Home schooling guidance

Parents around the UK have automatically gained a new role as a teacher overnight. Here are some links below that can guide you on home schooling your children depending on their ages.


Babies/Nursery ages (0-5 years old)

Listening activities for your younger children aged 0 – 5.

A music and rhyme group for toddlers which live streamed a session for self-isolating families. This was formed from children across Europe. 

  • Reading from the Start

A programme that encourages a love of reading in children under five years old. When you sign up, your children will receive a free book each month (eligibility criteria applied) and you’ll be invited to visit our reading corners to join in with fun family activities! To find out more, please click here.

Primary school (5 - 11 years old)

Secondary school (12 - 16 years old)

All ages

Teaching Ideas offers resources to children in both primary and secondary school.  

Quizzes, games, videos and home science experiments for primary school children to secondary school young people.

Audible are providing free books for children whilst schools are closed. They have a broad range of books available and no bank details need to be provided. 

Lots of activity ideas to bring the great outdoors indoors. Help your children learn new skills. Suitable for ages 6 – 14 years 

Help explain what's going on in a reassuring way to under 7s (available in 22 languages) 

In response to school closures, we have created Family Zone. The new online portal gives parents ideas for home based activities to engage their children that will benefit their reading, writing and language development.

Family Zone is full of videos, apps, worksheets and brilliant author content. Over the coming days, weeks and months, it will constantly be updated with handpicked new resources. 

Queries about Covid-19 related to education

Department for Education

The DfE has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.
T: 0800 046 8687
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