First Day Back to (Home) School - Parents don their teacher hats for the new term

MyTutor - the UK's leading online tutoring service - has compiled some great tips on how parents can structure and timetable their children's days, based on feedback from their own parent base:
 
  • If you have more than one child, timetables should ideally be adjusted depending on the independence and needs of each individual child. Younger children, for example, should work in short bursts of 30-40 minutes. Older children can remain focussed for longer periods of up to an hour.
     
  • Keep a combination of self-directed study, help from you and other family members, and free time when kids can focus on their own project or activity.
     
  • Try having set lessons in the morning, and then use the afternoon to try more creative or practical activities - including getting outside if you can do so safely. Lots of MyTutor's parents are doing exactly this and many are using the afternoons to bake and craft with their children.

  • Try "shaping the day" with each child so they know exactly what to expect and what they should have achieved by the end of it. Establishing a routine is important - even if it's just that they need to have had breakfast and be dressed by 9:30!

Homeschooling during COVID-19: How One Family is Doing It
https://www.mytutor.co.uk/blog/homeschooling-during-covid-19-how-one-family-is-doing-it/

The guide offers lots of helpful information such as:

  • Useful tips and ideas for parents homeschooling their children during the COVID-19 lockdown.

  • Written by Emma Bradley, a qualified teacher and mum of three, the blog is full of details from her personal experience – a great source of inspiration for other parents.

  • Advice on a range of topics; including how to structure the day, how to give children a choice in what they do, how to give teens a sense of purpose, and how to make learning fun.

  • Advice on supporting your teen’s mental health during lockdown.

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Advice on a range of topics; including how to structure the day, how to give children a choice in what they do, how to give teens a sense of purpose, and how to make learning fun.

Advice on supporting your teen’s mental health during lockdown.

To help disadvantaged students at home, the Government has also announced they will provide laptops and 4G routers to those families who do not have internet access. MyTutor hope to support all pupils, and has launched a free Online School which is packed with support.

The platform offers daily live group tutorials on key topics and new resources are added every day. Current offerings provide GCSE module tutorials, with Key-Stage 3 and A-Level modules in development. Pre-recorded videos focussing on popular topics are also uploaded to MyTutor's YouTube channel regularly, across a wide range of subjects, but are currently centred around the core subjects: Maths, the three Sciences and English.
 
21/04/2020