Covid-19: School closures - free maths support, resources and ideas

Craig Barton
March 16, 2020

Hello everyone,

In these troubling, uncertain times I thought it would be a good idea to share links to some ideas and resources that might prove useful in the event of school closures due to covid-19. All of these are 100% free.

Diagnostic Questions / Eedi

You could set some quizzes for your students to practice. These quizzes are automatically marked, and the insights reveal the specific nature of misconceptions your students might have.

To set individual quizzes, a good place to start is the Collections page on Diagnostic Questions. Here are some of my favourite collections, rammed full of lovely quizzes:

Alternatively, you could set up a SOW from any of these collections so your students receive quizzes at regular intervals. Eedi is the place to do this.

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to get your classes set up on the platform. We can set this up for you by emailing [email protected] with a spreadsheet of all of your student’s first name, last name, class name on one spreadsheet. If you would like a template, please click here.

This will enable each child to complete assessments from home on their own devices.

Practice - all year groups

Keep your students’ maths skills sharp with plenty of practice. Or better still, direct your students to practice the areas of weakness you have identified using Diagnostic Questions / Eedi. Here are some of my favourites:

Practice - GCSE only

We don’t know what will happen with this summer’s exams yet, but here are some resources specifically made for GCSE practice

Videos and tutorials

If your students get stuck during their practice, then the following might help:

  • Corbett Maths - clear, concise videos with comprehensive coverage of the entire Key Stage 3 and 4 maths curriculum
  • Seneca - free online tutorials for age groups. All the maths content is here.
  • Khan Academy - an abundance of videos from the US for all ages groups. All the maths content is here.

Remote teaching

The thought of remote teaching via video link might well be daunting for some (it would be for me!). So, should you feel the desire (or need), then the following might be useful:

  • Zoom - a video conferencing tool where you just send a link to all your students and they can hear you and see you and/or your screen. This is free to schools in these troubling times - read more here.
  • Google Classroom - there is a brilliant guide to get you started, and advice on distance learning in general here.
  • Loom - this free screen recording software has also been made free due to the virus. More details here.

I hope that is helpful. And remember, if we can help at all with Diagnostic Questions or Eedi then please email [email protected]

Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

Craig and the Eedi team

Written by
Craig Barton
Head of Education