Although some children may start to return to school, for others it is still uncertain when they will return, and so home learning continues. Here are some tips and resources to support you with home-schooling:
- Schools will continue to support parents with home learning. This will look different for everyone; schools may be sending timetables and resources, links to online learning or activity suggestions. But it is important to remember that as parents you are not expected to act as teachers. All you can do is your best to support your child with their learning. Your primary concern should be keeping your child safe and happy. Many schools will also be giving feedback to children and young people and staying in contact with families via phone, email or online platforms. If you need support use these platforms to ask your child’s teacher for help.
- Children with SEND get different kinds of extra support in school. However, much of the work being set will be designed to meet the needs of all the children in the class and your child is likely to need some support to understand and complete the activities. Talk to your child’s teacher(s) about how you can adjust things for your child to support their learning.
- If your child has an EHC plan talk to the SENCO or your child’s teacher to find out how they will be supported in the coming weeks.
- Sticking to a routine might help your child to focus and feel secure. Many children like predictability and find comfort in routines. This doesn’t mean that you have to do the same thing every day, but it might be helpful to keep learning time, breaks and exercise at similar times each day. Children often like to know what’s going to happen throughout the day so you could plan your day together or use visual timetables so that your child can see what will happen next.
- Plan for regular breaks and keep learning times to small chunks based on your child’s attention span.
- Try to do active and practical things, where possible, rather than trying to make your child sit and listen for long periods of time.
- Praise or reward your child when they try hard and do well.
Here are some other useful links to guidance, information and resources: