Alresford Primary School

Headteacher: Sarah Dukelow

Ford Lane, Colchester, Essex CO7 8AU

01206 822731

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. 


The Skills Toolkit can be accessed here:

What parents can do: 

Here are links to a website and Facebook page that have been created by four Essex headteachers to help families support their children at home.


The website is called


And the Facebook page is:  I'm at home with the kids. Get me out of here.

National Home Learning Support Helpline for Parents

A national parent helpline has been set up, known as StarLine, and backed by the new virtual Oak Academy, as well as Star Academies, the Confederation of School Trusts, Triple P UK and a number of academy trusts. It is also staffed by Ofsted inspectors who have been redeployed alongside teachers to provide advice about home learning to parents. The helpline is designed to help parents and carers create regular routines and study habits, offering practical steps to take and access to resources, such as support with a specific topic or advice on how to structure the day, deal with difficult behaviour or manage the learning of several children.
StarLine is open six days a week and covers all areas of the curriculum across all phases of education. The number to call is 0330 313 9162 (calls charged at local rate).

Please check out the brand new Active Essex "Keep Essex Active" Youtube channel - launched today!  This channel features local, trusted instructors who have tailored routines for all audiences from family to over 65's workouts.  A live timetable is accessible all week online - so you can plan your week's worth of activity... - this link will take you Active Essex where you can find the timetable and the link to the videos.

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