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Covid-19 guidance and resources from SVS (Surrey Virtual School)


Official guidance during the coronavirus



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Resources for home learning

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize has published a selection of resources, activities and support to help parents supporting children with SEND.

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Competition results!

Thank you for taking part in our ‘#lockdown kids quiz, kindly created by Mr. Bradwell.

  1. Mike and Seb - 28417 (20 out of 25)
  2. Abigail A - 28327 (20 out of 25)
  3. Aa and Alison - 28323 (20 out of 25)

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Youth Work Support

Youth Work Support is a strand of the National Youth Agency which have created some great resources for young people to use during Covid.

The resources cover a range of areas including skills and careers support, activities and a workbook to help manage anger and frustration at home (particularly through lockdown).

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European Connect

An 8-week mentoring programme, linking students from across the UK and Europe. This is an excellent opportunity which provides access to a University of Surrey Mentor, weekly webinars and the chance to develop a research project with their group.
European Connect is for students in years 10, 11, 12 and 13. Priority will be given to students who meet our Widening Participation Criteria

Deadline to sign up is 1/5/20!

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Free online home education

Download this list compiled by home educators of things you can do with your kids at home (PDF).

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Home learning and support resources

The Surrey Local Offer website has a list of resources and guidance around home learning and support available. It also lists mental health resources and advice around SEND.

Check the BBC website for details of the daily programmes to help parents and children with schoolwork at home during the lockdown.

And Network Rail also has a selection of educational resources for children.

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Competition time!

Test your observation and memory skills.

Who can get the highest score to win a prize?

Please use the child’s/young persons nickname or initials along with carers/guardians/parents name so we know who to contact to announce the winner.

Competition ends this Friday, good luck everyone!

Take the SVS lockdown quiz

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Libraries from home for children and young people

Check out Surrey Library Service's page, which is full of links to fun and educational activities for children and young people – all possible from home.

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Our tips for making home education work

Download our guide (PDF) to making this unique situation work for children and for you.

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Education guidance and guidance for looked-after children and care leavers

Online learning platform to boost workplace skills launched

Free courses are available through the new online platform, the Skills Toolkit. This platform signposts to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help people build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects and confidence whilst at home.

Courses on offer cover a range of levels, from everyday maths and the use of email and social media at work to more advanced training. All courses are available online and are flexible so that people can work through them at their own pace.

Access the Skills Toolkit

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How to support young people who don’t seem to care about staying in and staying safe

Dr Helen Kirkaldie, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, has written a blog post on keeping young people safe when they don’t want to stay in. This is just one person's view, but is an interesting read.

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Need support and advice?

To all foster carers, adoptive parents, residential placement workers, previously looked-after children and looked-after children:

SVS (Surrey Virtual School) is here to help, advise and answer your questions on learning and study.

Please contact our team:

  • Email:
  • Call: 0208 541 7761

Other contacts

  • Glinys Weller - Key Stage 4 / 5 –
  • Helen Hale – EYFS/Key Stage 1 –
  • Stacey McCabe- Key Stage 2/3 -
  • Anna Maclean – Key Stage 5 –

1:1 Coaching available for care leavers

Care leaver or care experienced? Looking for support, coaching, information, advice and guidance (IAG)?

Book 1:1 coaching with Career Matters (eventbrite)

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Coronavirus updates for non-English speakers, and links for children

We want to ensure that the guidelines around COVID-19 are reaching all of our young people.

A range of leaflets including the Prime Minister’s speech on 23 March 2020 have been translated into a variety of languages and can be accessed via Big Leaf below.

This also includes an audio option where required. Additional languages will continue to be added.

For more information (and new translations being added), visit the Big Leaf Foundation website.

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Explaining the coronavirus to children

Download a child-friendly explanation of the coronavirus (PDF).

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Translated guidance for coronavirus self-isolation and social distancing

The government has translated the guidance for self-isolation and social distancing into the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Polish
  • Welsh