We need now is to continue with our very simple plans of action. Remember you have the relationships that will enable you to support our students and each other. We should still be able to inspire and help our students to be curious so they can continue learning as long as we can reach them.  “If we can’t reach we can’t teach”.

Also we have to look after ourselves to be able to look after others. So look after your Well-being.

We are working with a group of educators to maintain all the latest information on #HomeLearningUK

Our joint #Covid19 bulletin from a wide ranging working group with advice & practical steps for #school leaders.  We feel it is essential to initiate conversations about potential closure as soon as possible and this information may help. Our latest bulletin Protecting Learning and our first Developing Digital Leadership Bulletin CoronaVirus    #coronavirus

We intend to update this page with the latest advice on how schools could best continue functioning.

Here are examples that you can draw on to create your plan of action and some resources which you could use.

Clearly technology can be of use in this situation and there is great value and potential in online learning in the long term for increasing student agency and reducing teacher workload but it could also create chaos when our focus must be on enabling our students to continue learning whatever the situation.

Our advice

Your plan should work from where you currently are.  For example if everyone one uses the school email system and that works consistently and reliably then that would be good enough to allow teachers to monitor student progress.  If the school email isn’t used by everyone right now, this is not the time to change culture and embark on an intense training period but you could resort to publishing SoWs and teaching resources and discussing with departments how they help students continue to make progress.

Let us know if there’s anything we should add or change so we can keep this page up-to-date for everyone.

Safeguarding Advice

Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers (gov.uk)
The government has today (Friday 20th March 2020) issued further guidance to schools and parents.

Ten home-learning tips for kids in the UAE from a student in Hong Kong

Advice from @ChildrensComm Digital 5 a Day approach.  Its obvious but really important to balance with offline tasks – avoid screens all day.

International Coronavirus information page – coordinated by the ISC in Australia

@Luke Rees Keeping students safe is a priority! 15 safeguarding questions schools should ask as they move to distance learning! More info here 

Latest compilation of advice from Digital promise in US for Online

Resources to help stay curious and inspired

Online, distance and home learning: Cat Scutt

Selected reading of Research Reviews March 18, 2020
A collection of articles, blogs and resources about online, distance and home learning and CPD

Gresham College

We at Gresham College are hoping that school students (and their parents!) may find our free on-line lectures useful in this period. Even if they are not revising for exams, we wondered if some might be tackling extended project qualifications, and we know our lectures have inspired some students in that area. We also think that some of our series might be good for stretch and challenge, and possibly for future career and study decisions!

You can find our schools page here: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/schools and as you know our 2500+ lectures extend across all kinds of subjects including Business Skills<https://www.gresham.ac.uk/series/business-skills/ like time management, Shakespeare https://www.gresham.ac.uk/series/classic-shakespeare/, the Romantic Poets https://www.gresham.ac.uk/series/wordsworth-and-the-romantics/, Black History and Colonial History https://www.gresham.ac.uk/series/black-history-month/, the History of Infectious Diseases https://www.gresham.ac.uk/series/infectious-diseases, the applications of Maths https://www.gresham.ac.uk/professorships/geometry-professorship/, and a discussion of some of the biggest questions in cosmology https://www.gresham.ac.uk/series/the-nature-of-reality/ and astrophysics https://www.gresham.ac.uk/professorships/astronomy-professorship/.

I should note that the College is attempting wherever possible to continue to provide new material as well – although we have had to suspend in-person attendance at the lectures in our current academic programme, we are continuing to offer them via live-stream (with our lecturers speaking to camera rather than a Hall of attendees). You can see how well this is working with our latest lectures on Charles II by Simon Thurley, and “A History of the Stomach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHSOKJPMXok” by Joanna Bourke.

Universal Project Guide by Tom Sherrington @teacherhead

Tom Sherrington made this Now I want to do lots of projects myself. 

Learning apps, tools and ideas for teachers and parents #Corona

Here the NMS staff will share apps and tools that may be useful for online learning purposes. Descriptions in German, English, or both.

168 days of digital brilliant activities keep everyone busy 

168 days of digital activities for secondary children, covering #3Danimation,#3dDesign #Computing in html/ccs/python/C# gaining a

@idea_award  science , maths #VFX #UI #UX Art & English …I could go on. Updated daily on @SparkPenketh
@LdnCLC special Newsletter
@LdnCLC special edition this week with a focus on #RemoteLearning. Hopefully it is useful. #EdTech #Schools

Advice from UNESCO – including scenario planning

UNESCO are maintaining a running tracker of educational disruption and response worldwide. This includes information on how to plan distance learning solutions during school closures, and a curated list of technology learning solutions, including those suitable for low tech environments.

Advice from a school in Hong Kong

After a Quick discussion with @independenthead on 26th February he shared this advice and resources for schools preparing for a possible closure.

Mark Steed is the Principal and CEO of Kellett School, The British International School in Hong Kong, a school that is continuing to function whilst closed to students.

  • Home learning is tough – much tougher than school.
  • One key factor is whether schools get teachers into school during the period of closure
    • We did M, W, F – it was the right decision because other schools have found that it is very difficult for teachers to sustain prolonged teaching from home without the support and camaraderie of colleagues.
  • We ran “live learning” in Secondary running our usual timetable
    • We found that Zoom_us a was much better solution for us.
    • Zoom allows whole class muting, easy to send out link and the visual option allows you to see the whole class tiled. Settings options also allow background blurring which is good.
    • There are a range of issues around Live learning – I have attached the Guidance on Home Learning Senior which covers these.
  • It is easier to do live teaching than to make videos for children.
  • Videos take a lot of time to make – 4 minutes to shoot for every minute screened minimum.
    • Teachers can be anxious about the quality of videos
    • There needs to be a protocol that parents do not share instruction videos on social media.
  • Young children find it very difficult to access home learning even with parental support.
  • One important thing is for teachers to have ‘live touch points’ with younger children (via Zoom) – a virtual Circle Time if you like.

Mark has also shared his documentation;

200309 Covid19 3 degrees of Separation (1)

200310 Covid-19 Kellett School Guidance on Home Learning Senior

200227 Covid-19 Kellett School Home Learning Responsible User Agreement

200227 Covid-19 Kellett School Parental Consent Form Online Sessions

200227 Covid-19 Kellett School Protocols for Teachers

200227 Covid-19 Kellett School Guidance on Home Learning Prep


Companies are providing access and support

@ThisIsCentury  giving free access to schools shut due to #coronavirus     Parents and Students 

@firefly A guide to managing school closures

@BrainPop are providing the whole of their suite free to any school closed by #coronavirus

@FrogEducation  How to be better prepared for extreme situations. If your school is facing temporary closure due to a Coronavirus threat, Frog will lend you a learning aid! Free FrogPlay access enables teachers and pupils to set and complete work from home! Find out more: https://hubs.ly/H0ndrLk0
In light of coronavirus, @Microsoft have announced that they will be rolling out a free version of @MicrosoftTeams on March 10th and are offering a six-month trial globally for the premium tier, enabling more people to work remotely and safely. You can read @crothwell blog here and their advice on Remote teaching and learning in Office 365 and their Statement of commitment.  Join the Microsoft Enabling Remote Learning Community

@Garyhendeson18 wrote this useful blog EdTech: Supporting schools in a crisis gives some useful detail.

@Google are doing the same with G Suite for Education domains to take advantage of more remote learning tools, and upgrading schools to premium Hangouts Meet features. Google for Education announced updates to Google Meet aimed at helping schools stay connected. Full details in the blog here and resources for distance learning with all product updates posted to the Google EDU twitter page and this collection of resources. Here’s collection of slides to help you identify digital tools and pedagogical strategies to support all learners from Torrey Trust, Ph.D.

Atom Learning used by Sussex House School, Notting Hill Prep School, Dulwich Prep School

‘Atom Learning has proved a very useful platform, both for work that is controlled by the school, and for self-directed learning. The tools available on the school platform have allowed us to establish online homework for pupils at a bespoke level of difficulty and timing, and focusing on specific skill areas within English, Mathematics and Reasoning. The pupils enjoy the work, the platform is straightforward for teachers to operate and monitor progress, and there have been quantifiable increases in pupil attainment’.  (Tony Chan, Deputy Head, Sussex House School).  In the event of school closure, we are primed and ready to use Atom Learning to support learning at home’. (David Gee, Deputy Head, Notting Hill Prep School). In the event we experience school closures, Atom will prove a valuable resource to supplement our online learning efforts.’ (Mark Scholey, Deputy Head, Dulwich Prep School).

Advice from schools for continue learning

We all have text books and online resources that staff and students can use to help students to continue to learn.  Many schools are already using online platforms for managing student work and providing feedback on progress. How different schools and subjects find most effective will vary.

The question will be how we continue to manage our students learning and mentor them without the face to face interactions that we are used to.  We are communities of learners and as Mark Steed has detailed above schools have found it hard to continue the momentum without the structure of the timetable and the camaraderie of  our colleagues.

Prep School Advice by David Horton
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Wimbledon High School
@Digital_WHS We would use our existing platforms of #OneNote, #MSTeams & Firefly. I think the @independenthead point about keeping a human connection is really important – audio and video feedback in OneNote would be great for that. In our Juniors we would use @fireflyteam as we have a good infrastructure already and the site is largely open to parents already. “Very much hoping we don’t need to do any of this though”!
Note of caution: beware of teachers (and Ss) invading their own privacy while videoconferencing – use blur background in #MSTeams

The Perse School, Cambridge
The Perse are still developing our plans, but they are focused around applications that both the pupil and parents (more so in the younger age groups) know and have used before.  We are planning around using the Seesaw app for YN-Y2, SharePoint resources and Planet eStream for Y3-6 and in Y7 – Y13 we will focus on Schoology (our VLE) & OneNote. With specific applications used in departments like Blutick  used by Maths. Our VLE includes web conferencing tools for classes but we are also looking at other live classroom tools such as https://www.e-lecta.com/ which we are trialling to see if it can be useful (It’s paid on a monthly subscription so easy to cancel). We, as others have mentioned, are thinking about using Teams to communicate via voice, chat and video if staff have to work remotely.

Ashford School
@AshfordSchool have documented processes and will continue to use #seesaw, #showbie and #teams #onenote with students, along with additional #cloud applications. All are already firmly embedded within our digital T&L strategy #videos #office365 #stream.
St Pauls Girls – Remote learning policy

@SPGSMain Remote Learning Policy 25 February 2020

Rebecca Hanson @AuthenticMaths Video Clip – Starting the conversation about how to deal with Coronavirus
Video Clip Timely, practical and helpful advice from Rebecca Hanson @AuthenticMaths re. Stopping the Spread of Coronavirus in schools

Barton Peveril Sixth form College

We’re getting guides and resources ready for various online tools for distance learning on our digital learning hub –  In terms of access, we’re ready to provide Chromebooks to staff and students who may not have a suitable device at home. Teachers and students do most of their work in a web browser. Support staff are a different story though, so we’re providing VPN access to enable them to access the desktop applications (MIS, HR, Finance) so they can continue to work remotely. What we need to do next is ask teachers to think about how all this would work if we have to close and practice using these tools.

International School Monza


A British headteacher in Italy has urged the UK’s education authorities to learn lessons from the lockdown, which has seen his school shut for three weeks.


Here are articles that people have shared with us that may be useful.

Article Best Practices for Teaching Online by Andrew Salcido and Jessica Cole

One of the most common questions an Instructional Designer is faced with is, “How can I enhance the student experience in my online course?” We also strongly encourage instructors to participate in the Master Class for Teaching Online, an online workshop designed to facilitate peer sharing of strategies for teaching online. The workshop is facilitated by a team of instructional designers and touches on several best practices. The graphic presented here lists seven best practices for teaching online. Incorporating these best practices will help ensure that you and your students stay engaged and have a positive experience.

Good friends, of St Swithun’s Prep School, in Shanghai sent the link below to their school’s recent podcast dealing with innovative tools and practices that teachers are using for remote/home learning.



Article Resources to Help Schools Facilitate Online Learning During Covid-19 Closures

Schools in the UAE will be closed for four weeks starting on March 8, 2020, as a preventative measure to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  During this time schools will be required to facilitate home learning for at least two weeks out of the four. Many schools have already put plans in place, while others are still searching for the right resources to help them in this endeavour.

Article “Dad wants to play mahjong”:

The struggles of remote learning in Hong Kong during coronavirus

In a bid to curb the virus’s spread, Hong Kong has closed schools until at least mid-March, and universities have moved classes online. But remote learning is proving challenging in Hong Kong’s cramped environment, where multiple generations often share small apartments. In ordinary times, people escape in the day into a city teaming with cafes, restaurants and expansive offices. But since the outbreak of the epidemic in January, children and parents have been cooped up together for weeks as companies also implemented work-at-home policies, and many Hong Kongers have minimized going out altogether.

Article China’s students will now study online because coronavirus has shut schools

China has launched a national cloud learning platform and started broadcasting primary school classes to ensure the country’s 180 million students can still keep learning even though schools are closed, according to state-run news agency Xinhua. A new school semester, scheduled to start today, has been postponed indefinitely as part of measures to combat the coronavirus. China authorities have encouraged people to stay at home to help reduce its spread.

Article If Coronavirus Gets Worse in the U.S., Online Learning Can Fill the Gaps

By Mark Lieberman on February 14, 2020 12:26 PM


On the relatively rare occasions when disaster forces K-12 schools to close for a prolonged period of time, e-learning has helped fill the gap in instruction.

“How many hours are you spending in front of a screen, reading a book, interacting with your siblings or parents?” Wood said. “It can come from the schools giving clear directions to parents. But it needs to come from the parents too, in a way that’s empowering the students to think about self-regulation.”

Image: Yuncheng, Shanxi, China: A teacher uses a multi-media network education system because of the novel coronavirus pneumonia. (Credit: © TPG via ZUMA Press)