Schools and education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information about schools and education during the pandemic.

Information for parents and carers on closures

Additional resources for parents and carers

A government helpline is available to answer education-related coronavirus questions:

Home schooling

  • Government online education resources for schools and parents to help children learn at home.
  • BBC Bitesize has daily lessons and resources as well as advice and tips on schooling at home.
  • There are lots of free resources in our online library - from reference books, Britannica Online and dictionaries to help support your study needs
  • You can use BBC Teach for free. It's home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject.
  • CBeebies helps pre-schoolers learn whilst they play fun games, watch clips, sing songs and make things with their favourite CBeebies characters and shows.

Talking to children

Finding it hard to explain the facts about coronavirus and social distancing?

  • The NHS, in collaboration with Alder Hey Children's Hospital, have put together this handy guide (pdf format 3Mb) explaining all about the virus.
  • Free information book explaining coronavirus to children, from Gruffalo Illustrator, Axel Sheffler.
  • The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children's Board has produced a useful information sheet for children and teenagers.

Information for schools, early years and childminders

The Department for Education has published Guidance for full opening: schools, recommending Public Health England’s free infection prevention education resource e-Bug.