Home Schooling 101 - Tips to help keep the children engaged

Story posted: 16.04.20

Home Schooling

During this unusual time, children being away from school and stuck at home can present a real problem. Schools are closed across the nation to prevent the spread of coronavirus, keeping children and parents safe from potential exposure. Luckily, there is assistance available online. We have compiled some tips to help with home schooling.

Routines

The Department of Education say that home learning does not have to mirror patterns of the school day. You are not required to have set hours during which education will take place, observe school hours, days or terms, or even have a timetable. There is not necessarily a specific length of time you should spend per day teaching your children. Even just a couple of hours of more engaging work at home can equate to the same learning over a normal length school day as children will be receiving more focused attention.

Set Work 

Many schools will have their own web portals set up to access current curriculum materials during this time. If that is the case, this is the best place to start with content and to gauge an idea on subject matter.

Websites

BBC Bitesize offers resources for primary, secondary and further education. Guides are written by teachers and subject experts and are mapped to follow the curricula of the UK.

BBC Teach brings subjects to life with interactive lessons featuring some of the BBC's biggest brands and presenters.

Duolingo is mainly considered a tool for adult learners to pick up a new language but it also has lessons specially for school kids which can support modern language classes.

The Artful Parent shows learning at home doesn't have to be all about being in front of a screen. It is with fun craft ideas to get kids thinking creatively. 

Exams & Tests 

The Department for Education has already confirmed that SATs will not take place this May as well as many other GCSE and A-Level exams. This could be seen as a blessing for some students but generally, we are hearing that teenagers in particular feel they are missing out on their opportunity to prove themselves in their exams.

We wish all children luck in their future education despite this period of uncertainty.


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