During these strange times, it is likely that there has been, and will continue to be, extended periods where your child will need to take a break from attending school and continue their learning successfully from home. We know that this can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for parents but, don't worry, we are here to help! From the start of school closures in March 2020, we have been working hard to increase our support for parents and students at home.
Here's how we can help your child keep learning at home...
Our EdPlace student account has been specifically designed to track and respond to the individual needs of your child. So if your child starts to complete more work, the number of activities recommended to them on EdPlace will automatically increase accordingly, without any input or pressure on you. These recommendations will be tailored to what your child should be covering at school, but also their own personal areas of strength and weakness, so that you can rest assured they are progressing their skills and understanding at home. If you would like to learn more about how our recommendations system works, please click here.
Visibility on your child's progress and needs
Alongside our smart recommendations, we provide clear visibility to you on how your child is progressing and where they may need more support. You can then choose to assign additional work to them, based on this feedback or advice from school. When your child returns to school, you can easily share their progress data with their teacher so they know what has been achieved at home. If you would like to learn more about how we track your child's progress and share this with you, please click here.
From the start of the national lockdown period, we increased our advice offering and introduced a weekly lesson for each Key Stage in English, maths and science. These lessons have been written by teachers and presented as video tutorials from their homes, tackling the well-known problem areas which children often struggle with. In the written articles which accompany each video, our teachers break topics into five steps, model questions and explain key teaching tips, with the aim of empowering you to support your child’s learning at home. Your child can then independently practise their new skills in relevant activities on our website or apps. You can access all our at-home resources by visiting: https://www.edplace.com/blog/tag/homeschooling/.
Scroll down on this page and you will notice a selection of coloured boxes. Each of these will link to a specific at-home activity or lesson. Click on a coloured box with a title that interests you. You can now view the lesson along with the video. Below the video, there will be a list of related activities. Click on any of these activities to assign them to your child's account and, there you have it, happy home learning!
In response to the unprecedented break in schooling most children have experienced, we have created a range of dynamic catch-up assessments designed to bridge the gap between home and school. The range of 30 assessments (one for each year and subject) focus on the learning that should have been acquired in the past academic year during school lockdowns, identifying areas where your child's strengths and weaknesses lie. Following a detailed report, catch-up activities from our library can be assigned to complete and fill any gaps. The assessment can then be re-taken after a few weeks or half a term to check that your child has caught up on any missing learning. The reporting criteria will remain the same but the assessment itself pulls randomly from question banks so that you can really have confidence in the results. To find out more about our catch-up assessments, please click here.
We hope that this article has given you the advice you need to use EdPlace at home to support your child to keep learning during any breaks in their school attendance. If you have any questions about our home learning support or you need any other help at all, please contact our friendly Customer Support Team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.