We will be regularly updating this page of resources and information.
We are working with RNIB and NatSIP (www.natsip.org.uk/) 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 www.rnib.org.uk/children. 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 email@example.com 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:
- https://www.ndcs.org.uk/blog/coronavirus-and-support-for-deaf-children-information-for-professionals/ – frequently updated information around school closures, and children with EHC plans/statements.
- https://www.ndcs.org.uk/blog/coronavirus-and-support-for-deaf-children-information-for-families/ – information for parents
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (https://www.rnibbookshare.org/cms/help-center/how-do-i-add-members)! If you have any difficulties accessing accounts, you can contact email@example.com 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.
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!
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
“Meet Me Accessibly“ – a guide to Zoom Cloud Meetings from a blindness perspective
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
General learning resources
100 Challenge Ideas for Home Learners – home learning ideas and 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
Busy Things Help children learn through play with Busy Things. Fun educational games for kids aged 3–11 on a huge range of subjects.
BorrowBooks App – free eBooks and eAudiobooks .
Scholastic learn at home Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video.
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
- WHO guidance to support mental health during this time
- Coronavirus – supporting education staff – from education support
- MIND coronavirus and your wellbeing
- COVID-19 UK Mutual Aid groups – A list of support groups across the UK
- UNICEF – six ways parents can support their children through the coronavirus
- Make a self soothe box
- The YoungMinds UK advice on what to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus might be more useful for teens and young adults. The main focus is on self-care and they provide further information about how young people can look after their mental health if self-isolating. YoungMinds Crisis Messenger – Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
- Cruse Bereavement Care – free confidential support for adults and children. Phone: 0844 477 9400 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
- Childline – Comforts, advises and protects children 24 hours a day and offers free confidential counselling. Phone 0800 1111 (24 hours)
- Chat 1-2-1 with a counsellor online
- The Mix – Information, support and listening for people under 25. Phone 0808 808 4994 (24 hours). Get support online
- Samaritans. 24 hour confidential listening and support for anyone who needs it. (Adults included.) firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone 116 123 (24 hours)