Free homeschool programme for parents affected by COVID-19 – Cardiff Metropolitan University

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Students from Cardiff Met’s School of Education and Social Policy have come together to create a free homeschool programme for parents affected by the recent Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Around 30 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students have devised a weekly programme of activities designed for Key Stage 3 (KS3) learners, delivered through Microsoft’s Teams and OneNote programmes. From English to Physics, learners have the opportunity to conduct experiments using household items as well as a range of weekly activities that can be done with parents.

Designed as an alternative learning experience, the programme also includes advice on how to make healthy eating choices at home and keep active during the current government restrictions.

Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy, Julia Longville said: “I’m so proud of the initiative shown by this group of students. In these unprecedented times, when our traditional programme has been suspended, it is humbling to see this drive and passion to continue to educate. Teachers are often credited with inspiring us, and this is well and truly an inspiration for us all!”

PGCE student and initiator of the project Nathan Jones, said: “When we were told that our placements would end prematurely because of Covid-19, I felt that I could do something to help. I appealed to friends and peers with a view of creating some tools for homeschooling. We’re now up to 30 of my fellow students helping to put together a programme that I hope will help parents through this difficult time.”

For more information on joining the programme, please contact Nathan Jones.

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