The nation’s schools have shut, meaning countless little ones and tons of teens will be hitting the books at home – with the help of parents and carers. Not sure where, or how, to begin? Check out our top tips and let the lessons commence!


Decide on whereabouts in your home you want all the studying and revising action to take place. Ideally, somewhere bright and airy, with a table and chairs.

Children and young people work best in calm and quiet environments, away from technology and noisy distractions, so try to stay away from spaces such as the kitchen counter or the sofa!


Plan out your weekdays in the form of a new timetable. Following a daily routine creates a sense of familiarly and normality for everyone involved and helps young ones focus, too.

Try to mimic a typical ‘school day’ by sticking to a couple of hour-long lessons per day, with breaks in between for lunch and ‘free time’.


Keep things interesting by thinking outside the box when it comes to subjects.

Weighing out ingredients when baking, counting how many books are on the family bookshelf, creating your own spelling and grammar quizzes, for example, all count as ‘learning’ and help young ones develop and pick up new skills.


Take advantage of the growing online learning resources available.

A quick search on Google will present you with tons of safe, up-to-date and interactive websites and apps that provide free materials to help kids continue with their studies.

Many local schools are also providing online classes, so it’s worth checking in with your local authorities and asking how they can help.


Try to end each day with a spot of bedtime reading. Not only is reading incredibly beneficial from an educational point of view, it can also have a huge positive effect on children’s mental

A good book has the power to transport young and worried minds to a happier place, so encourage yours to dig out their favourites!

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