Coronavirus - Resources and information for schools

31 March 2020

As schools adjust, we are collating remote learning resources and other tips from across the sector so all can benefit. This page will be updated regularly, so please email if you have resources to share with other schools or tag us on Twitter @ChallengePartnr

On this page we have details of:

  • Lessons from America: what's working to support students and staff
  • Some schools and trusts' provision for  disdvantaged pupils including strategies for distance learning and what schools are doing to provide FSM
  • Online learning resources recommended by schools and trusts
  • Signposting links to official information eg DfE, NHS and translated NHS advice

Lessons from America

US teachers and schools leaders share their tips and experiences here

Provision for disadvantaged children

Strategies for distance learning and details of what schools are doing to ensure they have food are here

Online learning resources

31st: Leo Academy Trust shared these for primary schools: 

30th: Audible has provided free access during this period of lockdown, giving access to online stories including titles across six different languages. Available on desktop, laptop, phone or tablet

25th: UCL centre for inclusive education have launched a Facebook group to support parents of students with special needs.

Chartered School of Teaching have put together a page of resources/links.

23rd March: English mastery and maths mastery links here for primary and secondary schools.

23rd March: We've had good feedback from LEO academies about, a platform that hosts past papers for KS2 and GCSE. They would like to offer free licenses for 6 months to all schools in our network as a supplementary resource for students.

Please see below two links for either secondary or primary schools, where the first one is to register and request the number of licences, and the second is the relevant user guide for that category. 



23rd March: Chiltern TSA: BBC Bitesize has always been a brilliant resource, which covers the curriculum and is divided into each key stage.

21st: Charles Dickens Primary School: Our Virtual School is live! Lessons for every year inc. French, music, art. Where possible, everything you need to join in Head over to the website - find your year! 

21st March: Burnt Ash Primary have made home learning packs for our children to use during the school closure. There’s currently around three weeks worth of work in there for the children, including a variety of learning challenges for the foundation subjects, and daily maths and English tasks for the children. As each year group contains a large number of files, the best way to access them is through our TES profile here.

20th March: Elliot Costas-Walker in Knowsley worked with Oxford University Press to support trusts and schools with Home Learning. OUP have put together comprehensive support and have opened up many of their platforms for schools to use to facilitate learning at home – for priamaries and secondary schools:

Oxford Owl for School & Home

Free access for School and Home – wealth of free content on Owl for Home, including our full eBook library, activity sheets, and support videos, which will help parents whilst children are away from the classroom.

MyMaths New Subscribers

Free access to My Maths till Sept 2020

MyMaths Existing Subscribers

My Maths Remote Learning

My Maths Teachers Support

Primary My Maths Webinars

Getting the most out of your My Maths Subscription

Oxford Owl

Read Write Inc Update & Free Support

We will be offering a range of free support so that children can continue their Read Write Inc. learning journey away from the classroom during these uncertain times. This will include a ‘phonics spine’ of 72 free ebooks matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets, parent information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Word Slideshows. These free resources will all be added to the Read Write Inc. page on Oxford Owl for Home over the coming weeks, and we’ll continue to update you as they become available.

Ruth Miskin Training will also be removing the ‘shelf’ from the School Portal, so subscribing schools can access all films for teachers’ CPD, they will also have FAQs for parents, a guidance document for resources and books to send home, plus regular storytelling films of well-loved stories will be uploaded to the Ruth Miskin Training YouTube channel.

What’s available now? Take a look at Oxford Owl for Home where we now have 14 free Read Write Inc. ebooks (click on the ‘eBooks’ link underneath ‘Read Write Inc. Phonics Guide for Parents’), plus lots of guidance for parents and carers: 

Parent videos on pronouncing the sounds, how to sound-blend, read diagraphs, read stretchy sounds etc are also available on this page.

You can find out more about the support we are offering to schools here:


MyMaths & Kerboodle New Subscribers

Free access to My Maths till Sept 2020

Free access to any Kerboodles they are not already subscribed to until September 2020

MyMaths & Kerboodle Existing Subscribers

My Maths Remote Learning

Getting the most out of your My Maths Subscription

My Maths Teachers Support

Secondary My Maths Webinars

Kerboodle - Support for Remote learning

18th March: Cheam Common Junior: Training slides to support your staff using Jamboard from Google Education‬⁩ for children's distance learning 

18th March: Plans for possible school closure and for safeguarding pupils in the event of closure from Reach2 Academy Trust here

17th March: Some ideas for schools in maintaining learning and keeping in touch, in case of closure - with thanks to @cassiebuchanann. Charles Dickens Primary School @CDPS_Southwark are sending a daily email home via mailchimp with a daily supportive video (hosted on YouTube) and then info on each area of work - they have workbooks for each subject and other we have now photocopied if there are gaps (CGP, schofield and sims). Teachers will direct which page etc and if other helpful resources. Also providing an email address for parents/children to email to get feedback & teachers will ref this in their daily video (done on phones & uploaded to our YouTube account). Focus is reducing barriers to access (tech, resources, cost) & motivating children to keep going. Can track open rates via mailchimp but equally children can just crack on with booklets if email not seen. 

16th March: Coronavirus: how to talk about it with children - TES

14th March: Daisy Christodoulou blog: Remote learning pitfalls to avoid and 10 programmes to try


Department for Education coronavirus helpline 0800 046 8687 (8am to 6pm Monday to Friday) and email address:

Doctors of the World UK have translated NHS updated guidelines + resources on to how to stay safe - available now in English, Albanian, Dari, French, Pashto, Portuguese, Bengali, Vietnamese, Kurdish Sorani The guidance is based on the government’s advice and health information and will be updated here.

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