As of 11 May, primary schools have reopened. Primary school pupils resumed their classes on a “part-time” basis, alternating between school and home education.
During the lockdown
Schools prepared their own teaching materials and the ministry runs a dedicated website with an overview of applications, educational resources and suppliers on teaching remotely. Schools require more guidance on lesson plans and prioritising subjects.
Assessment is done partially online while national tests in primary education are halted. The decision to what secondary school pupils can go to will be based only on the teacher report.
The website provides an overview of all relevant information schools need to enable learning at a distance. Kennisnet had developed some tutorials and gathered best practices for, amongst other things, online teaching, choosing learning materials, collaboration, ICT infrastructure, testing and all matters concerning privacy and safety. Organisations throughout the Netherlands have been asked to share their experiences and best practices with Kennisnet. Kennisnet then uses this input to act as a guide to schools in shaping education. Kennisnet has also opened a digital desk to answer any questions that schools and teachers might have. SIVON and Kennisnet have worked together to buy and distribute devices to children in need of a device at home. They are also collaborating with major ICT companies and telecom providers to help children with more devices and high-speed internet.