Supporting Learning

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

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Teachers

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

Parents

During this challenging time when children are working at home, rather than at school, it falls to you as parents and carers to help support learning, in ways that you have never had to do before. We have created this area for information to support you as you work with your children, to help you manage, and to help them to learn.

Education organisations are working together to bring a range of high quality information, guidance and resources for schools and parents, to support learners. Check back regularly, as we continue to add information, videos and links to resources.

School first

Your child’s school will be the first place to go to for answers- the school website, social media, email or parent app. Teachers and principals are working hard to make the remote learning as positive as possible and they are experts in your child’s educational needs, so approach them first.

The link between school and home has never been more important than during this time of crisis, so contact your child’s teacher(s) if you have questions, and be part of the learning conversation.

Visit NI Direct for government guidance for parents during this time.

Your child’s school may have provided them with paper-based resources. These will have been tailored to their needs and cover topics that they would have been working on in the classroom. In many cases schools are also providing online resources and activities that will support your child’s learning while normal schooling is not available.

Children thrive when there is a plan for the day or a daily schedule. It helps them to feel safe and secure. It is also very important that there is a balance between online learning, written and practical activities, outdoor learning and free time.

Education Partners have support, lessons and materials for young people and ideas, activities and challenges from across the world.

  • CCMS (for maintained schools)
  • CSSC (for controlled schools)
  • CCEA (for exams and curriculum info)
  • NICIE (for integrated schools)
  • CnaG (for Irish-medium schools)
  • ETI (the inspectorate)

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.

Digital Devices

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

Parents should contact their school directly, to be considered for a digital device.

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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C2K Newsdesk has great resources and activities for children and young people to learn  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

This can be very worrying time with the Coronavirus pandemic around us and we might be fearful ourselves, but as parents and carers, we want to be able to be calm and explain things to our children.

The Public Health Agency is providing the latest information on COVID-19, including looking after yourself physically and mentally. Visit https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus

Rise NI have 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: 22/05/2020