What education resources can I access while my children are at home during the coronavirus (Covid-19)?

There are many online resources aimed at supporting children with their education. However, it may feel overwhelming and knowing what to follow can be difficult. Your child’s education setting (school, college, university) should recommend the resources they feel are most appropriate, and may have already sent work home. Many teachers are offering remote or online lessons while pupils are at home.

If you have any concerns about the content or access to educational resources, your first port of contact is your child’s class teacher and/or their QTVI (Qualified Teacher of children with Vision Impairment). You can use RNIB’s Local Offer directory to find the contact details of your QTVI service.

The following resources may also be of help, although we recommend you check with your child’s teacher of Vision Impairment or their school before using them:

Guide Dogs 

Guide Dogs Specialist Education Support team have selected resources specifically to support parents who have a child with a vision impairment. These include reading and audio materials, teaching and curriculum resources, GCSE revision materials.

VICTA Parent Portal

The VICTA parent portal  is an information hub for all parents and carers raising a child with a vision impairment. They have information that will help you find resources to support you when teaching your children at home.

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize is making extra educational content available to help students during lockdown. CBBC, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button will all be offering lots of content for students including daily lessons which will be made available online.

RNIB’s Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) team would like to hear from you if you have any specific concerns, in particular “How do I?” questions or topics. Please email [email protected] using the title “How we can help you?” with your ideas or concerns or call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 99 99 

Guide Dogs Specialist Education Support Team are also available to answer any questions you have about your child’s current or future educational needs. Contact them on 0800 781 1444 or email them at [email protected]

General information on the coronavirus can be found on the gov.uk coronavirus (Covid-19) web pages, along with additional information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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