In light of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the UK government announced that from Friday 20th March, all schools in England, Scotland and Wales would close until further notice, with schools in Northern Ireland having already closed their doors. The team at Hopscotch have been monitoring the education landscape and developments carefully, focusing on how we can best support teachers, families and young people in this unprecedented crisis.
Headteachers had openly discussed the challenges of keeping schools running with staff shortages ahead of this latest announcement and the news is unlikely to come as a surprise for many. However, there will be exceptions made for children of ‘key workers’, for example there will be provision for students whose parents work in the NHS, for the police or on shipping routes. Vulnerable children will also be provided for: those who have a dedicated social worker or an education, health and care plan will remain in school, although they may have to attend one other than their own.
Much remains uncertain about what will happen next, and how the education sector will adapt to overcome these formidable challenges. What is clear is that a cooperative approach is needed: teachers, parents and young people need everyone’s support at these difficult times.
At Hopscotch we are working hard to devise ways in which our work can be used to help young people continue learning, for as long as is needed. If you’re a teacher and follower of our blog, then let us know how you think we should support.
To start with, below is a summary of the most useful resources out there:
Teachit is offering free, unlimited access to all resources which are on offer for use by any schools/teachers/parents/carers.
Home learning packs
Twinkl has produced home learning packs ready to be sent home for parents. You can find the full collection here.
Literacy Trust hub
To respond to the school closures, The Literacy Trust launched a new Family Zone online hub. It is a one-stop shop full of brilliant resources, videos, apps and more for parents who want to support their child's learning at home.
Get tech savvy with home study courses
Our partner, Apps for Good, have created some brand new home study courses for students to work through independently or with their families at home. Find out more here.
Daily workouts for young people
Joe Wicks is becoming the nation's PE teacher from Monday. He'll be hosting a daily workout at 9am everyday to get us moving and keeping active. The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved.