Guidance from the Department for Education for online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home during the COVID-19.

Details The Dfe have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

The list includes subject-specific resources for:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • PE
  • Wellbeing
  • Special educational needs and disability (SEND)

They are currently being offered for free. Individual resources cannot replace a school’s properly planned curriculum, and the resources in this list are not intended to do so. They may be useful for parents in considering how they could support their children’s education, but they should not be used in place of existing resources which schools may be using as part of their continued provision for pupils’ education at this time.

Schools may also wish to explore this initial list of resources as they consider how they continue to support children’s education.

This list of resources is not exhaustive and there are many other resources available to schools. We want to signpost to a broad range of high quality resources for teachers and parents. This list will be updated shortly to reflect recent applications from suppliers.


English: Secondary - This initial list of English resources is based on recommendations from English Hub schools and trusted teachers. Reading, especially for primary age children, is critical to their educational development and something that families can do together. Some publishers are making their catalogues available for free. Schools should check what is available for the books used in their schools.


Maths: SecondaryThis initial list of maths resources is based on recommendations from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and maths teachers.  Some maths publishers are now making their offers to schools free or providing free trials. Schools already using a trusted or familiar maths package should continue to do so.

Science: Secondary - This initial list of science resources is supported by learned societies, including:

  • the Association for Science Education (ASE)
  • The Royal Society
  • the Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
  • the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • the Institute of Physics (IOP)

These resources link closely to the national curriculum, however there are many other resources supporting enrichment and practical activities available on the societies’ websites and elsewhere.


Physical Education (PE) and Physical Activity: Secondary - This initial list of physical education (PE) and physical activity resources is based on recommendations from:

  • the Association for Physical Education (afPE)
  • Public Health England (PHE)
  • Sport England
  • the Yorkshire Sport Foundation (YSF)

These resources will help young people to get the daily 60 minutes of activity recommended by the UK Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in fun ways.  All the resources listed here are for activities designed to be carried out indoors or, if available, a garden.  Children and young people can go outside for one form of exercise a day, such as:

  • a walk with members of their household
  • a run with members of their household
  • a cycle with members of their household

Outdoor exercise should be carried out locally.  Children and young people should always follow the latest official advice on social distancing, which means making sure that they and their parent or carer stay more than 2 metres from others (including friends and other family members).


Mental Wellbeing: Secondary - This initial list of mental wellbeing resources is based on the recommendations of trusted partners.  It is designed to provide guidance on how to support the wellbeing of children and young people being educated remotely.  Many organisations already working with schools will be able to provide remote support, and schools are encouraged to discuss what ongoing support might be available during this time.


Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) - This initial list of SEND resources has been developed with a focus on accessibility and inclusivity and is based on the recommendations of:

  • trusted organisations
  • charities
  • multi-academy trusts
  • special education headteachers

We encourage parents, teachers and schools to explore beyond this list to identify what support is best for their children and pupils with SEND.

SEND: apps and games - (Apps must be downloaded onto a compatible device)

SEND: Resources for teachers


Other Resources - There are other resources available. BESA’s LendEd website and the EdTech Impact website, for example, include varied resources that teachers already use and rate within the websites.

These have not been verified by DfE’s educational experts but we have included them on the list because they also cover other areas of the curriculum that are not covered above.