Subject associations respond to surge in demand for home learning support

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UK Council for Subject Associations launches directory to support educators

Subject associations are experiencing a surge in demand for practical resources to support home learning as schools close to all but the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils and move towards online teaching in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In response, the UK Council for Subject Associations (CfSA) has created a new online directory of organisations to guide parents and education professionals in need of specialist resources and support across all subjects.

Following calls from teachers, parents, and the UK Government, subject associations have tailored hundreds of pupil resources for use by parents as standalone materials while retaining links to wider learning programmes. Some of these were made available via BBC Bitesize and other BBC channels on April 20. Meanwhile, associations are providing advice and support to thousands of schools and other education institutions around the world.

NATRE was quick to provide a series of home learning resources free for all Primary and Secondary schools with further resources made available for NATRE members. www.natre.org.uk/about-natre/free-resources-for-you-and-your-pupils/ These resources have proved invaluable to a great number of teachers supporting pupils to continue learning in difficult circumstances. Lat Blaylock of RE Today and NATRE has been pleased to be able to support the BBC with their provision.

In recognition of the need for better information about the support and resources available to heads, teachers, Governors, Initial Teacher Training providers, newly qualified teachers, and other educationalists, the CfSA has also created a comprehensive directory of members and other organisations.

The directory brings together details of 25 subject associations as well as other organisations ranging from the National Association of Head Teachers to the National Governance Association. It details how each organisation assists practitioners in every subject taught in the classroom and supports provision in schools and lists the type of help and professional resources available and how to access them.

Ben Wood, NATRE Chair and secondary teacher, said

'Subject associations can play such a positive role in the professional life of teachers and schools, and it is so good to see the CfSA promote the work of these membership bodies. NATRE, like many subject associations, provides teaching resources, advice, professional development and networking opportunities, all to support teachers in their classrooms. NATRE also speaks as a representative voice at a national level, ensuring that the thoughts and concerns of teachers of RE are heard.'

Fiona Moss, NATRE CEO and Former primary teacher, said

'We are aware that Subject associations have the expertise to support teachers as they plan home learning to provide the best possible education to children and young people as they continue their learning from home. It is great that the new CFSA directory now provides a one stop shop to find support on home learning. The new directory signposts heads, teachers, ITE students and many others to subject associations who can provide specialist knowledge resources, support, help, a listening ear and lobby key stakeholders such as DFE and OFQUAL. NATRE is proud to be one of those associations.'

Access the new Subject Association Directory here.

A consolidated guide to home schooling resources is available

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