The 2 Johns

COVID - 19 

(previously school closure page)

 Help & Advice

With schools now due to open in September we thought it would still be useful to keep some resources and useful links on our website.

Returning to School

From next week, schools in Scotland will reopen for all students, with the rest of the UK reopening in late August and early September. But this won’t be school as the children know it.

As quickly as they were thrust into the isolation of lockdown, suddenly students will be dealing with new school rules, routines and expectations.

For many, these changes will inevitably create anxiety, especially given the ongoing threat of COVID-19 and the talk of further lockdowns.

The government has issued  guidelines, for schools, but to make the return to school a little easier for you, here is Parentinfo guide to what to expect.

Online Safety

Quarantine memes and challenges
Parentzone have handpicked some of the favourite lockdown memes and challenges to explain what it’s all about.

Fact or Fake news

There are so many stories and pieces of information flying around on the internet that it can be hard to know what’s real and what’s fake. Try these lessons from BBC Bitesize.

County Lines

School closures have left vulnerable children who would ordinarily be supported in the day at greater risk of exploitation by criminal gangs in 'county lines' operations. Here’s what you need to know about the subject.

ParentZone have pulled together this extensive list of Parent Zone-approved activities that you can enjoy with your kids. And better still, some of them will even keep them safely occupied while you try to get some work done.

CEOP have produced help sheets & home activity packs to help you during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. 

How to look after your family's mental health when you are stuck indoors.

Here are lots of useful resources and tools that you as a parent or carer can use to help ensure your child is safe and happy online.

As young people will soon start spending more time online, Childnet have created some quick activities which looks at screen time and how you can help create a healthy balance.

BBC are here to help you be the boss of your online life. Whatever you need – help and advice, skills, inspiration - they've got it covered.


Online resources and advice to support families

To help families adjusting to a “new normal” following the measures taken to stop the spread of coronavirus, Internet have created this dedicated space to provide expert advice, resources and tools to make the best use of tech.

14 fantastic YouTube channels for children

YouTube can be a great source of education and entertainment – and with many of us currently stuck indoors for large parts of the day, that makes it a fantastic tool for keeping children occupied.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers

Whether you're working from home with your kids for the first time or supporting children with anxiety due to coronavirus, NSPCC have got tips and advice for you.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - staying safe online

Guidance on what you can do to stay safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Video Conferencing for Children: Safeguarding and Privacy Overview

Here you’ll find information about the most popular video conference services put together by UK Safer Internet Centre partners at SWGfL. They’ve collected and compiled some of the technical and policy details published by each of the services so you can more easily see which of these are the most suitable for you.

Learn at Home with YouTube

A resource for families with children of different ages and areas of interest.

As schools around the world close their buildings and families find themselves at home, Youtube want to ensure that learning together continues. So they've partnering with learning creators to bring parents & families resources and activities. 


The Maths Factor created by Carol Voderman will be making their resources FREE for everyone (usually about £2 per week) to support childrens’ continued learning at home for the duration of the UK Schools closure period. 


Starting Monday 23rd March Joe Wicks will be hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on his YouTube channel.

With the schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it's more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive.


Storytime with David Walliams -Free story everyday at 11am


For as long as schools are closed, Audible are open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Help your young child learn to read, and love to read, with Oxford Owl Book library, containing over 100 free eBooks. The eBooks have been developed for children aged 3–11, to teach them to read using phonics.

Learning resources


Twinkl have not only created home learning and school closure packs, but have also introduced an offer for all of them to be completely free. Whether you're a teacher, parent or home educator Twinkl have put together a simple, step-by-step guide about this offer of help, for you to use. This guide is not designed to override or replace any official guidance, but is intended to advise on using the Twinkl website during this period.


Phonics Play have decided to make their resources free during this period.

Children can use the site at home without their parents needing to subscribe. To access the resources all you need to do is log on using the following details.

Virtual field trips

Some great virtual field trips.

BBC Bitesize

Use BBC Bitesize to help with your homework, revision and learning. Find free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes by level and subject.

Free Online Courses 

FutureLearn Schools offers free access to hundreds of online educational courses for school students aged 13+, to continue and expand their learning