Young people who attend post-primary schools have been given a range of learning packages with variety across schools and within schools.
This can be a strange territory to navigate for parents and carers. We have the following support to help direct you, general information about what the whole curriculum looks like for Key Stage 3, and guidance from organisations including CCEA, which have adapted teacher material to suit home learning.
Exam and career guidance and contacts for GCSE, A-Level pupils is available, as well as an outline of the various platforms through which they can access their learning.
CCEA has a helpful document which explains the Northern Ireland Curriculum, and provides a lot of information and resources for young people in Key Stage Three and further resources can be found at CCEA Home Learning and for those who are 16 years of age and older.
Corbettmaths provides resources that may help with maths.
Twinkl’s Home Learning Hub has information and resources for a wide range of ages.
Libraries NI provides an online resource with e-books available to read for free – you will need to create an account, which is also free.
The National Literacy Trust has many resources for children and parents, with book recommendations in age-groups.
Chatterbox and Collins have lots of links inside covering literacy, numeracy, science, modern language, history and other more general areas.
Youth Online provides access to youth services online, for people aged 9-25.
ARK have made many resources available online, including the CAIN archive. These may be useful for some young people, teachers and parents.
Ted Ed have a wide selection of educational videos on lots of topics.
If you are looking for enjoyable and effective activities based on STEM GCSE subjects (Maths, Physics and Biology) Stairway Learning provide a free platform of great resources.
KS3- If you want something for your kids which encourages them to create their own business, then check out Stride. Budding young business people, aged between 10 and 13, can take part in online sessions and have opportunities to learn about and practice being an entrepreneur.
Where can I go to for the most up-to-date information about GCSE?
GCSE, AS and A level exams will not take place in Northern Ireland this summer. The arrangements for students who were due to take summer examinations set by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment (CCEA) are available below. For more information read this statement from the Department of Education, and from CCEA
Useful links for parents with regard to qualifications and August results period during COVID 19
- BTEC guidance
- Level 1,2 &3 Qualifications eg Cambridge Technical, Cambridge National Qualifications
- UCAS :Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
- The Sutton Trust
- Careers Service Northern Ireland
- Information on Apprenticeships
Training organisations and further and higher education institutions can also provide advice and information on careers and courses.
- Training Organisations
- Belfast Met
- Northern Regional Colleges
- North West Regional College
- South Eastern Regional College
- Southern Regional College
- College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)
- Queens’s University, Belfast
- Stranmillis University College
- St Mary’s College, Belfast
- Ulster University
University Admissions Tests – information is currently being published, eg University Clinical Aptitude Tests
Schools may be using online collaborative learning tools to support pupils away from school such as:
- Google Classrooms (C2K MySchool username and password required)
- Microsoft 365 (C2K MySchool username and password required) OneNote- can be used to upload and store children’s work and provide written/audio feedback. Teams- is a collaborative platform that combines chat, video calls and file storage. Use Teams is used to communicate with the class via video call or chat and store resources. Some schools are using Teams to set work for a group e.g. write a story in a group of six to enable children to work in groups and collaborate with their friends while working from home. FlipGrid- is a video tool where children/teachers can record short video responses to collaborative class grids.
- Collaborate Ultra (C2K MySchool username and password required) video conferencing/virtual classroom. Collaborate Ultra can take up to 500 participants in any one session. Teachers can present slides, talk about learning, have children engage with the teacher etc. There is also the facility to have break out rooms.