Online Resources in light of Covid-19

Thursday 26th March 2020

With Schools in the UK closed to reduce the spread of the covid-19 virus – and only open to look after the children of “key workers” and vulnerable children – what can be done to fill the void coupled with the latest stringent restrictions on freedom of movement outside the home?

If your school already puts work online, using Google Classroom or similar software, it is likely that this will continue. Secondary schools generally make good use of this so it is good practice to encourage children to get into a routine of checking it and completing any work set. 

Some schools may well request older pupils to follow their existing timetables, with some active lessons, involving Google Hangouts and virtual classrooms, and some passive lessons, where learners get on with work independently. Each school will no doubt have its own system

So what about careers advice? 

The University of Sheffield now has information for prospective students on its website in the form of FAQs.

And the Universities and Colleges admission service (UCAS) also has some very good links and updates on its website.

To help parents and students studying from home, success at school are making the electronic versions of all of their Gatsby Subject Guides available free of charge which can be accessed through their website here.

Also the careers website I-Could, has a fun personality test that gives you a quick and easy way of learning more about your personal strengths, skills and qualities. Find out more, take the quick quiz here.

Remember that while learning is important, at this time of exceptional uncertainty, so are family activities, such as having fun and getting out of the house (where appropriate). Here at HeppSY one of our Higher Education Progression Advisers is encouraging the use of jigsaw puzzles to pass away the hours. But you could pick up that instrument you always wanted to learn, or let children use apps like Zoom or Skype so they can stay in touch with their friends and relatives. Encourage reading – World Book Online has just made their collection of 3,000 ebooks and audiobooks available for free for children to access at home.

Most importantly, keep talking, especially about the future and imagine how much we will all appreciate a normal life once it resumes!

HEPA Ongoing Support