Educational Resources

Educational Resources

Outward Bound 'Skills for Life Award' Course

The Sir Francis Chichester Trust is once again offering FREE places on the 19 day Outward Bound 'Skills for Life Award' course to young people who live in Devon and who are aged 16-19 (at the time of the course, which will be July/August 2021)

The course is designed to help participants make an effective transition into sixth form, further education or work and is a chance to have a life-shaping adventure with people from all over the world, to know what they are truly capable of achieving and to stand out in a crowded market place. 

The Trust looks for candidates that wouldn't normally have a chance to undertake anything of this nature and will be able to enjoy and benefit from the experience. 

The closing date for applications is Monday 1 February 2021 with interviews for those shortlisted being held 4 and 5 March 2021 in Exeter and young people applying must be available on one or other of these dates. For further information and to download an application form, please click here.

Tailfeather TV

TailfeatherTV follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework for Learning and Development, so children can explore and engage with fun topics through dance, singing, signing, learning, and playing.

All episodes are co-written and presented by brilliantly talented young adults with learning disabilities, including dancer Andrew Self.

You can find TailfeatherTV on YouTube by clicking here .

STEM Learning

Home learning support for families

To support parents and carers STEM Learning's subject experts have put together a selection of activities and materials, which are free for everyone to access.These exciting activity collections contain a range of fun, hands-on activities that can be used to engage primary and secondary aged children with science, technology, engineering and maths. They require little or no equipment so are suitable for any classroom or home learning. 

Click here to find out more. 

National Marine Aquarium

Every Friday for the next 7 weeks, starting Friday the 15th of January, The National Marine Aquarium will be delivering FREE live lessons via YouTube!  

Each week there will be two sessions. The first 'Deep Science' (1:00pm to 1:20pm) will see their schools team using aquarium exhibits and their AquaLab to explore the science behind the animated ocean exploration tv series ‘The Deep’ (CBBC @12pm on weekdays during lockdown). Expect fascinating facts and real time experiments, as well as ideas to follow up with at home!

The second will be ‘Mermaid Tales’, which will air from 1:30 – 1:45pm and will involve a short story narrated by their resident mermaid, Marina - perfect timing before an afternoon nap, or as a gentle, relaxing start to the afternoon.

Tune into their Youtube Channel by clicking here or for more information click here to visit the website.

National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust's "Words for Life" site is packed with free, fun activities to improve reading and writing skills for ages 0-12 years to try at home. Activities can be filtered by age group and include chat, play, read, watch, listen, write and make.

Click here to find out more.

NASA Kids Club

A place to play games, complete activities and learn about NASA and space. Examples of the activities included are 'Tracking the International Space Station', 'Spot the Difference', 'Making  Paper Mars Helicopters' and 'Decoding Secret Messages' but there are loads more to try out.

Click here to find out more 

Orchard Toys

Orchard Toys are currently offering a range of free, printable worksheets and activities that are fun, educational and perfect for pre-school and school age children learning at home. They include numeracy and literacy activity sheets, craft ideas, colouring sheets and recipes. They add to these every day, but if you sign up to their emails you will get them sent to your email inbox the night before they are released.

Click here to find out more


FREE Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Home Learning Packs

Is your child a fan of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s wonderful picture books? Now you can download a range of home learning activity packs to complete as your read the books! Stick Man, Zog, The Highway Rat and more.

Click here for more information 

Disney on Stage

Fun activities to do with your family at home.

Many families and young people will be learning at home for a while, so over the coming weeks, Disney on Stage will be showcasing some of the most popular parts of Disney Theatrical’s free education programmes. There will be activities from The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, Frozen, and a selection of Careers in Theatres videos and podcasts.

Click here for more information and bookmark the page so you can keep checking back for free activities, resources and videos. 

The World Has Turned Upside Down 

Coronavirus and lockdown have turned the lives of children and their families upside down. Routine, structure and predictability have been thrown out the window and every day brings uncertainty. This wonderful story highlights the impact of recent changes and uncertainty on autistic children - but the experiences will resonate with all families. You can download Ambitious about Autism's 'The World Has Turned Upside Down' story on your own devices, see below.

Following the success of 'The World Has Turned Upside Down', two worksheets have been produced for children and young people to help them work through their own perceptions of lockdown. Working in collaboration with two special education teachers, they see the return of the story's much-loved characters created by Kes Gray and illustrator Chloe Bachelor.

The worksheets have been created with autistic children and young people in mind but just like the story, can be enjoyed by anyone. Click here to download, edit digitally, or print out the worksheets.

BBC to broadcast lessons on television

The BBC will show curriculum-based programmes on TV from Monday 11th January. They will include three hours of primary school programming every weekday on CBBC, and at least two hours for secondary pupils on BBC Two.

The primary programmes, which will be broadcast on CBBC from 09:00 every day, will include BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily as well as Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories and Operation Ouch.

BBC Two will cater for secondary students with programming to support the GCSE curriculum, including adaptations of Shakespeare plays alongside science, history and factual titles.

Bitesize Daily primary and secondary will also air every day on the red button as well as episodes being available on demand on iPlayer.

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize offers lessons, videos, quizzes, downloadable timetables, along with practical advice from Primary age to Post 16.

A full range of subjects can be accessed at a click of a button from Literacy and Numeracy to Spanish and Art & Design.

You will also find the daily Newsround bulletin where you can catch up with the latest news stories around the world.

Click here to find out more


ZSL -  Zoological Society of London

The site offers access to animal activity sheets for ages 3 all the way up to 16, along with educational activities from animal art and bug hunting to brushing up on keeper counting skills.

Who said learning can’t be fun? Click here to find out more 

Also London Zoo give links to some of the webcams, live streams, Animal Antics and Behind-the-scenes updates at the zoo. You can access these by clicking here 

The Institute of Engineering and Technology

Free STEM resources for primary and secondary school children

Engage your child and keep them busy and learning at home with the available home learning teaching resources and activities for 4-16 years old (Key Stage 1, KS2, KS3 and KS4) including lesson plans, handouts and videos.

Click here to find out more 

Oak National Academy

The online classroom offers free access to teachers delivering video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. Available for both primary and secondary, it covers a range of subjects. The lessons are ordered so your child can learn along a clear plan. There will be new lessons and resources each week.

Oak National Academy will fit alongside other resources such as BBC Bitesize. Together, these can offer a structure to the day for children until schools fully reopen.

The Specialist classroom has lesson plans for Occupation Therapy, Speech and Language, Physical Therapy and lots more.

Find out more here

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is offering free virtual tours from its website.

Click here to find out more 

The British Library

The British Library have their extensive collections available online, which should prove a great resource for students trying to research at home.

Click here to access the Library 

The Tate Gallery

The Tate Gallery has a 360-degree virtual tour online.

Click here to find out more 

The British Museum

The British Museum has made its online collections free to the public to view.

Click here for an interactive experience of the Museum or here to go straight to the website

YouTube Learning.

Explore learning videos by age or subject and take trips across the world watching National Geographic’s 360-degree underwater world or dive with Giant Manta Rays

Click here to find out more 

Dyson Challenge Cards

Dyson engineers have designed these challenges specifically for children. Ideal for home or in the classroom, they encourage inquisitive young minds to get excited about engineering.

Can you skewer a balloon without popping it? Coat a nail in copper? What happens when you plug a clock into a potato?

Click here to find out more


Royal Mint ‘Kid’s Hub’

Lots of quizzes, games and educational tools – brought to life through iconic coins, and popular children’s characters such as The Gruffalo and Wallace and Gromit. Ideal for families and children staying home and looking to fill their time with fun, factual and coin-related activities. This page is updated with new activities weekly. 

Children of the Forest

Children of the Forest run sessions called  'Free to Learn' for Home Educating children to attend, without their parents / carers, every Weds & Thurs in term time. The Forest School is based in 3 acres of private woodland in Uffculme, near Cullompton (EX15 3FJ)

They are an Ofsted registered childcare Forest School run by two former teachers, Gemma & Lewis. They run according to true forest school principles, giving children connection to nature, freedom in their play and confidence in their skills. Activities can include bushcraft skills, campfire cooking, arts and crafts, drama, group games and much more - all following children's interests and own choices. To find out more and join the waiting list, click here to visit their website.


The 2 Minute Foundation Beach Sessions

**Coming soon** Bringing the Beach School to you 

With the lockdown situation, Beach School sessions have currently paused. Therefore, they have decided to bring the beach online instead! Introducing the launch of The 2 Minute Virtual Beach School.

Within the next 2 weeks, they will bring you the first of a series of environmental lessons, and from there lessons will be available weekly. These lessons will include downloadable activities and a video to be used as a teaching resource. The sessions will come with an accompanying brief to make your Beach School experience as fun, straightforward and informative as possible.

Keep your eyes peeled for a live Q&A broadcast straight from the beach too! 
If you have any questions, would like to know more or would simply like to get in touch you can email Helen here  

Action for Stammering Children Interactive Website

Action for Stammering Children have just launched a new interactive website with info, fun facts and games all to do with famous people who stammered! (Stormzy, Winston Churchill, Ed Sheeran and many more....)

The new site, created by the Action for Stammering Children Youth Panel, can be accessed here 

Hakeford Woods Forest School

Hakeford Woods Forest School is a social enterprise based at a beautiful woodland site only ten minutes from Barnstaple. The Forest School run a group for home educated children on Fridays from 10:30 til 14:00. The possibilities for activities are endless because they have a permanent Forest School site.

The activities that take place in an individual session will be determined by the season and the weather, as well as by the age and abilities of the young people.

Click here to access the website in order to find out more about Forest School and how to contact them. 

Dyspraxia Foundation Youth Cookbook 

Free Download

A selection of favourites from both youth and young adults with dyspraxia for you to try at home. The book has featured recipes, hints and tips for baking and cooking and is introduced by the Masterchef winner from 2019 – Irini Tzortzoglou.

Click here to download a copy  

Beach Schools South West

Beach Schools South West (BSSW) can offer families beach school opportunities on a short or long term basis. It can become timetabled into your educational programme, or it can just be a one-off half day in the week or holidays. BSSW are a community interest company dedicated to outdoor learning for children wherever they are, but particularly by the sea.

They are passionate about getting children outside and work with schools and parents to take lessons out of the classroom and onto the shoreline.

Click here for more information 

CSW Group offer to current Year 11 students

CSW Group are able to support Young People in Year 11 if they have an EHCP or are at risk of becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training).

CSW support these young people by providing impartial information, advice and guidance to help them understand their post 16 options and make informed decisions.

If you would like to refer a young person please email David Roe 

Petroc College Free Courses

There are lots of Level 2 courses available free of charge, including:

Awareness of Mental Health Problems
Children and Young People Mental Health
Understanding Autism
Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
Understanding Nutrition and Health
Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

And many more.

Find out more and register for a course, click here

TLC Live - Online Tutoring Experts

Whether you’re a teacher, parent or guardian TLC LIVE is a cost effective way of providing high quality, measurable support for children aged 6 to 16.  Lessons are focused and tailored to your child’s needs and skill gaps. 

Click here for the website and more information.

Forestry English have a FREE Beginner's Guide to Stargazing

In the forest at night in a whole new light! Written in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine and packed with fantastic activities for all the family, get your hands on this free guide to learn about constellations, try star navigation, play night-games and become a Forest-Star.


On the Edge

Free downloads, activities and stories based around colourful characters of animals which are on the edge of extinction:

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