Home education tips and resources for parents during coronavirus school closures across UK

19 March 2020, 11:29

Schools will close across the UK from Friday
Schools will close across the UK from Friday. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Schools across the country will close from tomorrow - except to children of "key workers" - with parents rushing to find out how best to educate their children from home.

Here are some home education tips for parents and guardians who want keep their children learning during the coronavirus school closures across the UK.

Parents are putting together preparations before schools close across the UK tomorrow.

The Education Secretary says gates could be shut "for quite a considerable time" because of the coronavirus outbreak.

But classrooms will remain open for children of key workers - like police officers and NHS staff.

The government's expected to confirm which roles qualify later.

Read more: Who is a key worker and what children are classed as vulnerable in UK school closures?

Teachers have urged that pupils who will not be in school remain busy to keep up to date with their learning.

Primary school teacher Elizabeth Oladipo told LBC News: “First things first they [parents and guardians] need to create a warm environment for the children. Don’t make them feel like a burden to be around.”

The Essex educator added: “Establish routines - this is helpful for parents too- because that’s what keeps them sane in school so it will work at home.”

Here are some resources that parents and guardians can use to keep their children up to speed during term time.

Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities, while Travel and Leisure enables youngsters to pretend to travel the world and go on virtual tours of 12 famous museums.

A website called Twinkl is offering a month of free subscription, it has got everything parents will need from nursery to secondary school. Meanwhile, Pobble 365 is a good website for exercise skills.

Further online resources:

- BrainPop

- Curiosity Stream

- Tynker

- Outschool

- Udemy

- iReady

- Beast Academy (Math)

- Khan Academy

- Creative Bug

- Discovery Education

YouTube Channels:

- Crash Course Kids

- Science Channel

- SciShow Kids

- National Geographic Kids

- Free School

- Geography Focus

- TheBrainScoop

- SciShow

- Kids Learning Tube

- Geeek Gurl Diaries

- Mike Likes Science

- Science Max

- SoulPancake

Adults have also been encouraged to implement board games, library books (and Kindle), tinkering/upcycling with household junk into the routine.

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