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Stranded Banbury teacher takes lessons using webcam

Chris Orr
Chris Orr was described as a "very dedicated teacher"

A teacher from Oxfordshire stranded in Spain because of air restrictions is using an internet cafe to take lessons.

Chris Orr, who teaches at Sibford School, in Sibford Ferris near Banbury, was due to fly back from holiday in Alicante last Friday.

He is using a webcam to make sure that his business studies A-Level students do not miss out on lessons.

"I will not let anybody get out of doing any work. Work is set and classes are continuing," he said.

'Very impressed'

Mr Orr added: "I've been able to use an internet cafe and have had a webcam set up in the class in school and we've been teaching classes through videolink."

He said pupils did not find the technology too distracting.

900 miles doesn't seem much of an obstacle for him
Head teacher Michael Goodwin

"Obviously, at the start it was a bit of a novelty for everybody.

"Once they got over that, it worked a treat. Apparently, it was as though I was in the room."

Head teacher Michael Goodwin said: "I am very impressed at his initiative.

"He is a very dedicated teacher who works long hours.

"He is clearly resourceful enough to think of ways around his problem and 900 miles doesn't seem much of an obstacle for him."

Meanwhile, 16 teaching staff from King Alfred's School in Wantage have been left stranded because of the ban on flights.

The school said it on its website that it would face "severe staffing shortages" and would only open for certain year groups during the week.

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