School Closure resources

Support for out of School Learning


This page will collate the SLA resources that are of particular use when working from home. 
These are in addition to our usual provision of Online Courses, Publications, the CPD Library and the support resources and advice line. 

The SLA office is still open, and we are on hand to maintain services. 

You can find a list of resources and platforms which have been made freely available below, as well as information about upcoming events and plans in reaction to the closure of schools. 

We will update this page as needed. Best wishes for you all at this time.

Books and working resources
Books and working resources
Learning and Working Online
(See our 2nd page  for book related resources)

Resources for educators/students/parents 

Just in!

Creative Earth - art competition for under 16s

Priory Group - A parents guide to keeping children safe online

Children's Mental Health Week - 1 - 7 February, theme Express Yourself

BBC - Mental health & wellbeing teaching resources 

Place2Be - teaching resources for CMHW

Empathy Lab - 2021 Read For Empathy book collection 

Great Big Art Exhibition
- encouragement to make art on themes suggested by famous people and display it in windows 

RSPB - online games for kids

Guide to screen addictions & responsible internet use - useful resource from

Early Learning Centre - learning activity hub with resources and advice for learning at home 

Oti's Boogie Beebies - Short videos that introduce different dance moves from the Strictly star , broadcast each day at 8.25 

National Marine Museum
- running 2 teaching sessions every Friday, Deep Science & Mermaid Tales

Roald Dahl Teach - lesson plans for teaching Dahl books 

Author Emma Carroll - running free writing lessons on Instagram Live for primary and secondary students starting 12.1.21

Holocaust Memorial Day 27.1.20

Tom Palmer - resources & competition

BBC - resources 

Teachwire - 12 of the best teaching resources for primary and secondary

UNA UK - activities for primary and secondary

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure & Redbridge Council
- virtual Holocaust Memorial Day service

Futurelearn - free online courses 

World Kindness Day 13.11.20

Teachstart - 10 ways to teach kids to be kind 
PlanBee - free WKD challenge chart
School of Kindness - free pack 
British Red Cross - Power of Kindness calendar
British Red Cross - Coronavirus Newsthink 

Early years/primary

Cast of Thousands
Disney Lion King - online children's theatre course
Disney Theatrical - free education resources 
Don't Worry Little Crab - teachers notes written by CLPE
Juniper Education - Parent timetables for KS1 & 2 with free events for each day 
Literacy Trust Premier League Primary Stars
Papercrafter Magazine - 100s of free crafty downloads including NHS heart & rainbow to colour 
Penguin Publishers - Classroom activity starter author videos
Schoolzone - Free Headstart learning activity booklets for KS1 & KS2 Maths & English


Barrington Stoke - Home School Help for Lockdown for dyslexic readers
BBC School Radio - English resources 
Grammar Check - English spell checker 
Historical Association - resource sharing hub for home learning
Our Corona Diary - author site encouraging children to keep a diary
Penguin Publishers - Classroom activity starter author videos
The Reading Journey -  Just Imagine 
Visuwords - visual interactive dictionary 


Map crunch - random worldwide street views
Natural History Museum - resources and facts 
What on Earth Books - Non fiction colouring sheets & resources
Windowswap - open a window somewhere in the world


Southampton University - National Cipher Challenge


BBC fake news - Coronavirus resource
Clickview - providing free access to a selected series of resources to assist teachers, students and also parents at this time.  These include teaching resources to accompany the video content; topics include Ramadan, Wellbeing as well as subject content for primary and secondary levels. No login or passwords required. Any questions please contact Chris
Guardian teaching resources - news journalism teaching ideas & activities 
Guardian - news literacy teaching ideas for primary teachers/students/families
Guardian - primary news activity , finding the 5 Ws
Guardian - news and media teaching ideas for secondary teachers/students/families
Guardian - printable front page template
Into Film - best family films to stream at home
Jim Henson talking about creating Muppets 
Microsoft Education/BBC Learning - Media literacy programme
Newswise - unit of work on news literacy
The Day Home - children's online newspaper , free at the moment


Empathy Day Live! - 9.6.20, video archive available 
Smiling Mind - Digital care packs to support kids through Covid and beyond


Big Bang Digital Live - Online event for young people (11+) taking and inspirational, uplifting look at the essential role of science and engineering in a pandemic
Getting ahead in physics - Tom Whipple, Science Editor at The Time, introduces the science of radiation without the boring bits! 
James Dyson Foundation - engineering challenge cards 
Northern Gas - Safety Seymour, resources for younger children on the topic of carbon monoxide safety 
Royal Institution - science videos
Stay-at-home with Tom Whipple -  Science Editor at The Times and author of Get Ahead in Physics, introduces the science of electricity without the boring bits!


BT & ITV - tech tips videos
Google 3D animals - on a mobile device go to google, search on an animal (e.g.tiger, penguin) then click on View in 3D
Think U Know - online safety 

Cross Curricular

Aimhi - live, interactive online lessons 
All Digital School - community of educators & directory of resources
Audiopi - free access to over 2000+ educational podcasts
BBC Bitesize - daily online lessons & activities
BBC  Bitesize - 14 day sort your life out challenge
BBC Bitesize - ABC of things to do without leaving the house
BBC Super Movers - active learning resources
Brittanica School Resources - schools can have generic trial access to the Britannica school resource here with this login:ID -digitallearning Password - research. Alternatively they can sign up for an individual school access here
Canva - create posters, booklets etc free educational account 
Carel Press Spelling Challenge Quizzes - free to use at home on a single device
Career Soundbites - informational videos from Siddiqui Education 
Department of Education -  resource list 
Julieanne Devlin - Deputy Principal sharing daily tips & ideas
Education Platform - Copyright Licensing Agency, access to digital versions of books, allowing teaching staff to copy and share up to 5% of a book in line with the CLA copyright licence
Ed Tech Impact - list of companies with special offers
Elsa support - free resources 
Exact Editions - have partnered with 8 publishers to offer schools free access to the digital archives of their magazines until the 1st Oct 2020. The participating magazines are: Chemistry World, New Internationalist, Geographical Prospect, The Biologist, Resurgence & Ecologist, BBC History Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, BBC Science Magazine, The World Today. To access these free resources email
Farming STEMterprise- free online workshop
Football School - free download of Ultimate Puzzle Book
Get Creative 2020 - #GetCreativeAtHome 
Government - Financial support for education, early years & children's social care
Government - Guidance for special schools, specialist colleges, local authorities & any other settings managing children/young people with complex special educational needs & disability
Ideas Roadshow's IBDP Portal - digital resources for students & teachers in the IB's Diploma Programme 
Juniper Education - resources for teachers
Juniper Education - homeschooling resources and activities for parents
Library of Congress - including Dav Pilkey at home videos
London CLC - home learning: helpful links for parents 
Massolit - over 3000 lectures for older students
Oak National Academy - online lessons 
Off School - website of teaching ideas endorsed by Steve Skidmore
Oliver are offering three months free trial of Wheelers ebooks to their customers - email for details
On The Edge - conservation activities & teaching resources 
Open Culture - list of free online courses , audiobooks & much more
Radioblogging - daily shows from Pie Corbett, Deputy Mitchell, Ian Rockey & Russell Prue
Teach from Home - temporary hub of resources & tools for teachers from Google
The School Trip - collection of resources by subject 
Stephen Heppell - online learning 
Stonewall - free home learning packs
TedEd - sharing graduation videos , whether that be graduation from primary or secondary school or university 
The Bestiary - drawing lessons & free downloadable nature images from illustrator Ben Rothery
West Mercia Search & Rescue - free online water safety course

Youtube (lessons) 

Reading Rocks at Home - lessons on YouTube
The Training Space - sentence stacker writing lessons 
Write with Rachel - teen creative writing lessons


Sir Patrick Stewart - reading a Shakespeare sonnet a day online

Home learning and online collaboration sites

CPD, Experiences & Leisure

The Shows Must Go On - streaming musicals each week, YouTube
Andrew Lloyd Webber - sharing a sing along video each day, Facebook
Bolshoi Ballet - ballet videos on Youtube
Cirque du Soleil - 60 minute special performance
Feverup - London experiences from home list 
Frida Kahlo - virtual tour of her home, Casa Azul
Just Imagine - free webinars 
King's Cross at Home - recipes, live exercise sessions etc 
Mail Rail - virtual trip on the old underground mail system 
Rameses Tomb - virtual tour 
Tate Kids - games and quizzes 
Upgraded Points - 101+ virtual tours of popular tourist attractions around the world
Yellowstone National Park - Old Faithful livestream