For those of the TES Community who are required to self-isolate to share experiences, tips, ideas and mutual support. There will be many members of our TES community who will soon be in self-isolation, if there are not already doing so. I trust others of the community will respect the intentions of this thread and keep it free of political content. Mental health So, to start, some guidance from the mental health charity Mind. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/ Out of school education School closures will happen, maybe as early as this week. So, for any parents worrying about how to continue with their children's education, here are some free online education resources. (Please be assured i have no vested interest in any of them). Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org Especially 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 BBC Learning http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/ This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.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 https://www.futurelearn.com 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 https://www.senecalearning.com For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material. Openlearn https://www.open.edu/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 https://blockly.games Learn computer programming skills - fun and free. Scratch https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/ Creative computer programming Ted Ed https://ed.ted.com All sorts of engaging educational videos National Geographic Kids https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ Activities and quizzes for younger kids. Duolingo https://www.duolingo.com Learn languages for free. Web or app. Mystery Science https://mysteryscience.com Free science lessons The Kids Should See This https://thekidshouldseethis.com Wide range of cool educational videos Crash Course https://thecrashcourse.com You Tube videos on many subjects Crash Course Kids https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids As above for a younger audience Crest Awards https://www.crestawards.org Science awards you can complete from home. iDEA Awards https://idea.org.uk Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online. Paw Print Badges https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional. Tinkercad https://www.tinkercad.com All kinds of making. Prodigy Maths https://www.prodigygame.com Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age. Cbeebies Radio https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio Listening activities for the younger ones. Nature Detectives https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/ A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location! British Council https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find Resources for English language learning Oxford Owl for Home https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ Lots of free resources for Primary age Big History Project https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities. Geography Games https://world-geography-games.com/world.html Geography gaming! Blue Peter Badges https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges If you have a stamp and a nearby post box. The Artful Parent https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/ Good, free art activities Red Ted Art https://www.redtedart.com Easy arts and crafts for little ones The Imagination Tree https://theimaginationtree.com Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest. Toy Theater https://toytheater.com/ Educational online games DK Find Out https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/?fbclid=IwAR2wJdpSJSeITf4do6aPhff8A3tAktnmpaxqZbkgudD49l71ep8-sjXmrac Activities and quizzes ****** https://www.******.co.uk This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures. Local support groups There are a number of regional support groups who may be able to shop for you, collect prescriptions, etc. The following is not a definitive list but includes all the organisation's of which my local group is aware. London: Battersea Covid-19 Mutual Aid Lewisham Covid 19 Mutual Aid Hackney Covid 19 Mutual Aid Waltham Forest Covid 19 Mutual Aid Newham Covid-19 Community Support Tower Hamlets Covid19 Community Support Southwark Mutual Aid Covid 19 Islington COVID 19 Mutual Aid Lambeth Covid 19 Mutual Aid Ealing Covid-19 Mutual Aid Brent Covid 19 Mutual Aid Haringey Covid-19 Mutual Aid Havering Covid 19 Mutual Aid Greenwich Covid 19 Mutual Aid Barnet COVID-19 Mutual Aid Kensington COVID- 19 Mutual Aid (link to WhatsApp chat) City of London Covid 19 Mutual Aid Hounslow Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group Camden COVID-19 Mutual Aid Volunteer childcare for Healthcare staff during school closures – Covid-19 Biggin Hill – Self-isolating Assistance Twickenham & Richmond Covid 19 Mutual Aid London Borough of Enfield Covid-19 Mutual Aid Redbridge Covid 19 Mutual Aid Stroud Green Covid 19 WhatsApp group Norwood Junction Covid 19 Mutual Aid Harrow Covid-19 Community Support Surbiton Coronavirus Community Response Group (CCRG) Merton Covid-19 Mutual Aid Putney Coronavirus Community Support Group Newham Covid 19 Solidarity Group: 07496602149 New Malden Covid 19 mutual aid Swiss Cottage COVID-19 WhatsApp group Northolt COVID-19 Mutual Aid Bristol: Bristol Community Care (via Bristol Mutual Aid) Loughborogh: Loughborogh Solidarity Lincoln: Lincoln Covid-19 mutual aid Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle upon Tyne Covid 19 Mutual Aid Arthurs’ Hill Covid 19 Mutual Aid Byker Corvid-19 Mutual Aid Benwell and Scotswood Covid 19 Mutual Aid Group Gosforth Covid19 Mutual Aid Elswick Covid 19 Mutual Aid Group Heaton: Help Self-Isolators Kenton Corona Help Monument (City Centre) – Covid 19 mutual aid Jesmond COVID-19 Mutual Aid West Fenham Covid-19 Mutual Aid Blakelaw Covid 19 Mutual Aid Cambridgeshire: Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Mutual Aid Birmingham: Cooperation Birmingham COVID- 19 Mutual Aid Birmingham Community Solidarity: Coronavirus Response Solihull/Shirley/Chelmsley Wood COVID-19 Mutual aid group Southampton: Southampton Coronavirus Mutual Aid Group Liverpool: Liverpool Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group Sheffield: Sheffield Mutual Aid Molesey, Surrey: Molesey Coronavirus Support Group Oxford: Oxford Covid-19 Mutual Aid Essex: Canvey Corona Virus Support Poole: Poole Covid 19 Community Support Group Brighton: Brighton Covid 19 Mutual Aid Edinburgh: Coronavirus Volunteering Edinburgh Holtspur: Holtspur Community Mutual Aid Hertfordshire: Herts Covid-19 Mutal Aid Group Crowland, Lincolnshire: Crowland Corona Assist North Lincolnshire: North Lincolnshire Covid-19 Community Aid Coventry: Coventry Covid-19 Mutual Aid Greater Manchester: Clifford (Old Trafford) Neighbourhood Aid Blackley v COVID Greater Manchester Mutual Aid Network Woodley Stockport COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group Bury Mutual Aid Group Bramhall North Residents Covid -19 Community Outreach Heatons Covid-19 virus – self isolation neighbourhood outreach Corona Solidarity Levenshulme Hazel Grove Mutual Aid Whalley Range COVID-19 mutual support group Stockport COVID-19 Support Gatley Community Help Group Marple Covid19 Mutual Aid Group Marple Essentials Help Offerton & Great Moor COVID-19 community group Reddish Covid-19 virus – self isolation neighbourhood outreach Durham: County Durham Covid-19 Mutual Aid North Tyneside: North Tyneside Covid 19 Mutual Aid Dartford: Covid 19 mutual aid group Dartford Dundee: Dundee COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group Derby: Derby COVID-19 Mutual Aid Highworth: Highworth Covid 19 Mutual Aid Swindon: Swindon Mutual Aid Nottingham: Nottingham Coronavirus Mutual Aid Beeston Chilwell Area Mutual Aid Group Glagow: Glagow Mutual Aid Group Northumberland: Isolation help Northumberland Chester: Chester Covid-19 Support Group Skelmersdale: Skelmersdale Covid-19 Mutual Support Leeds: Leeds Covid-19 Mutual Aid Cardiff: Cardiff Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group Northampton: Northampton Covid-19 Mutual Aid Ruddington: Ruddington COVID-19 UK Mutual Aid Doncaster: Doncaster Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group Stirling: Stirling’s Towns and Villages Covid-19 help Stirling Pulling Together Worcester: Worcester Coronavirus Mutual Aid Group Reading: Reading Mutual Aid Middlesbrough: Middlesbrough Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group Scarborough: Coronovirus Isolation Support in Scarborough UK (and surrounding areas) Corsham: Corsham Corvid19 Mutual Aid Group Penzance: Covid-19 Mutual Aid Penzance Hastings: HEART – Hastings Emergency Action Response Team Lewes: Lewes Coronavirus Volunteers Devon: Devon COVID-19 Mutual Aid Torbay Help Hub Totnes Help Hub Wolverhampton: Wolverhampton COVID-19 Mutual Aid Barnsley: Barnsley Covid 19 mutual aid network St Helens-Merseyside: St Helens Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group Beaconsfield: Beaconsfield Covid-19 Mutual Aid Forest of Dean: Forest of Dean Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group South Darenth and Horton Kirby: Covid-19 Mutual aid group South Darenth and Horton Kirby Bexley, Kent: Bexley Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group Kent: Kent Covid-19 Mutual Aid Ditton, Kent: Ditton, Kent – Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group Haslingden and Helmshore, Lancs: Haslingden and Helmshore Helping Hands (COVID -19 Support) North Lincolnshire: COVID-19 MUTUAL AID GROUP Goxhill, Barrow, NH & all Ferry Ward villages Blackwood/Oakdale area, South Wales: Mutual aid Oakdale & Blackwood Beverley, , East Riding of Yorkshire: Beverley Community Covid-19 Support Group Hyndburn, inc Huncoat, Read, Simonestone: Hyndburn inc Huncoat, Read, Simonestone COVID19 Mutal Aid 4 the community Portsmouth & Southsea: Helping Hands Portsmouth covid-19 Southport & Formby: Covid-19 Southport & Formby Support Group Willenhall, Borough of Walsall: Willenhall Coronavirus support group Hucknall, Nottinghamshire: Hucknall Community Care – Coronavirus Machynlleth, Wales: Machynlleth Corona Community Response Chichester, West Sussex: Chichester Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK Aberdeen: Aberdeen City Mutual Aid Aberdeenshire: Aberdeenshire Mutual Aid Newcastle under Lyme and North Staffordshire: A Labour of Love Leicestershire: Coronavirus support network Leicestershire Horsham: Horsham covid-19 mutual aid Grimsby and Cleethorpes: Grimsby and Cleethorpes Covid-19 mutual aid Rye, East Sussex: Rye Mutual Aid Group Somersham, Cambridgeshire: Somersham Community Care Claygate/Esher: Claygate/Esher Coronavirus Community Response Group Didsbury, Withington and Burnage: Didsbury, Withington and Burnage COVID-19 Community help Whitworth: Whitworth Covid-19 Community Support Knottingley & Ferrybridge: Covid 19 – Mutual Aid Support Group – Knottingley & Ferrybridge Leicester: Leicester Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group Basingstoke: Covid-19 Mutual Aid Support Basingstoke Finally Above all, try to remain positive.