Home Learning during School Closure

How to access learning during school closure

Please see  guide that will help students to access the VLE.

Online Safety for Parents during COVID-19

New Office App - available for Android and Apple devices.

If you are struggling to access the VLE or have no access to a computer/ laptop, you may find this App useful.

This App will allow you can now download Office to your phone and create new Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents as well as edit PDFs and convert them.

New App


Parental Guide - How to support home learning

Follow this guidance to create a positive learning environment at home

Be realistic about what you can do 

  • You're not expected to become teachers and your children aren't expected to learn as they do in school. Simply providing your children with some structure at home will help them to adapt. Use the tips below to help you make this work for your household
  • Experiment in the first week, then take stock. What's working and what isn't? Ask your children, involve them too
  • Share the load if there are 2 parents at home. Split the day into 2-3 hour slots and take turns so you can do your own work
  • Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This will be new for your entire household, so give it time to settle. Take a look at the links at the end of this factsheet for some advice on mental health and wellbeing

Keep to a timetable wherever possible

  • Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas!
  • Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership
  • Check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible
  • If you have more than 1 child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works for your household
  • Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over
  • Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day
  • Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life

Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day

  • Start each morning with a PE lesson at 9am with Joe Wicks
  • If you have a garden, use it regularly. If you don’t, try to get out once a day as permitted by the government (households can be together outdoors but 2 metres apart from others)
  • Get your children to write in a diary what they did each day – this can be a clear sign that the ‘school’ day has ended

Other activities to keep children engaged throughout the day

  • Where you have more freedom in the timetable, make time for other activities. Add some creative time or watch a dance video from Go Noodle to get the heart-rate going
  • Get your children to write postcards to their grandparents or to pen pals
  • Ask grandparents to listen to your children read on FaceTime (or ask grandparents to read to younger children)
  • Give them chores to do so they feel more responsible about the daily routine at home
  • Ask them to help you cook and bake 
  • Accept that they'll probably watch more TV/spend time on their phone – that's ok but you might want to set/agree some screen time limits

Examples of home-learning timetables

  • Horniman Primary School in Lewisham created this timetable for its parents
  • Five Minute Mum has a timetable including lots of activities for younger children

If you need to contact the Academy, please email info@ndacademy.co.uk


My Tutor Online School

This online service if available free MyTutor Online School, and offers extra support during this period.


The organisation will be sharing daily lunchtime live group webinar tutorials, as well as short explainer videos and written resources, covering common tricky topics across a range of GCSE subjects.


These are all completely free - students just need to register using the link above and join via Zoom video link.


The planned programme over coming weeks spans Maths, English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology topics, from how to analyse poem structure to understanding chemical bonds. This week, 13 group tutorials, including daily Maths and Physics sessions are available.


This should not be taken as a recommendation.



Please see below links to a number of online resources that have been shared with us from Business in the Community (BITC)



Age range

Aldi’s Olympics-related offering.  Cooking, healthy eating and discussion activities



Barclays Life skills – loads of lesson plans and activities



BT – tech-related lesson plans and activities aimed at primary



Construction Industry Training Board’s primary offering – look for the free stuff!



NHS resources designed to help understand the service, plus your own health and wellbeing



Northumbrian Water’s series of guides designed for use in schools



STEM Learnings extensive range of activities



Tyne and Wear Museums – a couple of downloadable slide decks.



EDF – loads of resources for teachers; covers energy, science and sustainability