COVID 19 – resources and information

We will be regularly updating this page of resources and information.

We are working with RNIB and NatSIP ( and other sensory impairment charities to support you during the Covid 19 crisis.

Help from RNIB CYPF Education team

RNIB plans to publish regular online guidance for parents and professionals in response to the crisis, with resources and ideas for families and updates on how schools and services are operating to support children with VI. This will be coming soon at Please do use this link yourselves and pass to families you work with if you think it will be useful.

It may be that they can best help by sharing information about how services are operating, what resources and support is available to the professional community and how children with VI and their families can access support and guidance from statutory and voluntary sector services.

The CYPF Education team is available as usual to support you with advice and information, telephone 0303 123 9999 or email with the title  “How we can help you” if you have ideas to share or concerns that you would like them to address in their regular guidance and online sessions for both for parents and professionals.

Information on school closures

VI specific information will be available soon, but in the meantime please note that VIEW and RNIB are in agreement with the main principles in the following NDCS information:

Coping with School Closures During COVID-19 – ideas and resources compiled by Paths to Literacy

Home learning resources

Some of the resources shared are not specific to vision impairment, but many can be adapted. Suggestions from colleagues in the field will be very helpful! Please email

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Accessible home learning with RNIB Bookshare Using RNIB Bookshare at home will allow learners to be independent or supported by a parent in their home learning and able to access the resources they need in a format they can read. Please make sure you add your learners (! If you have any difficulties accessing accounts, you can contact or call on tel0300 303 8313.

Positive Eye has compiled a page of resources to provide families with some fun ideas, activities and inspiration during the periods of time spent at home during the months of the COVID19 Epidemic.

Positive Eye’s Creative Idea Machine Online Classes

The VICTA Parent Network – support network for parents.

Teach CVI website – use the far right tab on the home page menu for lots of CVI related resources!

Support from LOOK UK for parents

LOOK – Free Find Your Calm Wellbeing Workshop Series for Visually Impaired young adults ages 18-35.

Doorway Online is a collection of free and highly accessible educational games that learners will find easy to use independently.

Accessibyte – Accessibyte are offering free access to its apps for blind, low vision, deaf and reading impaired students

Paths to Literacy – Pinterest Board

Meet Me Accessibly – a guide to Zoom Cloud Meetings from a blindness perspective

ObjectiveEd Offers Free Distance Learning for Students with Visual Impairments

Audio Exercise and meditation programmes from Metro Blind Sport

About the coronvirus

The BBC Newsround site has a comprehensive section on coronavirus with text and video guidance focusing on tips if a child is worried, how to wash your hands, and what self-isolation means.

Mencap easy read information sheet about coronavirus. This would be particularly useful for children, young people or adults whose understanding is improved when information is given in bitesize chunks.

Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus – A book for young children to relieve fears about coronavirus. From Nurse Dotty Books

Children’s stories about COVID19

General learning resources

100 Challenge Ideas for Home Learners home learning ideas and activities

Oxford Owl free ebook library as well as Biff, Chip and Kipper and Winnie the Witch, you’ll find non-fiction eBooks

Music Therapy Resources for home activities

Twinkl – free access to Twinkl resources for primary and secondary ages. Use the code: CVDTWINKLHELPS

HelpKidzLearn wants to ensure that teachers and students stay connected and children continue their learning at home with minimum disruption. Website includes free access to games, many suitable for children with additional needs.

BBC Teach Live Lessons for primary schools – Fun and interactive curriculum linked programmes for your classroom

BBC Teach Live Lessons for secondary schools – Fun and interactive curriculum linked programmes for your classroom

Lockdown: the best free online experiences to stave off boredom – from the Guardian – includes links to free theatre, free exercises, free art exhibitions, free language lessons, and free maths lessons

Chatter Pack – home learning resources for schools and families

Inclusive Teach – Free resources from Joe White, Assistant Headteacher of Broadstairs Special School

Sensory and messy play activities for children with additional needs

Busy Things Help children learn through play with Busy Things. Fun educational games for kids aged 3–11 on a huge range of subjects.

Music apps and interactive resources

BorrowBooks App – free eBooks and eAudiobooks .

Mumsnet round up of online learning resources

Scholastic learn at home Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video.

Parliament UK – online learning resources

Audible – For as long as schools are closed, instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages.

Khan Academy – good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material

BBC Learning – this site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Futurelearn – Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account)

Seneca – For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Openlearn – free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Blockly Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch – Creative computer programming

Ted Ed – All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids for primary children

Duolingo Learn languages for free

Mystery Science Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course – You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards – Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges – free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad – all kinds of making

Cbeebies Radio listening activities for the younger ones.

Big History Project -Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games – Geography gaming!

Zero to Three – at home activity guide for young children

Zero to Three – five tips for making the most of video chats to family and friends with young children

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