Remote Learning Tips

Tips for effective remote learning

  • Try to establish a routine, making sure your child gets plenty of sleep.
  • You know them best- it may suit them to split work up into shorter tasks or vary the different types of activity.
  • Encourage them to take screen breaks and make time to be active – see physical activity resources for secondary school children to do at home.
  • Try different ways of working, not just using digital devices, for example; use books, textbooks or complete some work by hand – write a diary, a summary of things they have learned each day, or ‘to do’ lists.
  • It may be difficult to keep your child motivated or for them to complete all their work. Do your best to support them and if they’re having problems, encourage them to communicate with their teachers to ask for help.
  • Try to create a working environment away from distraction.
  • If you can, get them to stop using digital devices at least an hour before bed.
  • Your child may be missing socialising with others at school. Let them to their friends and family members through phone or video calls. Find advice on keeping them safe online and advice from the NSPCC about gaming if they’re socialising through online games.
  • Set age-appropriate parental controls on any devices they use and ask them to tell you if they see anything worrying online. Find advice on keeping them safe online and talk to your child about online safety
  • Agree what they should try to achieve each day and each week. Try to help them balance any deadlines for when work has to be handed in.
  • Ask them about what they’ve learned, or try a quiz from BBC Bitesize.
  • Praise or reward them when they do well.
  • Make some time for practical activities, such as arts and crafts, exercise or helping with cooking.
  • Make time each day for them to read things that interest them, not just the reading they have to do for school. This could be books or articles, fiction or non-fiction. Talk to them about what they’re reading to encourage their curiosity.

Learning Resources

BBC Bitesize 

Oak National Academy 

StarLine: Supporting Parents with Home Learning

Using an Xbox or PlayStation to access Google Classroom


  1. Identify the PlayStation internet browser icon (WWW with dots around it)
  2. Press the PlayStation logo on the controller.
  3. Go to the library and find options for games and applications.
  4. Go to applications and you will find the internet browser.
  5. Navigate to your online learning platform and log in as usual.


You will need a keyboard for this.

  1. Plug a keyboard into the Xbox USB slot.
  2. Go to my games and apps.
  3. Find and select Microsoft Edge.
  4. To access Google Classroom, type into the URL bar at the top and log in as you would on a PC using your school account.

Both consoles have keyboard and mouse support. In some cases, you might not be able to do everything you can on a laptop or PC, but you can, at the very least, access Google Classroom and see what work your teacher has assigned for you to do.