TLA Education highlights

Ed-tech solutions and initiatives

The TLA Education team has been seeking ways to keep sharing, supporting and empowering our community. We’re launching a new blog and website and welcome contributions. For social media fans we’re continuing to promote education initiatives on Twitter and invite you to join our brand new discussion group on LinkedIn.

As Ed-tech solutions and initiatives have moved to the fore on all our landscapes, we are highlighting a few of the best sites for guidance and support in this overwhelming time. Now is the time for Ed-tech to shine. We are all learning, relying on technology to adapt to an alternative normal.

Whether that is using video calls to see our (emotionally) nearest and dearest, using the latest ed-tech to support home schooling or learning efforts or seeking ways to use this time to upskill and educate yourself. As always, we welcome your thoughts, feedback and ideas.

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The Education Foundation –  Sage advice and recommendations on ‘how educators and parents are supporting student learning during COVID-19’ – please see recently launched Protecting Learning Report Also find examples of best EdTech practice in schools here EdTech50

Home Education – Thousands of free teaching resources available for download, from planning templates and checklists to challenge cards, games and powerpoints.
BBC Bitesize – a fantastic resource for young people of all ages
BBC Teach – live and pre-recorded video lessons from popular BBC presenters.
Khan Academy – great online lessons, particularly for maths and science subjects.

SpecialistYou Teach Me Too – A platform with a  range of short videos that schools, parents and carers can use to help support young people (mainstream and those with additional needs) in developing their social awareness, internet safety and independence in a whole variety of situations.

Parents and carers have access to training on Makaton signing, BSL, PECS, body signing, strategies to support young people on the autism spectrum and more. Check out the videos of teachers demonstrating how children are taught key concepts in curriculum subjects from EYFS to A level. It is a secure platform with no adverts or access to anything not made by schools. 

MathematicsTimely Practice – A break from maths teaching and learning March-September is likely to result in  summer holiday learning loss. This learning service helps ensure that the most disadvantaged learners do not fall further behind their peers.  Free until end of September 2020. 

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Resources for the home-education community that has existed for years, including blogs sharing experiences and top tips, for example:  freddies mummy

Then there are established organisations which have always supported distance learning: https://resources.nec.ac.uk/  and  http://www.open.ac.uk/

Wellbeing & Health – For wellbeing and physical activities we have Joe Wickes PE classes and other celebs are sharing their expertise in a range of goodtoknow subjects.

Whether you are looking for support for your own mental health at university, support for a friend or loved one, or for services that might be available to you as a student, help is available from student minds.


 For parents trying to stay sane, Headspace is among many wellbeing apps you can try for free at the moment and Mind have excellent advice on keeping yourself as mentally healthy as possible.

TLA Resource Hub
For wider advice and support – please see the newly launched TLA Resource Hub – supported by leading tech experts – offers you the advice and tools you need, free of access, to ensure you are able to navigate through #COVID19.