Resources available to support homeschooling
24 March 2020
UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has compiled lists of resources to help parents, carers and families support children’s learning from home.
The lists, compiled by academics in the IOE’s Centre for Educational Leadership (CEL, formerly known as the London Centre for Leadership in Learning) and the Centre for Inclusive Education (CIE), feature resources for primary and secondary school pupils. They also contain videos and websites for adults to help them talk to children about the coronavirus and learning resources about the virus for pupils.
All these resources are either free, or they have been made free during the period of school closures.
The support highlighted by the CIE aims to make the transition to homeschooling as smooth as possible. This includes content on routines, visual timetables and collaboration when planning.
‘Managing the transition to homeschooling’ is the first in a series of resources. Other content covers:
- Cognition and learning: independent working
- Cognition and learning: literacy
- Cognition and learning: maths, numeracy and numbers
- Cognition and learning: study skills
- Communication and interaction: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
- Communication and interaction: wellbeing and learning
- Cross curricular activities
- Early years
- Real life learning
- School holiday ideas
- Sensory and physical impairment
- Social, emotional and mental health for young people
- Social, emotional and mental health for families
The Centre is concentrating efforts on compiling resources for homeschooling children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in particular.
The UCL Centre for Holocaust Education has also produced a series of resources so that pupils can continue to learn about the Holocaust during school closures.
And the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0 - 11 years) has a list of philosophical questions to help parents and guardians provide their children with engaging opportunities to think, learn, and have fun at home.
Update (January 2021)
In addition to the homeschooling resources compiled by IOE academics, Professor Diana Laurillard has created an online course for teachers to help develop skills for online and blended teaching.
- Centre for Educational Leadership
- Centre for Inclusive Education (CIE)
- UCL Centre for Holocaust Education
- Department of Learning and Leadership
- Department of Psychology and Human Development
- Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
- Department of Culture, Communication and Media
- UCL Knowledge Lab