Guidance for Schools and other Educational Settings

Schools/Educational Guidance


National Helpline

National Helpline opens today for parents and carers which will provide personalised support and advice on home learning to support pupils until schools re-open.  Starline is a free telephone helpline which offers parents and carers personalised advice and support from a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts - you can contact Starline on 0330 313 9162


Schools Open for Children of Essential Workers, Children with EHCP's and Children with a Child in Need Plan here or if you would like a downloadable version here, if you have any questions regarding the status of a school, or are a Key Worker whose school is closed and you need alternative provision, please call Elizabeth Freer on 020 7364 2988.


Managing the transition to Home Schooling

Resources aimed at helping parents of children with SEND during the period of school closures here

More useful resources here


Home Schooling Resources

DFE Home Schooling


  • Make your own Maths board game - Maths board games are a great way to get children hooked and engaged with Maths.  Gary Hall, a teacher from Yorkshire, has gathered a collection of board game templates which can be modified to make your own maths game which will teach many different aspects of both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Maths
  • Maths 
  • Maths with Carol Vorderman with The Maths Factor
  • Time - an online Maths activity


  • Key Stage 3 English - Five activities to keep you on your toes with grammar.  Oxford University Press has created five fun things to do with grammar during lockdown.  Try these activities, with lower Key Stage 3 in mind
  • English with David Walliams at 11:00 a.m.
  • Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service have got some wonderful resources for both teachers and parents.  Why not take a look here to find out more
  • Free reading and writing resrouces, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges, suitable for Birth to Secondary School and Parents here
  • The Alphabet Game: A great way to get kids talking.  This simple game is an effective way to get your children talking.  Begin a conversation on a topic such as 'school', then challenge the children to go through the alphabet and think of a word that starts with each letter.  For example A: Algebra, B: Basketball, C: Clock, D:Desk.... You can then use any of the answers to spark further discussions, by asking open-ended questions such as 'Basketball': 'How did you get on with the tournament the other day?'
  • With COVID-19 throwing up all sorts of big qestions for us and our children and at HEC we are talking about the pandemic in a different way, and we are inviting children and their families, learners and their teachers to join the conversation.  We will be releasing new story content evert Tuesday and Thursday morning.  You can follow the story on Facebook, or follow us on twitter @HECGlobal or by going striaght to YouTube


  • History with Dan Snow (Free for 30 Days)
  • Altab Ali was a Bengali man whose murder in Whitechapel on 4th May 1978 mobilised the community to stand against racism.  This year Tower Hamlets Council marks the day with the launch of a film 'Altab Ali & The Battle of Brick Lane' and educational resource here


  • Make a simple Houmous - Try this Jamie Oliver recipe for a health and tasty snack for everyone.  It does not require many ingredients and after you have made it once, you will want to make it again and again.  This classic Houmous recipe is a simple blend of Chickpeas and Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste)
  • Fish and Couscous Salad - If you are able to find couscous in the shops, this versatile cupboard staple can form the basis of many quick and easy meals.  This recipe from the British Heart Foundation can be altered based on whatever leftover fish or vegetables you have in your kitchen (beans can be used instead of fish too)
  • Flipping tasty pancake recipe - See what we did there?  Savoury pancakes are the perfect breakfast treat.  Try this yummy recipe from Change4Life
  • Cooking with Jamie Oliver
  • Nomster Chef Recipe Library
  • Four Seasons Pizza Recipe

Music and Dance

Physical Education and Fitness

  • Support with teaching PE at Home - Take a look at these short 2 minutes videos of fun, free and easy-to-follow activities you can enjoy alone, or with your family
  • Fitness Blender - Videos featuring a range of exercises and workouts.  You can choose exercises by degree of difficulty, type, gender and whether equipment is needed or not - Registration is NOT required
  • Joe Wicks, Body Coach - Suitable for Primary, Secondary and Parents
  • Fitness videos from the NHS - Suitable for Primary, Secondary and Parents.  Take your pick from 24 instructor led videos across aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, Pilates and Yoga.  These workout have been created by fitness instructors.  These sessions are live and range from 10 - 45 minutes
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga and Mindfulness - suitable for Primary aged children.  Yoga and Minfulness can support your mental and physical wellbeing and you may find this relaxing and calming.  The clips are of varying lengths, but are all fairly short.  You will find Yoga, Mindfulness and Relaxation designed especially for primary school aged children, but there is nothing to stop adults from benefitting as well!
  • West Ham FC Calling - The Healthy Lives Team and West Ham Football Club have been working with Primary Schools in Tower Hamlets to introduce the Premier League Primary Stars Programme, as part of the Mayor of London's Healthy Schools Silver and Gold Awards.  Here is West Ham midfielder, Pablo Fornals, saying a personal hello to all those using the Primary Stars Programme.

  • Premier League Primary Stars have made their school curriculum-linked resources completely free for home learning.  These resources have been successfully used in thousances of primary schools and are now available for families.  Resources cover Maths, English, PE and Health and Well-Being for primary school chidlren, with fun activities to keep them active and learning at home.  Resources are added each week.  

IT and Computers

  • ICT and Inclusion young-people
  • Make your own Anime - Anime is a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterised by colourful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-filled plots.  Learn how to create your own with this easy step-by-step guide.
  • Stop-Motion Animation - when we watch animations, we might not always consider the work that has gone into creating them.  See for yourself in this short movie all about how to stop-motion animation is made featuring Nush Kishani Naanayakkara, BAFTA-Winning animation director


  • Mystery Science - Mystery Science offers lessons that inspire kids to love science.  The visuals and activity have all been prepared for parents and teachers and free membership is available to teachers who haven't tried Mystery Science yet
  • Science, Techology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subject resources.  To support parents and carers with home learning, subject experts have put together a selection of Free activities and materials - catering to primary, secondary and sixth form pupils.  The website offers thousands of free-to-access, quality-assured resources to support teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering an dMaths (STEM) subjects


Art, Crafts & Creativity

  • Chatta Club creative learning for 3-11 year olds
  • Bad Drawing Club at South London Gallery takes place every Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
  • Tate Kids has an almost endless supply of fun, at home art activities
  • Nikon Photography Course for the entire month of April.  Many of the principles can be applied to smart phones and more basic cameras too.  The courses include:
    • Creating Video Content
    • Getting started with your Nikon DSLR
    • Photographing Children and Pets
    • Using Off camera flash
    • Fundamentals of photography
    • Environmental portraiture
    • The art of making music videos
    • Beyond the fundamentals of photography
    • Discovering macro photography
    • Exploring dynamic landscapre photography
  • Make a Spin Painting


  • Grow saucer vegetables with the Royal Horticultural Society.  Did you know that there are vegetables that you can re-grow again from kitchen scraps?  Try this fun and engaging science experiment to grow either celery, carrots, parsnips, bettroot, chives, leeks or turnips.  The activity is excellent for helping children discover what plants require for growth, observing growth and change over time



  • Research which countries speak French globally and locate them on a map.  Websites to check:
  • Take a virtual tour of the French Institute, a library and learning centre based in London for all things French.  There are links to videos, games and stories and even an interview with well-known childrens illustrators Axel Scheffler and Quentin Blake


For your older children, here are 50 free revision resources for 11+, GCSEs and A-Levels, have a look here

Primary Home Learning

Curriculum resources for children aged 5-11

Secondary Home Learning

Curriculum resources for Young People aged 11-18  


  • Hans on COVID - The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has teamed up with the illustrator of the Gruffalo to launch an extensive range of free digital COVID19 Educational resources for children.  The 'Hans on COVID' campaign is headed up by scientists at LSHT and fronted by a new cartoon character called Hans.  Hans will be giving parents and teachers a helping hand and handy tips to engage children in public health science in the weeks and months ahead.
  • Build a LEGO balloon powered car - Lego building is entertaining and popular for children and adults.  This LEGO balloon car is a perfect example of the simple fun you can have.  Combine science and engineering in this fun activity - maybe you could make a few balloon powered cars and race them?
  • Would you like to receive FREE resources every Tuesday?  Then sign up for FREE here.  Free for anyone, teachers or parents
  • Following school closures, Premier League Primary Stars are making school resources available for home learning.  Resources will cover Maths, English, Physical Activity and Health and Wellbeing for Key Stage 1 (5-7 year olds) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 year olds), with fun activities to keep children active and learning at home. 
  • The Mascot Challenge - The resources explore Olympic and Paralympic Mascots and challenges children to design a mascot for the Paralympics.  They have extended the deadline to 31st May 2020.  There is a chance to have selected designs displayed at Paralympics House in the athletes' village at the Tokyo Paralympics Games; you can also win signed Team GB or Paralympics GB Kit.  Full resources, design sheets and an email address to send entires to are provided here 
  • Canary Wharf Group has a solid track record of working with Local Primary schols to educate children about the built environment, the history of the area, career opportunities and art.  In the age of home learning, they've pulled together some useful resources for your children in Key Stages 1, 2 and unders 15s