Shropshire Council

Educating pupils at home

During the current Covid19 (coronavirus) pandemic many of us are juggling the new responsibility of home schooling alongside our normal day to day duties. This can feel overwhelming, therefore we've complied a vast list of educational resources and activities for families, children and young people, and teaching staff to use during these unprecedented times. 

The government has published the following: 

1. Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) which is guidance for parents and carers to help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (Covid-19).

2. Coronavirus (Covid 19): list of online education resources for home education for Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) - some online educational resources which are being made available for free. They are not designed to replace a school’s properly planned curriculum but may be useful for parents of children with SEND in considering how they could support their children’s education.

Resources for families

The websites below are sites that have been set up with links to resources ideas, solutions, plans and support.

  • 'HomeLearningUK' is being led by educators who have come together to offer time and expertise to support colleagues, parents and students in the UK and beyond. In light of the Covid19 pandemic and potential school closure this website is designed to share ideas, solutions, plans and support.
  • AmazingEducationalResources.com A list of and links to education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closures
  • kidsactivities.com Another list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings

The sites contain a lot of information, which can seem overwhelming, so it may be useful to have an idea of what sort of activity or information you are looking for before visiting to make it easier to search. 

Resources for pupils and teaching staff

  • Learning by Questions offers 60,000 questions, allowing pupils to deepen their knowledge, freeing up what limited time teachers (and home schooling parents) have.
  • Me Power provides more than 100 practical tactics and tips to improve well being and exam performance.
  • KAZ-Type is a typing software that is differentiated in order to be accessible to both mainstream students and those with special educational needs.
  • Gojimo.com has GCSE quizzes that relate to different specifications and are set up and ready to go.
  • Quizlet.com/live can be used to create keyword flashcards online and give out to students.
  • Another great app for creating timed quizzes is Kahoot.com for added competition for keywords or ideas.
  • Memrise.com is a useful app for all languages and uses videos to help learners.
  • Tableau Public is a great platform to connect to a spreadsheet and create interactive visuals.
  • Looking for visual thinking? Try bubbl.us, to help students better understand, remember and generate new ideas.
  • Revisionbuddies.com can provide short bursts of revision for many GCSE topics and tracks progress too. It even allows the pupils to access past papers and mark schemes.
  • Goconqr.com allows pupils or teachers to create mind maps and flashcards using key terms.
  • Wordflex.com app uses a dictionary with a focus on key terms and a content-rich curriculum.
  • Keltymentalhealth.ca/breathr  helps pupils focus and relax can be a useful tool for achieving top grades.
  • Poll Everywhere is a vital tool to gain feedback; ideal for voting and gathering data online.
  • Brainpop has a great set of videos, freely available for pupils.
  • Make beautiful boards, documents, and webpages that are easy to read and fun to contribute to at Padlet.
  • Seneca Learning offers many online courses for pupils.
  • Safer Internet Day safe internet use resources for parents and educators.
  • Finally, it’s been around for a while and just as good, BBC Bitesize resources and videos.
  • Prodigy Maths Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
  • All School Digital Community of Educators & Directory of Resources

Resources for teaching staff

  • Young Money supports teachers to develop and deliver high-quality financial education.
  • Edupuzzle Choose a video, give it your magic touch and track your students’ comprehension. 
  • Unio creates lesson plans, content and provides feedback and evaluation tools.
  • Introduce creativity into your English classes – try Young Writers.
  • Socrative.com allows teachers to create simple quizzes that students can take quickly.
  • Super Movers is an initiative from the BBC and Premier League and is designed to help primary school teachers inspire children to become more active throughout their school day.
  • Bedrock Vocabulary - evidence-based and fun online learning sites. Bedrock is suitable for all Key Stages.
  • Litdrive account  useful resources on there including work booklets that students can complete at home.
  • All School Digital Community of Educators & Directory of Resources

A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators

  • Khan Academy Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. (Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material).
  • BBC Learning This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
  • Future Learn Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
  • Seneca For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
  • Open Learn Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
  • Blockly Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
  • Scratch Creative computer programming
  • Ted Ed All sorts of engaging educational videos
  • National Geographic Kids Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
  • Duolingo Learn languages for free. Web or app.
  • Mystery Science Free science lessons
  • The Kids Should See This Wide range of cool educational videos
  • Crash Course You Tube videos on many subjects
  • Crash Course Kids As above for a younger audience
  • Crest Awards Science awards you can complete from home.
  • iDEA Awards Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
  • Paw Print Badges Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
  • Tinkercad All kinds of making.
  • British Council Resources for English language learning
  • Oxford Owl Lots of free resources for Primary age
  • Big History Project Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
  • Geography Games Geography gaming!
  • Blue Peter Badges If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
  • The Artful Parent Good, free art activities
  • Red Ted Art Easy arts and crafts for little ones
  • Toy theatre Educational online games
  • DK Find Out Activities and quizzes
  • Twinkl This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

EYFS (Early years foundation stage) resources

If you know of any other resources that you think should be added please contact Gemma Breckell, SEN & Local Offer Development Officer (local.offer@shropshire.gov.uk)