How to get help with homeschooling

Last updated: 8 April, 2020

It’s important for children to continue with education at home and stay entertained: 

  • to give them a routine and structure to their day

  • so that they can continue to learn when schools are closed

  • for physical and mental wellbeing

  • to allow you to do fun things together as a family 

What you need 

  • a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone with an in-built camera and microphone 

  • access to wifi  

  • pencils, pens and paper 

  • materials for arts and crafts (optional) 

  • cooking ingredients (optional) 

  • your child’s favourite films (optional) 

  • an imagination  

  • patience 

Top tips for homeschooling 

1Provide a space for your child to learn

If you are able, set up a space for your child to work. This will help them to understand where home time ends and school time begins. 

If this isn’t possible, after the school day is over, clear all school work out of the way so that your child can relax.  

2Create a routine for your child

Write up a schedule for the subjects that will be covered in the day or week. Include time for breaks and fun.  

In between classes, allow your child to unwind.  If you have some basic materials at the ready, they could also get creative with arts and crafts. 

3Use some educational resources

There are many resources that can help you when educating your children from home. These might help: 

All ages 

  • the government has brought together a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. 

  • get support from your local council with home education 

  • BBC Bitesize offers revision and learning material for children of all ages 

  • We Are Teachers a website that usually provides materials for teaching staff, can now be used by parents who are homeschooling for information, inspiration and resources 

  • Teach provides learning materials for primary and secondary school pupils 

Primary school 

  • Circletime offers online video classes for younger learners between the ages of 0 and 6

  • Classroom Secrets provides games, video tutorials and downloadable learning packs for younger schoolchildren  

  • Oxford Owl offers free educational advice, activities and games for children aged between 3 to 11 

  • Good2Learn has Maths and English lessons that are aligned with the National Curriculum for children aged 7 to 11 

Secondary school  

  • Busuu is offering free language lessons online for children aged 14 and under

  • FutureLearn has plenty of online courses available, from beginner to undergraduate level

  • to learn digital and computing skills there are resources on IDEA 

  • Khan Academy offers free courses on most subjects 

These public figures are running regular classes and sessions  

There are many children’s authors currently doing read-alouds and activities for children. Storytime with David Walliams is every day at 11am. 

4Get inventive with tasks

Your child might be finding it strange being out of the school environment and learning at home. Setting challenges for your child can be educational and fun. You could try: 

  • encouraging your child to write a letter to an isolated family member, friend or neighbour

  • asking your child if there is a holiday destination that they’d like to visit - ask them to research the destination and present back to you their findings

  • getting your child to cook or bake one of their favourite foods by following a recipe

  • watching a film with your child and getting them to be a film reviewer and give their rating of it

  • letting your child be the teacher - pick a topic they are passionate about and let them teach you all they know

  • creating a treasure hunt for your child with educational clues 

5Keep your child active

Try to maintain hobbies that your child has enjoyed for a while if possible. There are other ways for your child to stay active: 

6Create a supportive environment

Your child might need a lot of support at the moment. Ask them how they are feeling, try to explain it to them in simple terms and give them plenty of reassurance.  

Get help for yourself - reach out to friends and family if possible, for emotional support and to share tips. There are online groups too, such as Facebook groups, for supporting one another and sharing tips.  

7Make time for yourself

Make time for yourself, this will help you stay energised for your child.  

Try and have a proper split between work, school, fun and rest. Take it easy on yourself and be proud of what you achieve with your child during this time.  

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