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What's Happening at Hawker College?
Thursday 2 April 2020

In This Issue:

Important Dates
Hawker College Careers Update
ACT Training Awards
Connect with ANU
ACU COVID-19 Update
UAC Applications Now Open
UCAT Get Exam Ready

Become a Social Media Manager
University Virtual Tours
US - UK Online University Expo
ADF Gap Year
7 Ways to Setup for Online Learning
7 Stay-at-Home Resources
Staying Active at Home


6 April 2020
UAC Educational Access Scheme (EAS) online session 1pm - more info here

9 April 2020
UAC Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) online session 1pm - more info here

27 April 2020
UAC explanation of adjustment factors - online session 1pm - more info here

25 May 2020
ANU Applications close

Hi everyone

It has certainly been an interesting few weeks with the pausing of work experience, vocational learning options and work for some of our ASBA students.  The focus for us right now is ensuring that our students still have the opportunity to explore their interests, and that we continue provide support for career development opportunities. 

Activities in our area will look a little bit different for Term 2 as we continue to move towards remote learning.  We are using this week and next to explore some options for our Hawker College students so please stay tuned for more news  in the coming weeks.  From week 1  next term we will  be back on deck for students to access us via phone or google meet for one on one interviews. Further information about this will be released in Week 1 Term 2. 

We apologise that his edition is a little University heavy – it is that time of the year with both ANU and UAC opening their admission processes!  We have included some resources that we think will be helpful for students in maintaining  good mental health, and  feeling like they can still engage positively in their education and career development.   

We hope that students will continue to monitor our careers google classrooms page – (even if it’s just checking once a week) so that they can stay up to date. 
Chontel Green
Transition and Careers Officer
Robyn Donohoe
Work Experience / ASBA Coordinator  

About the awards

The ACT Training Awards is an annual opportunity to showcase the commitment, innovation and outstanding achievements of all those involved in the ACT vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The awards encompass the opportunity to recognise and reward the success of individuals and organisations in the ACT across 14 categories. Winners in aligned categories will go on to compete for national success at the Australian Training Awards.

We have 8 x Year 12 students that have been nominated by their employers in the Category of “ASBA Student of the Year”  Only 5 x students from across the ACT will go on to be recognised as finalists at the Awards Presentation Evening scheduled for September. 
Ellie Pietrukowski – CERT III Business
Georgia Ugov – CERT II Resources and Infrastructure Work
Nathan Woodward – CERT II Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
Dylan Newell – CERT II Information, Digital Media and Technology
Kira Williams - CERT II Resources and Infrastructure Work
Tara Speldewinde – CERT III Business
Blake Frantz – CERT III Business
Abbie De Josselin – CERT III Sport & Recreation
Please join us in wishing all of these students the best of luck with the nomination process.  Hopefully we will see some of them as finalists!  Stay tuned!  

I've set up a calendar where students will be able to book one-on-one appointments to discuss their direct application or program interests with me. 

Click on the link below to book in. All appointments will be conducted via video conference using Zoom.  Details on joining the virtual meeting room will be sent after each appointment is confirmed.
Book: Student one-on-ones 

Kind regards

Caitlin Wood
Outreach & Engagement Officer
Marketing & Student Recruitment
The Australian National University
M 0417 894 386
CRICOS Provider #00120C  
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COVID-19 Update for schools 

As you will all be very aware, there has been a range of government announcements made in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The university is taking precautionary measures in line with these announcements and has decided to cancel or postpone all non-essential events.

At this stage, the following events have been impacted.

University Experience – events on all campuses have now been postponed to September/October. New dates and more information will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Monthly campus tours – our monthly campus tours have been suspended for April and May.

Your students can register here to receive up-to-date information

ACU Sydney Future Students
ACU Canberra Future Students  
UAC logo

UAC stands for University Admission Centre and is the admission centre for ACT and NSW universities.  On Wednesday 1st April students should have received their UAC pins via their school email address.  Students that did not receive this email should contact UAC directly so that they can get this information.  When applying students must use a personal email address, not school as after graduation they will no longer have access to this email address. 

Please find below the link to the 2020 “ Applying for Uni as a Year 12 Student with UAC” video on YouTube.  This will assist you to navigate and understand the UAC application process.

The contact details for UAC are 1300 275 822 if calling from mobiles and (02) 9752 0200 if calling from a landline.

We ran an online session for all T students on Monday 30th March about the UAC University Application Process which included specific things to be aware of.  On Wednesday 1st April I we ran an online demonstration of the steps required to apply and complete the application.  A copy of these session recordings are available via the Class of 2020 AST Prep Google Classrooms Page for students to view. 

Please note:
All other state admission centres do not open until early August.  Information Sessions about these will be held at the start of Term 3

All students (except international students) that are applying for ANU need to apply directly to them via their Portal not UAC.  Applications for ANU close on 25th May.
UAC Website
UAC Powerpoint
UAC Open Days Key Dates
UAC 2020-2021 Guide
Future Online Sessions (link will be posted on Class of 2020 AST Prep Google Classrooms Page to join)
  • Monday 6th April @ 1pm - detailed explanation of the Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
  • Wednesday 9th April @ 1pm - detailed explanation of the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS)
  • Tuesday 27th April @ 1pm - detailed explanation of adjustment factors  

To help students get exam ready, we've launched the 8 Week Online Challenge - complete weekly tasks, practice exams and be in the chance to win!
image: how to become a social media manager

To access more Job Spotlights for other areas visit

If the link prompts you to enter a school code it is : HAWC19


What do Social Media Managers do?
Social media managers represent companies and are responsible for generating, curating (selecting, organising and presenting information), editing, posting and managing social media posts and content.

If you have a great understanding of lots of different social media platforms, you love learning new things and finding out what makes people tick, then this could be a challenging and rewarding career for you.
About you:
  • Top-notch communicator and public speaker
  • Creative with strong writing and design (graphics and videos) skills
  • Customer service focused
  • An adaptable and analytical mindset
The job:
  • Work with organisations to develop strategies – outlining goals, defining target audiences, and choosing effective platforms, setting and working to budgets
  • Manage regular day-to-day activities such as: editing and posting on all social media platforms, responding to comments, creating videos and other images, designing and running paid advertising
  • Analyse results across platforms and produce reports on the success of campaigns, implementing changes where required
  • Optimise content for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), converting traffic into sales and generating new leads for the organisation
Social Media Manager salary (average) $80,000 per year
(Source: ) – this figure is based on Managers with over 4 years industry experience.

Job growth in Social Media Management is strong (source:
How to become a Social Media Manager in Australia 
While there are no formal qualification requirements for this emerging career in Australia, employers are likely to require some form of training and will often request a Bachelor’s degree in the application criteria.
Step 1 – Study English and Mathematics at school, business, marketing and IT are also useful
Step 2 – Build up your own social media channels and create a portfolio of work
Step 3 – Get work experience (paid or unpaid)
Step 4 – Network with organisations, community members, and people already working in the field
Step 5 – Find courses that interest you and check any prerequisites
Step 6 – Complete your qualification e.g.:
Social Media Marketing short courses like the one offered at Chisholm TAFE
Diploma of Social Media Marketing online at TAFE
Bachelor of Communication (Digital and Social Media) at UTS
You could also complete qualifications related to Business, marketing or communications which would make a great foundation for social media management.
Step 7 – Stay up to date, keep learning
Without any formal qualifications you could follow Steps 1-4 and apply for junior positions, then work your way up into management or start your own business once you’ve got enough experience.
Find out more here –
Similar Careers to Social Media Manager
Digital campaign manager
Digital entrepreneur
Digital content producer
Digital marketing specialist
Communications officer
Digital Publishing
Media Strategy and Planning
Public Relations
Market Research
Print/Television/Radio/Photo/Online Journalist
Media Management Advisor
Find out more about alternative careers.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What qualifications are needed to be a social media manager? 
A bachelor’s degree in areas such as communications, public relations, business, and journalism is often a desirable but not essential. It could help you move through the hierarchy more quickly.

How can I get social media marketing experience?
Set up your own accounts and learn from them. Offer to manage accounts for your school, club, community or charitable organisation. If you have a job, offer to help out with their social media and get involved. Apply for internships and other work experience opportunities.

Where do social media managers work?
As a social media manager you might be based in an office, work remotely, or set your own business and work from wherever you want – as long as you have internet connection.

How can I start my career in social media without any formal qualifications?
Again, you’ll want to set up and run your own accounts, do online courses, short courses, and workshops. Attend events and talks about the subject. Read up on the latest news including statistics, algorithms and changes to platforms, to ensure you stay up to date. Get tonnes of work experience, ask around for opportunities, work hard.  
image: university students

Many universities offer virtual campus tours that you can take from the comfort of your own home. Take a look at some of them below.
ACU North Sydney Campus:
ACU Strathfield Campus:
UNSW Kensington Campus:
University of Sydney Campbelltown Campus:
UOW Wollongong Campus:
ACU Brisbane Campus:
Bond University:
JCU Townsville Campus:
USQ Toowoomba Campus:
USC Fraser Coast Campus:
USC Gympie Campus:
USC Sunshine Coast Campus:
USC Caboolture Campus:
USC Moreton Bay Campus:
USC Southbank Campus:
ACU Melbourne Campus:
ACU Ballarat Campus:
Federation University Ballarat Campus:
La Trobe Melbourne Campus:
La Trobe Albury-Wodonga Campus:
La Trobe Bendigo Campus:
La Trobe Mildura Campus:
La Trobe Shepparton Campus:
Monash University:
Swinburne University:
Victoria University:
ACU Canberra Campus:
ANU Canberra Campus: – this is an app for Apple devices only
Flinders University:
University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus:
University of Adelaide Waite Campus:
University of Adelaide Roseworthy Campus:
UniSA Mawson Lakes Campus:
Curtin University:
ECU All Campuses:
Murdoch University:
UWA Crawley Campus:
US and UK University Expo logo

23 March 2020, 9:00 am - 24 April 2020, 5:00 pm 

Put the world’s top universities like Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Stanford within your reach!

Register to receive video recordings and summary documents. Expo videos include:

The Fundamentals of Applying and Studying in the US & UK
  • US & UK application process and timeline
  • The difference between US, UK and Australian universities
  • The academic scores to aim for
Recently Admitted Student Discussion
  • Hear from recent admits to leading US & UK universities
  • How to manage high school and overseas universities
  • Advice for prospective students
Image: ADF Gap Year applications now open

Not sure what to do at the end of year 12 this year? Applications are now open to the Defence Force’s Gap Year Program.

Spend a year experiencing life in the defence force in a variety of roles, including STEM, aviation, administration, and many more.

Best of all, you even earn a salary during your gap year. There is also the opportunity for travel, and meeting heaps of new people and forging lifelong friendships.

Find out more and apply here:  
Image 7 ways to set yourself up for online learning

With schooling potentially moving to online or remote learning in Term 2, here are some ideas of how you can get ready for some distance learning.
1.  Create a study space
You’re going to need a space in the house where you can really knuckle down, focus and get your work done.

So, consider the things you’re going to need:
  • Located in a quiet area that’ll allow you to concentrate on your tasks (whether it’s in your room or another area in the house)
  • Desk
  • Comfortable chair
  • Learning device (you’ll also need access to power points and internet connection). If you don’t have a device or internet access at home, contact us at school on the family helpline. 
  • Good lighting, natural if possible. Natural light is more stimulating and better for your mental health than artificial light, but if it’s not an option in your space just do the best you can.
  • Remove distractions or face your desk away from them – classroom studies have shown that minimising things on the walls and removing temptation from view (so hide your phone or novel that’s hard to put down) can help students stay focused.
2.  Desk tips 
Having a great study space all set up won’t be any use if you can never get to your desk because it’s covered in or surrounded by clutter and you never use it, so here’s some ideas for organising your workspace.
  • Make it comfortable – not so comfortable you’d like to curl up and go to sleep, but you don’t want neck strain or sore wrists creating new challenges.
  • Using a makeshift desk for now? You could put books under the legs to raise it up or put your monitor up on a step if it makes it easier to use.
  • The best desk height should allow your forearms to rest on the desk at a 90-degree angle and allow you to keep your back straight (a rough guide is that it’s between your waist and ribcage when you’re sitting down).
  • Position your screen more than 30cm from your face to avoid eye strain.
  • Have a stationery holder to contain all your pens, highlighters, etc. Don’t have one? That’s OK, improvise using a mug, glass, or Tupperware container.
  • Only keep study materials on your desk – so leave your games, phone, book, laundry, etc. somewhere else.
  • If your desk doesn’t have draws, find a box to slide underneath or that fits down beside it, and store your textbooks and materials in it to help you keep your desk top clear of mess and help you stay focused. Don’t think you have anything suitable? Ask if you can use a spare laundry basket or get creative.
  • As mentioned before, lighting is very important. Natural light is best, otherwise a good overhead light and using a desk lamp to throw some light on your work are great alternatives. Good lighting could reduce the likelihood of headaches and eye strain and could help you to stay focused and more energised.
3.  Stick to a routine
Although you might not be at school, it could really help you stay on track if you stick to a week-day routine and establish a study schedule that’ll keep you on track.

Here’s an example of what your daily routine could look like – insert your own times and customise it to suit you.
  • Set your alarm & get up when you usually would.
  • Get showered, dressed, eat breakfast – stick to your usual routine.
  • Maybe take some time to get some exercise.
  • Check your Check eDiary, school email and Online Learning Platforms each morning and afternoon (Monday to Friday) for updates, communication, information on courses, resources and assessment.
  • Start work.
  • Include break times and lunch times in your schedule.
  • Set an end time to finish your learning.
  • Help with cooking dinner, cleaning up around home, or have a bit of free time.
  • Eat dinner with the whole family if possible, discuss your day and decide what you’ll be doing tomorrow.
  • Spend a little time doing “homework” – finish up assignments, reading or note taking from your day.
  • Relax and wind down – you could watch TV, read a book, listen to music, catch up with friends and family, exercise or try some relaxation techniques e.g. meditation, yoga.
  • Remember to go to bed at a reasonable time, so you can get plenty of sleep and get back to home learning the next day.
4.  Scheduling your work
Your school and teachers will be working hard to put together an online learning plan for you. Each school’s plan will most likely look a little different, but if you haven’t got one or you haven’t been given specific instructions; here’s how you could put together a schedule that’ll suit you.

At the start of each week:
  • Check what material you’ve been sent from school.
  • Break down the information you’ve been given for the day or week by making a note / document / spreadsheet to keep track of what you need to do.
  • Insert any online lessons or meetings with your teacher that have been scheduled (you might like to pop these in your calendar or set reminders for these too).
  • Go through each subject separately and:
  • Highlight the learning intentions for the week (what are the expectations or study goals).
  • Jot down any links and resources you’ll need.
  • Plan the time you think you’ll need to complete each task (think how long your lessons usually are and add a bit more on).
  • Put deadlines for assessment and other submissions into your calendar or reminders too and make sure you get work sent off in time.
  • If you’re not given a daily or weekly schedule, you get to decide which tasks you’d like to tick off first and which order you’d like to work on everything else.
  • Stick to your study schedule every weekday. Leave your evenings and weekends for vegging out and having sleep-ins etc.
  • Taking the time to create a work schedule that’ll help you to achieve all of your study goals might take a little time in itself the first few times, that’s OK, you’ll get faster at doing it each time.
  • Creating a schedule and saving it could also help you keep track of what you’ve been doing so you can accurately report back to your school.
5.  Take regular timed breaks 
Just like when you’re at school, scheduling in regular breaks to your study routine is important.
  • Taking breaks could help you stay focused over longer periods of time, help you retain information better, maintain performance, reduce stress, and keep on track.
  • Time your breaks, otherwise it’s easy to get side-tracked and distracted.
  • Use your break times to get your drinks and snacks, have a bit of exercise or fresh air, use the bathroom if you must. Catch up on social media, check in with friends and family to see how they’re going.
  • Don’t be tempted to skip breaks or extend breaks. You could surprise yourself with what you’ve achieved at the end of each day.
6.  Keep notes organised
Having a dedicated workspace or study zone and keeping your desk tidy could help you keep track of all your notes.

You could:
  • put all your notes for one subject in a separate folder.
  • clip them together.
  • use post-its mark-up sections of a note pad for each subject.
If you’re making notes on your computer, you could:
  • create a separate folder for each subject.
  • remember to give each set of notes a different title, that could just be the date.
  • insert relevant links to online resources.
Adding the date to any notes you write or create could help you organise them and track them down when you need them later.
However, if you choose to make and keep your notes, having a plan in mind to organise them before you start could save you time and stress down the track.
7.  Email or ask if you need help
Being away from your school or cohort doesn’t mean you have to struggle.
Your teacher and the school have provided means of communication for you.  We won’t be angry or annoyed to hear from you, we want to help you out.
If you can’t reach anybody, ask your parents or friends, try googling online and working it out for yourself. Failing that – put aside your task, move on to the next one and come back to the bit you’re stuck on later.
IMPORTANT - Just do your best
Everyone is learning how to adapt at the moment; things will get easier.  
image 7 stay at home resources
Here are some useful activities and resources you can access without stepping foot outside your front door.

1.  Build yourself a Portfolio
Portfolios are a really great way to record all your achievements from studies, skills, and activities to references, in the one spot.

You could take some time to get organised, ensuring you never lose important dates and details again.

You’ll even be able to share items or the whole portfolio in PDF format, add references, and set reminders to update your portfolio down the track.

Plus when you’re ready to apply for a job, course, or tertiary institution, all the information is ready to go and creating a customised, professional resume will only take minutes.  Why not try Google Sites as a platform to do this

2.  Win some stuff
Taking part in competitions can be really good fun, and there are thousands out there to choose from, so you’re bound to able to find something that floats your boat.

Aside from the fun aspect, some competitions have seriously cool prizes and could even earn you some $$$’s.

Plus, taking part in competitions (even if you don’t win) counts towards your lifetime achievements and teaches you new skills, all of which looks great on your resume.

Here are some of the competitions that we’ve found.

3.  Set some goals   and then kick them

If you’re not convinced that you should bother setting goals, why not have a read of our blog, it could change your mind.

Perhaps you’ve already set goals but your struggling to keep track of them?

Just a few minutes spent on our Goal Generator could help you narrow down the goals that really matter to you, set milestones and a timeline that could help you stay accountable. You can download your personalised goals, print them out, pop them in your calendar or stick them up on your wall for motivation.

It could be a bit of fun to do with the rest of your family too.

4.  Research Higher Education Providers
When you’re busy at school and running between activities, there’s probably not much time to consider your post-high school options, let alone have a search through the institutions and see what they offer.
But if you’re having an enforced period of couch time, why not start doing some research?

Our database lists 95 universities and other tertiary institutions, with links to their official websites, it could be a simple place to get started. You can search by state, qualification level, or career field to help narrow down your options.

Remember you can also check out the universities FAQs section, call to speak to an advisor in future students, or ask questions by email or in chat sessions.

Worried your Year 12 results won’t get you into the course you want after you’ve done your research, then you can also check out the alternative pathways offered by the education provider you’re interested in studying with.

And if you’re considering vocational education (VET) including an apprenticeships, traineeships or other TAFE courses as a pathway to the career you’d like, then our dedicated page has loads of information and options that could interest you.

5.  Save money with Scholarships
When you’re thinking about your future, most people will be thinking about money – how much will the course cost you and how you can afford to live while you study.

Take some time to read up about scholarships, they’re literally giving money away.

Sure you have to submit an application for most of them, but an application won’t take too long (the more you do, the faster you’ll get), and it would be time well spent.

So if you’re interested in a particular career pathway or institution, why not see what financial boosts are available to you. You could start your search on our scholarships database.

6.  Join in via the virtual world
Thankfully in the modern world of technology, we’re never really isolated, so if you’re craving some interaction or you’d like to spend some time productively, you could sign up for online courses, webinars, online information sessions, tedx talks, and more.

7.  Prioritise yourself Take some time to look after yourself, your physical and mental health.
You’ll stand the best chance of warding off illnesses when you’re in great shape, eat healthily, stay hydrated and get lots of sleep. But your mental health can also impact on how well your immune systems functions.

So why not read some tips on wellbeing, take the opportunity to change implement some healthy new habits and embrace the enforced break from all your usual routine.

If you’re not sure where to start we’ve lots of posts and blogs that you could check out on our wellbeing page.

8.  Adult like a boss
While you could happily binge watch Netflix and make Tik Tok videos for a few weeks, spending some of your time a bit more wisely could be a great investment for your future.

Plus, your initiative and motivation will be bound to impress your parents and school, and there’s no such thing as “too many brownie points”.
Tour the World’s Most Famous Museums Without Leaving Your House
Museums and galleries can hold some incredibly interesting things – but a lot of them are all the way on the other side of the world.

Google has teamed up with some of the world’s most famous museums to create virtual tours, meaning you can explore their collections without even having to leave the house.

Check it out here:
Real Insurance Real Wishes Survey
Real Insurance has recently surveyed over 5000 Australians, asking them about their wishes and career aspirations, and what they hope to achieve in the coming year. There are some interesting statistics, including:
  • 70% of Australians concerned about their careers and wanting to feel confident in their job security.
  • 68% of Australians want to update their skills or retrain to learn new skills
  • Over 60% of Australians hope to see an improvement in employment opportunities.
You can read the full report here:
Stuck at home?
Cabin fever and boredom can be responsible for some really bad moods and unhelpful head spaces.

A good way to combat those feelings, is to stay busy.

You might think that’s not as easy as it sounds if you’re in lock down, but there are loads of resources already out there, with more popping up every day.
Here are some of our top suggestions:
Get “out” without leaving your house
Here are some lists to scroll through and inspire you:
Alternatively sign into other libraries and borrow ebooks for free, then read until your hearts content:
Research careers and pathways that get you excited
Time is one thing that we always seem to be short of, so if you’re stuck at home then why not take advantage of it to explore all the careers out there.
Then, if you find something that appeals to you, delve a little deeper and find out how to go about making that career a reality for you.
  • Listen to podcasts profiling careers e.g Working – a series of interviews with Americans about their work life
  • Watch YouTube videos e.g. day in the life of … (search for careers related content)
  • Read job spotlights and other career resources
  • Take some job quizzes: FYA, Skillsroad, Free Career Test they might help you if you can’t decide about what to do after high school  
Get some things ticked off at home
  • Do all your updates on computers, phones and other technology
  • Clean out all your files and folders, make room on your devices by removing unused apps, and downloading all your photos
  • Organise your digital photos (you’ll end up scrolling through them and having the best time). You could even order prints online, create photo books or create displays for around home.
  • Research your next holiday. It might seem cruel with travel bans in place but it’s always fun researching far off places and you could always check out destinations in Australia too.
  • Choose an old school skill and work on it – baking, woodwork, fermenting, permaculture are a few examples
  • Help out in the garden
  • Help out in the house with a deep clean, get into all the nooks and crannies – it could be really satisfying and your parents will thank you for it
  • Have a designated movie marathon day
  • Catch up with friends and family on the phone or by video messaging, it’ll cheer you up and make their day too
  • Get everything out of the games cupboard and challenge your family to play them all
  • Have a go at a really challenging jigsaw puzzle – leave it somewhere everyone can have a go as they pass by
  • Find out how to fix broken things and then do it
  • Rearrange your room
  • Plan all the gifts you’ll need for the next year – work out your budget, and start doing some online research. You could have your Christmas shopping sorted by the time Easter rolls around.
  • Get out the backyard cricket set, or organise a family sports day – the sillier the events, the more fun it could be

Take control of your education
Find topics, subjects and activities that interest you.

Spend time a little time on subjects you struggle with at school, or take some time to try out something brand new that could be the start of a new passion or pathway in life.
ABC Education
Play cool gameslearn things, watch awesome shows and enter competitions to win prizes.
Check out what’s happening in the news and around the world.
Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. You might not be able to access all the material as some is restricted to UK viewers.
BBC Teach
Free UK based curriculum-mapped videos arranged by subject and age-group; Plus, live lessons presented by top BBC talent and educational campaigns.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
Tons of free revision content for high school students, applies to the UK curriculum again but could still be useful. With paid access you get higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it, perfect if you’re in Year 11 or 12 and considering applying for uni after high school. Delivered at an adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos for students and educators to use.
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes, targeted at younger children but still suitable for middle school students.
Learn languages for free via this free web or app-based learning program. Learning through games, competitions and rewards makes its fun and easy to learn.
Mystery Science
Free science lessons for primary and middle school students, aligned with the US curriculum. It does seem there’s a capped number of free memberships though.
The Kids Should See This
A fantastic resource with over 4000 videos about all kinds of fascinating topics, you’ll be sure to find something education and fun on here.
Crash Course
You Tube videos on all kinds of subjects, there are sections including games and study skills too.
Crest Awards
Love STEM? Here are some projects that could challenge you from home.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads for kids of all ages, but more aimed at younger children. Lots of the activities could be done inside, some sections require payment so bear it in mind if you start loading up your cart.
A free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It’s used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything.
British Council
Teaching English, practical resources to use in your secondary classroom.
From full lesson plans to choose from (European curriculum), activities, ideas for using stories and poems and lesson plans dedicated to areas of UK history, literature and culture to help your learners improve their English in engaging, motivating and enjoyable ways.
Big History Project
Journey through nearly 14 billion years of history in this self-guided, six-hour version of Big History. Aimed at high schoolers it’s full of great activities to keep you entertained and test your learning.
Australian curriculum-based material created by teachers, including Year 7-10. There are free taster packs available, but a fee applies to some of the material. Individual and school memberships are available and they’re offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures – you’ll still need to sign up. Please check cost details directly before you subscribe.
Providing free daily lesson plans and resources from school age children. What’s available in the Grades 6+ section may be good for middle school aged children.
Temporary measures
Just remember, things will get back to normal in the not too distant future.

So try and make the most of any time out and be ready to dive back into your busy life brighter and better than ever.  

Just because you have to stay at home doesn’t mean you’ll turn into a couch potato.

Staying active is not only great for your physical and mental health, but it’s also a fantastic way to pass some time. There are tonnes of work out routines already available online, with more being added by the day, as well as free live streaming classes and free trials of apps.
If none of those appeal to you how about one of these ideas:
  • Hold a dance off challenge for members or your family or get online and do it with your mates.
  • Practise your ball skills in the backyard.
  • Do some skipping to get your heart rate up – no skipping rope? See what you could use from around the house or your dad’s shed as a substitute.
  • Shoot some hoops.
  • If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, do some laps and get competitive with yourself, see how many you can do in a set time.
  • Get out the backyard cricket set and get your whole family playing.
  • Set up exercise stations in your backyard, on the driveway, or in a room in your house, then do circuits, time yourself and see how many exercises you can do at each station. How many push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, jump-rope turns, burpees, and step-ups can you do in 45 seconds? How about a minute? Keep track of how well you do and see how you improve over time.
  • Mow the lawn for your parents.
Get on GoNoodle and perfect some of the routines.
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