact with pupils;

  • pupils are clear about the behaviour expected of them during live streamed sessions, e.g. taking turns to speak and not interrupting teachers or other pupils;

  • the technology being used will allow teachers to mute their microphones and those of pupil participants or to remove pupils from the session;

  • live streaming will be undertaken through the use of an employer-approved rather than personal account;

  • the preparation of materials for live streaming has been workload impact assessed and working time allocated for the preparation of materials;

  • live streaming will not result in excessive marking, planning and assessment-related burdens;

  • the required technology has been identified and appropriate training has been made available to staff;

  • no requirement has been placed on staff to provide or purchase their own equipment to support live streaming and staff who may have agreed to use their own equipment are being compensated as appropriate;

  • the platform and methodology being used to provide live streaming has been risk assessed in the context of the school’s policies on:

    • safeguarding;
    • data protection; and
    • health and safety.
  • health and safety guidance has been issued by the employer to staff which complies with safety requirements for the use of screen time, home working and disability access;

  • live streams will not be monitored for the purposes of performance management/appraisal;

  • live streaming sessions are not being recorded;

  • there is no expectation by the employer that live streaming will take place outside the working day (e.g. in the evenings, at weekends or during school holiday periods);

  • there is no requirement on teachers to attend school sites to deliver live streamed lessons where it is clear that provision could be made just as effectively from a teacher’s home.

If the provisions in this checklist are not being met and the school is resistant to accepting these safeguards, then you should email the NASUWT for further advice and support.