Updated: Online resources curated/created by schools or trusts

17 November 2020

We are collating remote learning resources and other tips curated/created by schools and trusts, so all can benefit. This page will be updated regularly, so please email comms@challengepartners.org if you have resources to share with other schools or tag us on Twitter @ChallengePartnr

On this page we have details of:

  • HSE spot checks: What school leaders need to know (ASCL)
  • Recovery curricula
  • Wellbeing resources
  • Lessons from America
  • Digital learning tips and resources 
  • Resources for disadvantaged pupils 
  • Resources for special schools and SEND pupils
  • CPD resources
  • Return to school resources
  • Links to official information eg DfE, NHS and translated NHS advice
  • There are further resources here including on anti-racism in schools.

NB: Partner schools can access further resources including back to school plans shared by trusts and schools in the Members Area (login required). 

 Recovery curriculum


Lessons from America

Jay Altman of Firstline Schools spoke to our National Network Meeting and recommended these US resources:

Tips for digital learning

  • School leaders on what worked for them to deliver remote education: primary school webinar or secondary (United Learning)
  • Tools for schools to support home learning and parental engagement to maximise impact (EEF)
  • Learning at home resources shared by the Greater London Authority 
  • Cassie Buchanan shares useful insights here into how Charles Dickens' virtual school has developed and adapted - including timetabling for the rhythms of the family home. 
  • Lal Chadeesingh of The Behavioural Insights Team shared research findings with school leaders at our Senior Partners' meeting last week - including the value of motivational messages for pupils, and engaging parents digitally. Find out more and watch the webinar here.
  • A short video summary of the Education Endowment Foundation rapid learning assessment on remote learning, put together by Charles Dickens Research School. They said it's important as primary schools are making lots of assumptions about what works based on research from older students.
  • Daisy Christodoulou blog: Remote learning pitfalls to avoid and 10 programmes to try

 Resources for digital learning

  • Learning at home resources shared by the Greater London Authority    
  • Teaching staff  at Holy Cross Catholic Primary in South London have made personal films for their classes, and parents welcomed this human contact and encouragement. They also still send a newsletter each week to foster a sense of community and encourage small steps/achievement.
  • Sally Garrett headteacher of The Ashley School Academy Trust said Picture News have some great resources based around current affairs, and Lucy's in Lockdown is a fabulous ebook exploring social and emotional aspects of lockdown. Also Developing Experts, a science programme (£100 for 3 years) where everyone has home login and the school can set lessons to do. 
  • The Brilliant Club are offering free pupils resources here, including videos about life at university and the chance to a modern history masterclass about religious minorities in the time of a pandemic.
  • Oak National Academy, a new online classroom and resource hub, will be launched and available to all teachers from 21st April. 40 teachers are producing over 180 online lessons each week until schools fully re-open, covering core subjects from maths and English, to art and languages. Click here to access the site.
  • Leo Academy Trust shared these for primary schools: regularly updated website links for distance learning and CPD
  • Chartered School of Teaching have put together a page of resources/links.
  • English mastery and maths mastery links here for primary and secondary schools.
  • We've had good feedback from LEO academies about schoolexams.co.uk, 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.
  • Chiltern TSA: BBC Bitesize has always been a brilliant resource, which covers the curriculum and is divided into each key stage.
  • 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! 
  • 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 primaries and secondary schools:
  • Oxford Owl fFree 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. 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: www.oxfordowl.co.uk/read-write-inc-home

 Provision for vulnerable and disadvantaged children

 Resources for special schools and SEND

  • The TES are offering free webinars from expert SEND consultants on how to overcome the implications of school closures and general SEN top tips. Starting on 21st April, sessions are every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Contributors include Jo Johnson, David Bartram, Natalie Packer, Abigail Hawkins and Carol Vorderman. Find out more and register here.
  • UCL centre for inclusive education have launched a Facebook group to support parents of students with special needs.


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