A range of online tools have been launched today to help families who are home schooling. This complements the work already being set by schools across the borough. The new tools include:
- The Oak National Academy has been created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by Government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.
- The BBC is launching its own education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and some of the best teachers – helping to keep children learning and supporting parents.
In addition, new guidance has been published for parents on how best to support their child’s education and development.
Access to equipment – including laptops and 4G routers
The Government also announced yesterday (19 April) that some disadvantaged children across England (the definition of disadvantage children is awaited from the Government) are set to receive laptops and tablets as part of a push to make remote education accessible for pupils staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Devices will be ordered through the council once the criteria on eligibility has been received from the Government.
The Government will also provide 4G routers to make sure disadvantaged secondary school pupils and care leavers can access the internet – where those families do not already have mobile or broadband internet in the household. Once the details are made available by the Government, we will share. The country’s major telecommunications providers will make it easier for families to access selected educational resources by temporarily exempting these sites from data charges.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Parents and carers are doing an amazing job in very challenging circumstances. I also know that our schools have been really supportive in delivering lessons and setting work remotely to ensure that pupils can continue with their education. These latest tools provide more choice with regards to home schooling which I know is not an easy job. Children and their families can choose the best method that works for them.”