Government list of online education resources for home education

Resources

Ages:

  • Under 5s
  • Primary
  • Secondary

Cost:

Free

Description

The Government have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

Source: visit the Gov.uk website here

The list includes subject-specific resources for:

They are currently being offered for free.

Individual resources cannot replace a school’s properly planned curriculum, and the resources in this list are not intended to do so.

They may be useful for parents in considering how they could support their children’s education, but they should not be used in place of existing resources which schools may be using as part of their continued provision for pupils’ education at this time.

Schools may also wish to explore this initial list of resources as they consider how they continue to support children’s education.

We will review and update the list over time. Details on how that will work will be provided in the coming weeks.

This list of resources is not exhaustive and there are many other resources available to schools.

Before using these resources, you should refer to the guidance ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers’, which has further information on how to keep children safe online.

Disclaimer

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Note that you use all content at your own risk. Resources made available through the lists are subject to third party terms and conditions and copyright law.

Access to resources is in most cases free of charge, but it is your responsibility to check whether you have to pay to view and/or copy specific content contained within the resources.

English

This initial list of English resources is based on recommendations from English Hub schools and trusted teachers.

Reading, especially for primary age children, is critical to their educational development and something that families can do together.

Some publishers are making their catalogues available for free. Schools should check what is available for the books used in their schools.

English: primary

Phonics

Schools should seek advice from their phonics programme provider about resources that are available to support remote phonics learning at home. For example, Read Write Inc. (RWI) has made video content freely available online.

DfE’s validated phonics programmes are:

However, some schools will use programmes not on this list.

English Hub schools are developing resources for schools that use Letters and Sounds.

Audible

Website: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed.

Registration: not required

Authorfy

Website: https://authorfy.com

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: access to masterclasses on texts from a range of authors, including videos from the authors and activities linked to novels.

Registration: is required

Book Trust

Website: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, including fiction and non-fiction. Family activities are included in the ‘Home Time’ section.

Registration: not required

Classroom Secrets

Website: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs which cover a range of subjects, including reading and writing.

Registration: not required

Elevenses with the World of David Walliams

Website: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

Key stages: key stage 2

Description: one free audio book reading is available to listen to every day.

Registration: not required

English Mastery

Website: https://www.englishmastery.org/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource books providing 8 weeks of activities.

Registration: not required

Literacy Shed

Website: https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/browse/free-resources/key-stage-2-activity-packs

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube.

Registration: not required

Love Reading 4 Kids

Website: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, covering fiction and non-fiction.

Registration: not required

Pobble 365

Website: https://www.pobble365.com/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided.

Registration: not required

Poetry by Heart

Website: https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/

Key stages: key stage 2

Description: a wide selection of poetry covering different topics

Registration: not required to view poems, but it is required to access teaching resources.

Purple Mash

Website: https://2simple.com/purple-mash/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: free during the school closure period. Each week, a selection of daily activities is produced on different subjects, including comprehension and grammar.

Registration: is required

Storytime with Nick

Website: https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/help-during-school-closure/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: available from Monday 20 April. Films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer.

Registration: not required

The Children’s Poetry Archive

Website: https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: an archive of spoken poetry recordings. Children can listen to poems read out loud.

Registration: not required

The Day newsletter

Website: https://theday.co.uk/subscriptions/the-day-home

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a daily newsletter for parents and carers at home with children, helping to enrich learning with real-world knowledge and skills.

Registration: is required

English: secondary

Audible

Website: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed.

Registration: not required

English Mastery

Website: https://www.englishmastery.org/

Key stages: key stage 3

Description: downloadable resource books providing 12 weeks of activities covering writing and poetry.

Registration: not required

English and Media Centre

Website: https://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/publications/

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: downloadable resources covering a range of texts for key stage 3. GCSE resources are categorised by examination board.

Registration: not required

Pobble 365

Website: https://www.pobble365.com/

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: a new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided

Registration: not required

Poetry by Heart

Website: https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: A wide selection of poetry covering different topics.

Registration: not required to view poems, but it is required to access teaching resources.

Seneca

Website: https://app.senecalearning.com/courses?Price=Free&Age+Group=GCSE&Subject=English+Language

Key stages: key stage 4

Description: a range of downloadable resources covering the GCSE curriculum, categorised by examination board.

Registration: not required

The Children’s Poetry Archive

Website: https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: an archive of spoken poetry recordings. Pupils can listen to poems being read aloud.

Registration: not required

The Day newsletter

Website: https://theday.co.uk/subscriptions/the-day-home

Key stages: key stage 3, key stage 4 and key stage 5

Description: a daily newsletter for parents and carers at home with children, helping to enrich learning with real-world knowledge and skills.

Registration: is required

Maths

This initial list of maths resources is based on recommendations from the National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching for Mathematics (NCETM) and maths teachers.

Some maths publishers are now making their offers to schools free or providing free trials. Schools already using a trusted or familiar maths package should continue to do so.

Maths: primary

Hamilton Trust (home learning section)

Website: https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group.

Registration: not required

Mathematics Mastery

Website: https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources

Key stages: early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable guidance and resource packs for parents and pupils.

Registration: not required

Nrich

Website: https://nrich.maths.org/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range.

Registration: not required

Numberblocks

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-with-maths

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: videos for numeracy development designed for children aged 0 to 6. There are fun activities that can be applied to everyday life and play.

Registration: not required

Top Marks

Website: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a range of interactive maths games categorised by age group.

Registration: not required

White Rose Maths (home learning)

Website: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: presentations and downloadable workbooks which are easy to use for parents. New material is being released each week.

Registration: not required

Maths: secondary

Bowland Maths Resources

Website: https://www.bowlandmaths.org.uk/

Key stages: key stage

Description: downloadable assessments on a range of subjects, including sample answers and assessment tips.

Registration: not required

Corbett Maths

Website: https://corbettmaths.com/contents/

Key stages: key stage 4

Description: a range of videos and downloadable questions categorised by topic and predicted grade.

Registration: not required

Hegarty Maths

Website: https://hegartymaths.com/

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: interactive activities including videos and questions. Teachers can track student progress and tailor next steps

Registration: requires school registration

Integral Core Maths Platform

Website: https://integralmaths.org/2017/

Key stages: key stage 5

Description: activities with the ability for teachers to allocate and track pupil progress.

Registration: requires school registration

MangaHigh

Website: https://www.mangahigh.com/en-gb/

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: interactive maths resources, including topic-specific questions and games that allow teachers to track student progress and set activities.

Registration: requires school registration

Mathigon

Website: https://mathigon.org/

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: interactive maths resources that allow teachers and parents to track student progress and set activities.

Registration: not required

Maths Kitchen

Website: https://mathskitchen.com/topics

Key stages: key stage 4

Description: an interactive GCSE revision website. Resources are categorised by topic, including video lessons and practice questions.

Registration: not required

Mathematics Mastery

Website: https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources

Key stages: key stage 3

Description: downloadable guidance and resource packs for parents and pupils.

Registration: not required

Nrich

Website: https://nrich.maths.org/

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: a range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range.

Registration: not required

Nrich Core Maths

Website: https://nrich.maths.org/12524

Key stages: key stage 3 to key stage 5

Description: games and puzzles as well as mathematical-thinking and problem-solving questions. Content is categorised by topic and age group.

Registration: not required

Nrich ‘Solving Together’ project

Website: https://nrich.maths.org/solvingtogether

Key stages: key stage 3

Description: this is a project that provides activities for parents and carers to try with children.

Registration: not required

Sparx

Website: https://sparx.co.uk/

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: a virtual classroom which supports teachers in building and running lessons as well as tracking pupil progress.

Registration: requires school registration

STEP Support Programme

Website: https://maths.org/step/welcome

Key stages: key stage 5

Description: the STEP Support Programme is offered by the University of Cambridge to help university applicants develop their advanced mathematical problem-solving skills and prepare for STEP mathematics exams. Assessments are downloadable.

Registration: not required

Top Marks

Website: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

Key stages: key stage 3

Description: a range of interactive maths games categorised by age group.

Registration: not required

Underground Maths

Website: https://undergroundmathematics.org/

Key stages: key stage 5

Description: a range of interactive tasks and questions linked to the A level maths and further maths curriculums.

Registration: not required

White Rose Maths (home learning)

Website: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Key stages: key stage 3

Description: presentations and downloadable workbooks which are easy to use for parents. New material is being released each week.

Registration: not required

Science

This initial list of science resources is based on recommendations from learned societies, including:

  • the Association for Science Education (ASE)
  • the Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
  • the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • the Institute of Physics (IOP)

These resources link closely to the national curriculum, however there are many other resources supporting enrichment and practical activities available on the societies’ websites and elsewhere.

Science: primary

BBC Bitesize

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: interactive resources covering the primary science curriculum.

Registration: not required

STEM Learning (Home learning)

Website: https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: an online resource bank, which links to resources on external websites. The site features a live chat function offering support from subject experts. New home learning resources are being developed.

Registration: not required

Science: secondary

BBC Bitesize

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: interactive resources covering the key stage 3 and key stage 4 science curriculums. Includes separate sections for biology, physics and chemistry.

Registration: not required

Institute of Physics (IOP)

Website: https://spark.iop.org/supporting-schools-and-colleges-during-covid-19

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: a set of articles and resources designed to support teachers who are teaching remotely.

Registration: not required

Isaac Physics

Website: https://isaacphysics.org/coronavirus

Key stages: key stage 4 and key stage 5

Description: online problem-solving activities to support teachers and students. The content focusses on physics but also covers some maths and chemistry.

Registration: is required

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Website: https://edu.rsc.org/remote-teaching-support

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: a set of articles and resources designed to support teachers who are teaching remotely.

Registration: not required

STEM Learning (Home learning)

Website: https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/curated-collections/secondary-and-level-science-0

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: an online resource bank, which links to resources on external websites. The site features a live chat function offering support from subject experts. New home learning resources are being developed.

Registration: not required

Physical education (PE) and physical activity

This initial list of physical education (PE) and physical activity resources is based on recommendations from:

  • the Association for Physical Education (afPE)
  • Public Health England (PHE)
  • Sport England
  • the Yorkshire Sport Foundation (YSF)

These resources will help young people to get the daily 60 minutes of activity recommended by the UK Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in fun ways.

All the resources listed here are for activities designed to be carried out indoors or, if available, a garden.

Children and young people can go outside for one form of exercise a day, such as:

  • a walk with members of their household
  • a run with members of their household
  • a cycle with members of their household

Outdoor exercise should be carried out locally.

Children and young people should always follow the latest official advice on social distancing, which means making sure that they and their parent or carer stay more than 2 metres from others (including friends and other family members).

PE and physical activity: primary

Boogie Beebies

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mvsc

Key stages: early years foundation stage

Description: videos that get younger children up and dancing with CBeebies presenters.

Registration: not required

Disney 10 Minute Shakeups

Website: https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: 10-minute videos based on Disney films that count towards a child’s 60 active minutes per day.

Registration: not required

Super Movers

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

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

Registration: not required

#ThisIsPE

Website: https://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/thisispe-supporting-parents-to-teach-pe-at-home/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: videos delivered by teachers focussing on the PE curriculum which are accessible on YouTube.

Registration: not required

PE and physical activity: secondary

Fitness Blender

Website: https://www.fitnessblender.com/

Key stages: key stage 3 to key stage 5

Description: videos featuring a range of exercises and workouts. You can choose exercises by: degree of difficulty, type, gender and whether equipment is needed or not.

Registration: not required

#ThisIsPE

Website: https://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/thisispe-supporting-parents-to-teach-pe-at-home/

Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4

Description: videos delivered by teachers focussing on the PE curriculum which are accessible on YouTube.

Registration: not required

Mental wellbeing

This initial list of mental wellbeing resources is based on the recommendations of trusted partners.

It is designed to provide guidance on how to support the wellbeing of children and young people being educated remotely.

Many organisations already working with schools will be able to provide remote support, and schools are encouraged to discuss what ongoing support might be available during this time.

Mental wellbeing: primary

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Website: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.

Registration: not required

BPS

Website: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-blogs

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

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

Registration: not required

Children’s Commissioner

Website: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a downloadable guide for children about coronavirus.

Registration: not required

MindEd

Website: https://www.minded.org.uk/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.

Registration: is required

The Child Bereavement Network

Website: http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/covid-19.aspx

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak.

Registration: not required

Mental wellbeing: secondary

BPS

Website: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-blogs

Key stages: key stage 3 to key stage 5

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

Registration: not required

Children’s Society

Website: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/coronavirus-information-and-support

Key stages: key stage 3 to key stage 5

Description: information and support on different aspects of mental health and wellbeing.

Registration: not required

MindEd

Website: https://www.minded.org.uk/

Key stages: key stage 3 to key stage 5

Description: an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.

Registration: is required

Rise Above

Website: https://riseabove.org.uk/topic/my-mind/

Key stages: key stage 3 to key stage 5

Description: videos with tips on gaining confidence, dealing with anxiety and coping strategies from other young people.

Registration: not required

The Child Bereavement Network

Website: http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/covid-19.aspx

Key stages: key stage 3 to key stage 5

Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak.

Registration: not required

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

This initial list of SEND resources has been developed with a focus on accessibility and inclusivity and is based on the recommendations of:

  • trusted organisations
  • charities
  • multi-academy trusts
  • special education headteachers

We encourage parents, teachers and schools to explore beyond this list to identify what support is best for their children and pupils with SEND.

SEND: apps and games

(Apps must be downloaded onto a compatible device)

Brain Parade

Website: http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/

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

HelpKidzLearn

Website: https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/

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

Website: https://www.sensoryapphouse.com/

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.

Visuals2Go

Website: https://www.visuals2go.com/

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

SEND: resources for teachers

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Website: https://www.annafreud.org/media/11160/supporting-schools-and-colleges.pdf

Description: a downloadable guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption.

Registration: not required

Do2Learn (USA)

Website: https://do2learn.com/

Description: a range of downloadable resources grouped by theme. Themes include: social skills, songs and games, and picture cards.

Registration: not required

Inclusive Teach

Website: https://inclusiveteach.com/free-printable-sen-teaching-resources/

Description: downloadable teaching resources to support pupils with SEND.

Registration: not required

PMLD thematic units – from the Northern Ireland Curriculum

Website: http://www.nicurriculum.org.uk/curriculum_microsite/SEN_PMLD_thematic_units/index.asp

Description: comprehensive guidance on themed activities for learners with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD). A full sensory curriculum is offered.

Registration: not required

Priory Woods School

Website: http://www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk/page/?title=Resources&pid=3

Description: resources from an award-winning, innovative school, rated by Ofsted as outstanding and put together by SEND teachers. The resources include apps and programmes.

Registration: not required

SEND Gateway

Website: https://www.sendgateway.org.uk/whole-school-send/find-wss-resources/nqt-videos.html

Description: A range of SEND guidance videos created in collaboration with the Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY) in addition to many other experts within the sector. Aimed at Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs).

Registration: not required

SENict Activities

Website: https://www.ianbean.co.uk/senict-members-resource-portal

Description: downloadable activities aimed particularly at Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) learners.

Registration: not required

SEN Teacher

Website: https://www.senteacher.org/

Description: downloadable resources that can be adapted to suit the needs of pupils. Resources are aimed at a range of abilities.

Registration: not required

Speech and Language Kids

Website: https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/free-speech-language-resources/

Description: a range of education and therapy resources for speech and language problems. A podcast is also available on iTunes for verbal and non-verbal children.

Registration: not required

Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Website: https://www.teachingvisuallyimpaired.com/

Description: a range of downloadable resources to support blind and visually impaired pupils.

Registration: is required

UCL Centre for Inclusive Education

Website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-and-centres/centres/centre-inclusive-education/homeschooling-children-send/managing-transition-home-schooling

Description: a guide to help parents adjust to remote learning by providing advice and links to resources.

Registration: not required

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