COVID-19 - Resources
COVID-19 - Resources
Laptops, tables and 4G wireless routers
Full opening of Schools guidance states the following:
Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers have been made available to local authorities and academy trusts to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children (specifically, care leavers, children and young people with a social worker, and disadvantaged year 10 pupils). Local authorities and academy trusts will continue to own and use these devices (including for catch up purposes) following pupils returning to school in the autumn term. They will be responsible for loaning them in the event that a school is required to close temporarily due to coronavirus (COVID-19). If required, the department will look to provide further device and connectivity support for disadvantaged pupils who would otherwise lack access during a school closure. These devices will be owned by the school.
In addition to 4G routers provided to local authorities and academy trusts, the Department for Education is working in partnership with BT to offer free access to BT WiFi hotspots for disadvantaged pupils. We are also working with the major telecommunications companies to expand this offer and provide access to free additional data to families who rely on a mobile internet connection while the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) requires pupils to learn from home and access social care services online. More information on increasing internet access for vulnerable and disadvantaged children is available
Get help using online education platforms
The DfE are providing:
- Government-funded access to one of two free-to-use digital education platforms: Google for Education or Microsoft Office 365 Education. Schools can apply through The Key for School Leaders. The Key also provides feature comparison and case studies on how schools are making the most of these platforms.
- a network of schools and colleges for help and support on effective use of tech for remote education that can be accessed through the EdTech Demonstrator Programme.
Online resources for parents and teachers
The DfE have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education
In the autumn term, BBC Bitesize will be providing a new service to mark the return to school of millions of children.
The service has been designed to cater for a school experience which may be very different this time, with staggered school days, year groups in ‘bubbles’ and the possibility of COVID outbreaks resulting in localised school closures.
To reflect this, they will focus on delivering four key things:
- A ‘catch-up’ service to help children with some of the key primary maths and English concepts they may have missed in the summer term. Modelled on our hugely-successful Bitesize Daily Lessons, it will be designed to be used independently by children, or by their parents or teachers to help them learn
- A wide-ranging suite of easy-to-find, engaging, learning resources, for children aged 5 to 15, which complement the special autumn curricula being developed across the UK. These resources will be clearly mapped to those curricula, so they can be used inside or outside school
- The service for GCSE and Nationals/Highers students, will feature comprehensive learning guides arranged by exam board and subject topic
- Regular curriculum-related Live Lessons, featuring teachers, experts and well-known BBC faces, which will bring schools and year groups together for some fun and interactive shared learning.
Oak National Academy
- From that start of the autumn term, Oak National Academy will make available video lessons covering the entire national curriculum, available to any school for free. These are being in developed in partnership with a wide group of teachers and school leaders to develop lessons in the popular topics. The resources will be as flexible as possible, allowing schools to reorder topics and lessons, to match their own plans and curriculum.
- Oak National Academy specialist content for pupils with SEND. This covers communication and language, numeracy, creative arts, independent living, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech and language therapy. Their provision for next academic year will include an expanded range of content for the specialist sector.
Education Endowment Fund (EEF)
The EEF has pulled together a whole range of other evidence based resources, for both schools and parents, which can be found on their website, Education Endowment Foundation.
This includes the following:
- National Tutoring Programme
- COVID-19 support guide for schools
- Best evidence on impact of school closures of the attainment gap
- Support resources for schools
- Best evidence on supporting schools to learn remotely
- Support resources to share with parents
Connecting teachers across Buckinghamshire
A new website has been designed to keep teachers across Bucks (and beyond) connected during this uniquely challenging period. The site has been designed by a web designer, Richard Robinson, with the content developed by a team of teachers and educational psychologists from Aspire and Buckinghamshire Council, overseen by Debra Rutley, Executive Headteacher of Aspire.
The site has been shaped by requests from educators and leaders across Bucks and we will continue to develop it in the light of your suggestions and ideas.
This site is for all staff working in collaboration with Bucks schools – and beyond. A hub of resources, ideas and discussions for and by members of our school communities, it has been developed to create a sense of connection during these exceptional times but should evolve into a central platform for ongoing collaboration in our research and practice
Pupils with SEND
The government has been working with a range of other organisations to create extra resources. See:
- a list of online education resources for children with SEND
- coronavirus educational resources from The Sensory Projects
- SEND-specific resources for learning from home from Tech Ability
They have also worked with other organisations to create information on ways you can help children learn at home. See:
- advice on supporting children with a learning disability or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) from the Council for Disabled Children
- recommendations on special educational needs from the Education Endowment Foundation
See the full government guidance: Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Parents with primary aged children
Parents with children under 5
For parents with children under 5 years old who have not yet started school, the Department for Education’s Hungry Little Minds campaign features tips and practical activities that you can do at home with children to support their early learning. There are many simple ways to help your children learn and it does not have to feel like ‘learning’.
Having everyday conversations, make-believe play and reading together all make a big difference to your child’s development. You can find more ideas and content from the BBC’s Tiny Happy People campaign and the National Literacy Trust’s Family Zone. The Department for Education has published further guidance on how to help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This has been updated to include a section on mental health and well-being.
Online resource for Staff CPD
The Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance have compiled a list of organisations offering online professional development for teachers and other school staff.
All the organisations listed are currently providing free access to at least some of their online learning materials.
A new online learning platform to help boost the nation’s skills while people are staying at home, has been launched 28th April by the Department for Education.
Free courses are available through a new online platform hosted on the gov.uk website, called The Skills Toolkit. The new platform gives people access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.
Please find below update on Science Resources from STEM Regional Lead, Shelley Hancock:
The government teaching blog is a resource for teachers, by teachers. Through it, they share teachers’ stories and useful advice from schools across England.
You will find examples of best practice from teachers.
Although the blog is primarily for teachers, others in the teaching community such as headteachers, governors, parents and education professionals may also find it useful.
Recent submissions include how schools are coping with the current situation, such as the challenge of delivering remote education, leading and managing in uncertain times and flexible working in schools
Public Health England operate a free health resource called e-Bug, consisting of lesson plans, worksheets and multimedia for educators and students from ages 4 to 18. e-Bug, which is an evidence-based resource, primarily educates students on infection prevention and control and covers a range of topics including: