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Free resources: supporting challenge beyond the classroom

Posted By NACE team, 09 April 2020

Organisations across the world have responded to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by sharing free resources to help support schools, students and families. We’ve rounded up a selection of free resources available from our partner organisations – focusing on challenge alongside enjoyment, enrichment and wellbeing.

Oxplore – “Home of Big Questions”

A digital outreach portal developed by the University of Oxford, Oxplore aims to raise aspirations and stimulate intellectual curiosity amongst 11- to 18-year olds. The “Home of Big Questions”, it tackles complex ideas across a wide range of subjects, drawing on the latest Oxford research and promoting interdisciplinary enquiry.

Get started:

  • Watch this short video for an overview of the platform and how it can be used.
  • Download this free activity sheet designed to help students and families get started.
  • Read this blog post for more ideas, including additional resources to print and use at home.
  • Follow Oxplore on Wordpress and Twitter for new Big Questions, live online events and more.

NRICH – “low threshold, high ceiling” maths activities

Based at the University of Cambridge, NRICH provides free “low threshold, high ceiling” maths resources for learners aged 3-19, designed to enrich mathematics teaching and learning through challenging, engaging and meaningful activities.

Get started:

  • Watch this short video for an introduction to NRICH’s “low threshold, high ceiling” approach.
  • Visit NRICH’s maths at home webpage for a selection of maths activities to try at home.
  • Take a look at this overview, article and video for accompanying tips and guidance on using the activities.

Shakespeare’s Globe – free online screenings and resources

The iconic Shakespeare's Globe theatre offers resources and services to support teaching and learning with Shakespeare for all ages. During the current period, the Globe is opening up access to its catalogue of past production recordings through fortnightly releases on YouTube, including introductory talks from the Globe's Head of Higher Education and Research, Professor Farah Karim-Cooper. This year's 90-minute Playing Shakespeare production of Macbeth will be available from 11 May until schools reopen. Schools can also request free access to all Globe Player films, as well as many other educational videos, by contacting Bloomsbury. 

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The Day – daily articles and activities based on current affairs

The Day turns the daily news into lessons designed to get students thinking for themselves and engaging with the world. In response to current demand, it has launched a free daily newsletter for parents and carers supporting students at home. It is also offering free access to articles relating to different aspects of the pandemic, with links across the curriculum – with an added focus on activities to complete at home, both online and away from the screen.

Get started:


Many more organisations are offering free resources to support and engage students across all ages, abilities and areas of interest. For additional ideas and inspiration, take a look at:

Share your own…

What resources, websites or approaches have you found useful in supporting more able learners remotely? Share your recommendations in our online forums.

Tags:  enrichment  free resources  independent learning  lockdown  parents and carers 

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