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

Corona Virus - Learning and Working From Home

Resources added today 3.4.20

Anna James Bookwanders online book club
Andrew Lloyd Webber - streaming one of his musicals each week, tonight 7p.m. Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat
Alexander Gordon Smith - reading a chapter a day of his book Lockdown
The Training Space - sentence stacker writing lessons 
Reading Rocks at Home - lessons on YouTube
Chris Bradford - Worldwide author visit 10.4.20
Gaspard and the Quiet Day - new story reassuring & educating them about the current situation
Lucas Maxell - #oneminutebookreview on Instagram
Kingston Libraries - running a programme of digital events
Hay Festival - archive of author videos

Finding veritable information about the outbreak:

Digital escape rooms

Bespoke Classroom how to create using Google Forms
Escape from Wonderland

Facebook pages 
Andrew Lloyd Webber - sharing a sing along video each day

Resources for educators/students/parents to use at home

Audiopi - free access to over 2000+ educational podcasts
Book Riot - 7 of the best educational comics for home schooling 
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
Carel Press Spelling Challenge Quizzes - free to use at home on a single device
Julieanne Devlin - Deputy Principal sharing daily tips & ideas
Ed Tech Impact - list of companies with special offers
Everywhere Book Fest - online children's book festival 1 & 2 May
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
Google 3D animals - on a mobile device go to google, search on an animal (e.g.tiger, penguin) then click on View in 3D

Institute of Education - List of over 50 free online learning resources to help children continue their learning at home, organised by primary / secondary / subject

Into Film - best family films to stream at home
Library of Congress - including Dav Pilkey at home videos
Make a Howler - resource from teacher Kate on FB 
Microsoft Education/BBC Learning - Media literacy programme
Oliver are offering three months free trial of Wheelers ebooks to their customers - email for details
Primary Stars maths year 1 & 2
Q-files are offering free access to the end of July. Find out more about Q-files here. Email them at to get an access link.
Twinkl - use code UKTWINKLEHELPS
Wizarding World - Harry Potter At Home
World Book Day - Top 100 books to share

Authors & illustrators providing free content 

Mac Barnett - Instagram book club
Rod Biddulph #drawwithRob
Jo Cotterill - Jelly teaching resources
Sarah Crossan - online poetry readings on Instagram
Anthony Horowitz - virtual book launch Thursday 2nd April 10a.m
Oliver Jeffers reading one of his books a day live on Instagram, posted to his website afterwards
Derek Landy - video Skulduggery themed story prompts posted daily on Instagram, Competition on Twitter
Nicola Morgan - diary competition
Nicola Morgan - book giveaways
Peter Reynolds - reading aloud on Facebook
Marcus Sedgwick - reading Floodland aloud

Youtube (lessons and authors reading)
Kate DiCamillo - sharing writing prompts etc
Steve Lenton - drawing
Storyline online - authors reading their books aloud US
Write with Rachel - teen creative writing lessons

Ebooks, audiobooks & online reading 
Please be aware that copyright restrictions remain in force. Up to 5% of a book or one chapter may be copied. Whole books cannot be read aloud and posted online without the express permission of the publisher/author. Some authors have given permissions in the current climate for that to be relaxed , but unless you are certain this is the case, it remains illegal . You can find more information here )

Gizmo's Freeware - list of online reading 
Netgalley - free proof ebooks for librarians, teachers & blogger 

Individual Publishers
Barrington Stoke - ebook sale


Josh Gad (Frozen's voice of Olaf) sharing stories 
Sir Patrick Stewart - reading a Shakespeare sonnet a day online

Home learning and online collaboration sites

I'm in school, but there's few pupils... 

I'm sure there's no shortage of things on your to-do list that you never usually get time to do, but here's some suggestions:

  • Weed - have a sort through; get rid of any old, tatty, out of date resources. Make space for displays. Put yourself in the shoes of a 13 year old - what would they find attractive and engaging?
  • Do a stocktake - check what's in your system is accurate; it saves a lot of time in the long run!
  • Write your annual report - there's still time to show what you have accomplished this year. You don't have to send it yet, but you can start pulling the data together. 
  • Change displays

There's a longer list available here from Sarah Pavey, care of SLG:


We are  running a series of webinars over the next few months, on topics from social media to library events, to hearing from international education and leadership speaker Richard Gerver. You can find out more about the webinars here:

Weekend Course

Many people have understandably been asking about the weekend course, and whether it's going ahead. At the moment, the plan is to continue as usual, but we are monitoring the situation closely. We realise this uncertainity may hamper people's ability to book, so we have created an 'Expression of Interest' form  which allows you to benefit from the Early Bird discount (if signed up before 31st March) even if you don't book until closer to the date.