Remote/Blended Learning

For links to practice in other schools and further advice about developing practice in your school, click the 'Putting Remote/Blended Learning into Practice' link in the box on the right of this page.

Planning for Remote/Blended Education

Within Section 5 of Guidance for Full Opening, the DFE sets out its expectations for a school’s remote learning offer should a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown.
Planning for Remote/Blended Education is a framework, produced by GCC, which is designed to support senior leaders with decision making when planning the school’s offer. Schools are at different stages with their plans – for those who have completed the process, the framework can be used to review current provision against the DFE guidance.  For schools just beginning the process, the format supports the gathering of information needed to shape the offer.
Planning for Remote/Blended Education

Resources and projects to support home learning

List of resources to support remote and blended learning
This list has been complied by GCC to support schools with easily finding free resources to support the development of their remote/blended learning.
List of resources to support remote/blended learning

Gloucestershire Libraries Lockdown project
Gloucestershire Libraries are looking for children and adults to share their experiences of lockdown. They are encouraging submissions in a range of formats: personal stories, poems, fictional short stories, comic strips, short films, animation, blogs and vlogs. Once submitted, the contributions will be posted on their website, with some used by Gloucestershire Archives to build a lasting collection for future generations.
Life in Lockdown: In Your Words webpage
Lockdown project poster

Lockdown Arts Activity: Labyrinths
This arts-based research project from the Liverpool John Moore University centres around labyrinth activities - the labyrinth being an ancient archetype that has re-emerged in recent decades and is often used in educational as well as health and well-being settings. The aim is to explore how arts activities can be useful during epidemics and, in particular, how children and teenagers can process, reflect and capture their experiences of lockdown by engaging with labyrinth activities.
Those who choose to get involved will be invited to take part in a public exhibition as part of the National Being Human Festival in November 2020.
Access resources and information at or contact Elaine McNeill, School Liaison Officer, at  or on 07782482733.

Oak National Academy 
Launched in April, this initiative is led by teachers who have assembled video lessons and resources for any teacher in the country to make use of if they wish to do so. After being given £4.34 million by the government to continue next year, around 10,000 further lessons are being created, including a version of the entire national curriculum.

DfE lists of online education resources for home learning (updated 24.06.20)
Updated with further resources and additional tips to help parents/carers with home education.  Resources for: English; mathematics; science; PE, wellbeing; SEND; and home education/tips for parents.
Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education (Updated 24 June 2020)

Calculator Crunch (Y6/Y7)
Mathematic Education Innovation (MEI) has provided nine Calculator Crunch tasks (15-25 June) to challenge (Y6/Y7) pupils’ mathematical thinking skills.  Each puzzle is included in the attached powerpoint slides.  Alternatively, you can download each challenge from the website where you can also access supporting guidance to help structure lines of enquiry.   
Calculator Crunch PPT
Calculator Crunch – Mathematic Education Innovation website

Collection of free activities and resources (updated 15.06.20)
This PowerPoint brings together some links to free activities and resources, grouped into subjects, that could be used by primary schools to support home learning. The collection will be added to over time. If you have suggestions that you are happy to share, or if you would like support with setting up effective home learning activities, please email Helen Lockyer, Performance Adviser, Education Outcomes and Intervention team.
Collection of free activities and resources

Speak Out, Stay Safe Assembly (DfE and NSPCC)
In partnership with the DfE, the NSPCC has put together a special assembly on the theme of Speak out, Stay Safe with contributions from Ant, Dec and David Walliams. The assembly has been compiled to help children understand what is happening currently, why they may be feeling anxious or worried and where to get help if they need it.
Speak Out, Stay Safe Assemby

 EEF COVID-19 Resources 
The EEF has produced a set of resources designed to be used by schools and parents/carers to support home learning. These are all based on the evidence-based recommendations of their guidance reports.
For schools, there are helpful planning prompts and other practical tools. There are also useful resources for schools to share with parents who are looking to support their children’s learning - from establishing home learning routines to shared reading help, to handy tips for supporting maths in the home.
EEF Covid-19 Resources

Health and Wellbeing
The Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning (GHLL) website includes a COVID-19 section, which includes a range of information and resources to support mental health and wellbeing during the current crisis. This is being regularly updated with resources to support schools and families.

Library Service: Online resources for parents and teachers to support learning during school closure
This document will be updated regularly and provides information on services available through Gloucestershire Libraries, in addition to links to online learning resources compiled by Library Services for Education. Please note, some resources may be available as a limited free trial or may only be available for the duration of school closures.
See the link at the top of the home page of the Library Service’s website

First News
The online newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds, is offering free access to its materials ‘for a limited period of time, to help parents, children and schools during any isolation or school closures.’

Children’s Guide to the Coronavirus
The Children’s Commissioner has created a children’s guide to coronavirus to help explain the situation. The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

Elective Home Education Resources
The web page on the Gloucestershire County Council website which supports elective home education provides a wide range of information, including a directory of online providers (created by the inclusion team in collaboration with Gloucestershire's elective home education community).See (scroll down to the bottom of the page)


Guidance for parents during home learning 

COVID-19: keeping children safe online 
Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online




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