COVID-19 support

 

Throughout the first national lockdown, NSN collated guidance and resources to support remote learning and other issues faced by the education sector. As schools again close to most students, we will begin to source guidance and resources to share on our Twitter channel. Key resources are listed below, with further resources from 2020 listed at the bottom of this page.

Teaching and learning

  • From Monday the 11th January, Joe Wicks is bringing back #PEwithJoe on YouTube. Three sessions will be made available every week, at 9:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  

  • From Monday the 11th January, the BBC will be broadcasting lessons on BBC Two and CBBC. Three hours of primary school programming will be available every weekday on CBBC, and at least two hours for secondary pupils will be broadcast on BBC Two. You can find out more about the BBC’s plans to televise lessons on here

  • BBC Bitesize has a wide range of academic content divided into subject and Key Stage categories, with a new material added since the first lockdown. You can access BBC Bitesize here.

  • Join Oak National Academy’s community of teachers and parents to receive updates on new lessons, resources and helpful guides to support remote learning. Click here to find out more

  • Artist Rob Biddulph is posting live draw-along videos every Tuesday and Thursday on YouTube to help students with their artwork and wellbeing. To #DrawWithRob, visit his YouTube channel here

  • Twinkl is offering every parent access to downloadable teaching and educational materials with a one-month membership free of charge. Find out more here.  

  • To access parental support for home learning, including tips on reading with children, games that support maths, and supporting homework, visit the ParentKind website. 

  • Anita Cleare’s Thinking Parenting blog has a wealth of ideas on how parents can support their child’s home learning. You can view the blog at this link.

  • MyTutor has a range of free resource and study notes to help students with their homework. You can access their resource bank here

  • Inspired by the wonderful world of children's books, The British Library Learning Team provides free resources here

  • Darrell Wakelam’s #ArtJumpStart is a collection of easy art projects to try at home using materials from your recycling. Download the full collection here.

  • Award-winning children’s author Piers Torday is reading from his book The Dark Wild at 14:30 every weekday from Wednesday 6th January. Piers will read a chapter a day, live on Instagram, with a catch up option available on YouTube

Digital support

  • Three, Smarty, Virgin Mobile, EE, Tesco Mobile and Sky Mobile have signed up to the Department for Education’s Get Help with Technology programme. These companies will temporarily increase data allowances for mobile phone users, so that children and young people can access remote education. Schools can find out more and request free data here.

  • The Department for Education is providing 4G wireless routers for disadvantaged children to help them get online and access remote education. You can find out more about eligibility here.

  • The Department for Education's Edtech Demonstrator Programme is free to all state funded schools. The programme offers peer to peer technology assistance to support remote teaching and learning. Schools can access up to 6 weeks' worth of support on vast range of subjects such as platform CPD (Google, Microsoft, Apple, Seesaw, Tapestry), SEND, inclusion, safeguarding, feedback, 1 to 1 devices, wellbeing, and engagement. All support is delivered through a network of 50 demonstrators. Schools should register their interest here

  • Comparethemarket.com have published a guide to screen addictions and responsible digital use. This page also includes useful resources on digital detox and the health impacts of screen time.

Safeguarding and mental health

  • The NSPCC has a range of information to help schools implement effective safeguarding measures when teaching remotely. You can access guidance here. If you are worried about the mental health and wellbeing of your child or a pupil, contact the NSPCC for support on 0808 800 5000 or by emailing help@nspcc.org.uk.

  • Young Minds encourages children who are feeling worried, sad and frustrated by school closures to access free mental health support by texting YM to 85258.

  • The NHS’s #EveryMindMatters campaign helps offers tips and suggestions which can help parents and teachers support the wellbeing of a child who may be struggling because of school closures. Find out more here.  

Archive material

For the latest guidance from the Department for Education, click here.

For the latest guidance from Public Health England, click here.

For guidance on supporting mental health and wellbeing, visit Young Minds and NSPCC.

If you have any queries, please contact us through our online form or by emailing helpdesk@newschoolsnetwork.org. NSN remains available to help all free schools however possible during the pandemic. 

Please note: Resources have been shared publicly by external organisations and NSN has not been involved in creating them. Clicking the links will take you to external websites.