Learning from home has become easier for parents and teachers of primary school students, with the introduction of guided learning packs in NSW public schools and additional training for teachers.
The guided learning packages are specifically designed for K–6 students and have been developed by a team of curriculum experts and designers to ensure they are easy to navigate for students, parents, and carers.
NSW Nationals Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the packs were helping teachers keep students engaged and connected.
“The packs are easy to use and cover all the essentials for teachers and students,” Ms Mitchell said.
“They include a full week of learning activities with stage-specific video content which includes teacher guidance, open-ended activities and wellbeing checks.
“All subjects within the K-6 curriculum are addressed on a weekly basis and each day begins with a student wellbeing activity, as well as a brain break during the day and additional activities for students who finish the work early.”
The packs are not mandatory but provide a great way for teachers to supplement what is already working for them.
Ms Mitchell said the department was also running new learning from home professional development courses designed using insights from last year and the current learning from home period.
“Teachers are committed to providing the best possible learning from home experience for their students, and thousands of teachers have engaged with the available professional development resources and webinars,” Ms Mitchell said.
“Teachers have told us that the support has been incredibly useful, helping to guide their students while learning from home and providing additional support for parents and carers navigating online systems.
“I know that learning from home can be challenging, and I’m incredibly proud of the work our principals, teachers, school staff and the department are doing to make this period as instructive, engaging, and supportive as possible.”
The Learning from Home Hub is also constantly being updated with great materials for students, teachers, and parents with over 2 million visits last month.