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Support during School Closure

Posted on: 20/03/2020

Home Schooling Tips/Ideas





Books for children, to support Mental Health and Wellbeing

An e-book about coping with worrries

An e-book about developing hope during lockdown 


Mental Health and Wellbeing

Public Health England’s guidance for parents and carers provides advice and information on how to support your child's and your own mental health and wellbeing during the time of school closures.  

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families 

For information on how to support mental health and wellbeing during these challenging times, please visit the Anna Freud Children and Families website at

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Description: advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.

Children’s Commissioner

Description: a downloadable guide for children about coronavirus.


A reminder that Childline is also available to support children and young people, they can be contacted by the phone on 0800 1111 

or online by visiting


What if I’m worried about my child or another child?

If you’re finding it hard at home with your child and are struggling to cope, call Family Lives for free, confidential advice on 0808 800 2222.

If you’re worried about the safety of another child in our community, call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. Or call the police on 999 if you think a child is in immediate danger.


Staying safe online




Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online

Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations

Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support

Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world

London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online

Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games

Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation

UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services


Staying Healthy/Physical

Click here for information about staying healthy

Visit the following website, for ideas and videos to keep children active whilst indoors

Yoga and mindfulness ideas:



Videos that get younger children up and dancing with CBeebies presenters:

10-minute activities based on Disney films:

Videos which help children move while they learn. They support curriculum subjects, including maths and English:

Videos delivered by teachers focussing on the PE curriculum:


Educational Websites

Visit the following websites for a range of educational games, ideas and activities you can use to support your child's learning:

All Subjects: Bitesize Daily has been developed by the BBC to provide new lessons every weekday for pupils in Year 1 to Year 10. 

All Subjects: Oak National Academy was created by teachers from schools across England. This free resource provides the equivalent of three hours of lessons a day for primary school pupils. 

All subjects:

All subjects:

All subjects:








Times Tables: 




English and maths:








Coding (ICT):


D.T.: - this website has pictures that you can use as prompts for discussion and writing, it includes questions and ideas as you scroll down the page



A range of Apps that can be downloaded onto a compatible device to support pupils with Special Educational Needs:

Brain Parade

Description: a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.


Description: a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.

Sensory App House Ltd

Description: a range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities.


Description: an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners.


Audio Books

Visit the following websites to find a range of audio books children can listen to, remember it is important for children to continue reading daily:


Other ideas

Edinburgh and San Diego Zoos have live cams in their animal enclosures, follow the links below to see the animals:

Edinburgh -

San Diego -

100 activities to complete indoors

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