Supporting Learning

Support for teachers and parents working together so that pupils continue to learn at home and through school.

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Learning resources and other teaching support material are available for teachers through My School and these are added to regularly. In particular please check “Media Library” for more information on the use of the C2k collaborative tools. 

Resources on emotional health and wellbeing are available for teachers through the School Development Service Portal.


The Department of Education has issued guidance to all educational settings to help as children return to learning in schools. If you are unsure with what arrangements are in place, contact your school first.

The materials which have helped parents and carers to support children to learn at home, will remain available on our website.

Keeping safe online

Safety online is everyone’s concern and at this time when so much of a young person’s day is spent engaging with materials online either for education or entertainment, safety is really important.

INEQE has up to date and easy to understand
resources that will support you and your child in understanding what the potential pitfalls are and what steps you can take to stay safe.

Thinkuknow has age-specific advice about staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer.

CCEA have compiled resources and guidance on how to keep young people safe online.

Digital Devices

On 21st May 2020, the Minister for Education announced a process to lend digital devices to disadvantaged pupils who may be unable to access devices at home, during Covid-19.

On 8th July 2020, the Minister for Education announced a free wi-fi scheme, to support vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.

This process is being managed through the school and parents should contact the school directly if they have any queries.

While children are online at home, parents need to ensure they are safe.  The Safer Internet Centre provides tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep children safe online. Visit their online advice centre for more information.

Learning online through C2K

Schools in Northern Ireland have access to technology tools and resources through “C2k”. These tools have the potential to provide active learning experiences, safe access to resources in a secure environment and collaborate with other learners as well as their teachers.

C2k has provided for free access to Microsoft Office 365 for all children and young people in NI, with up to 5 downloads to a variety of devices including tablets.

This information sheet explains how to download the app.

My School is the link into C2k services when your child is not in school. A valid username and password is required.

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2K Newsdesk has great resources and activities for children and young people to learn in school and at home.

Children can read and listen to interesting articles, watch video content, share pictures and writing that they have created, all in a safe, moderated environment.

The activities and topics are updated daily. Click 
here  to find out more. 

Health and well-being

The Public Health Agency provides information for the public on COVID-19, including information on physical and mental health.

Rise NI has produced online resources for parents.

CCEA has also compiled a list of organisations offering support on mental health and wellbeing.

Our Safer Schools has resources to help when explaining corona virus to children, according to age.

A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

Last updated: 07/10/2020