FREE Resources For Parents Facing School Closures


Worried about your school closing due to the corona virus (covid19)?

Home Educators in the North East of England have collected some online resources that may help. These resources have been used by home educating parents and we hope that it can help you if you are faced with school closures or having to self isolate.

FREE online education resources

A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus (covid19). This has been compiled by home educators to share with the wider school communities. Click on the link to access more information from their website.

BBC Learning – This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.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.

Big History Project – Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Blockly – Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Blue Peter Badges – f you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

British Council – Resources for English language learning

Cbeebies Radio -Listening activities for the younger ones.

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.

DK Find Out – Activities and quizzes

Duolingo – Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Futurelearn – 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).

Geography Games – Geography gaming!

IDEA Awards – Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

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.

Mystery Science – Free science lessons, additional lessons can be purchased.

National Geographic Kids – Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Nature Detectives – A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

Numberstacks – online maths resource extended their 7 day trial to 14 days whilst schools are under threat of closure.

Openlearn – 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.

Oxford Owl for Home – Lots of free resources for Primary age

PawPrint Badges – Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Prodigy Maths – Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Red Ted Art – Easy arts and crafts for all ages. They also have a great YouTube channel.

Scratch – Creative computer programming

Seneca – For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Ted Ed – All sorts of engaging educational videos

The Artful Parent – Good, free art activities.

The Imagination Tree – Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

The Kid Should See This – Wide range of cool educational videos

Tinkercad – All kinds of making.

Toy Theater – Educational online games.

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 UK school closures.

More free resources and ideas for temporary home educating/schooling due to school closures coming soon.

UPDATE: The wonderful North East Home Educators have created their own website The Education Hub with a few more resources!

Take care from all of us

The Witty Hoots team

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