Supporting learning is a suite of resources designed to meet teachers’ professional learning needs during a time of remote learning and also blended learning. Access is also via the tab on the My School landing page. Materials and details of webinars are updated regularly.
There is a section on Home School partnerships with guidance for strengthening the links.
Resources on emotional health and wellbeing during this time are available on the EA Health Well Hub See also below the Health and Wellbeing link for many more resources.
As you face the prospect of helping your child to learn at home, your child’s school is the first place which should be providing lessons and support for you. If you need more guidance or activities, you will find many resources here, suitable for your child’s age and stage.
For the latest guidance for arrangements in schools from the Department of Education click here.
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.
As schools are engaging with pupils more in a virtual environment, make sure your child follows the guidance issued by their school. Here are some top tips as they get ready for this at home;
- Be on time
- Make sure you are connected
- Make sure the laptop is charged
- Find a quiet space
- Switch the camera off
- Dress appropriately
- Mute the mic when asked
- Use the Chat function to ask questions
- Do not take pictures or screenshots, or add filters
- Raise your hand to speak
- Engage, interact and chat
INEQE resources will support you and your child in understanding what the potential pitfalls are and what steps you can take to stay safe.
CCEA have compiled resources and guidance on how to keep young people safe online, updated to cover the Children’s Code and signposting to other organisations which can help.
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.
This scheme is still available and parents should contact the school directly if they have any queries.
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.
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. C2k Passwords automatically expire 120 days after they were last reset in order to maintain a level of security on the system. Follow this link if you know your C2K password and need to reset it. If you don’t remember your password, you need to contact your school.
C2K 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.
The Public Health Agency (PHA) website has the latest guidance.
Rise NI have launched a website for parents which provides support information for many aspects of health and safety and online resources.
Emotional Health and Wellbeing
It is impossible to replicate the classroom or school experience at home, so don’t try to put yourself under pressure to do that. At the same time as promoting a stable structure to your child’s day, there should also be flexibility.
There are groups around who can provide specialist support, especially in the area of emotional health and wellbeing, for adults as well as young people. Here are some additional links:
CCEA has compiled a list of organisations offering support on mental health and wellbeing.
Our Safer Schools has resources to help when explaining coronavirus to children, according to age.
A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Also available as an audio book.