Throughout lockdown, Star established and supported a number of national initiatives to ensure that pupils are not disadvantaged academically or mentally by the crisis and its impact on their education. We have been humbled by the sacrifices made by parents to support their children, and by our colleagues.
The lockdown forced the closure of schools to the majority of pupils. Parents and carers across the country were suddenly tasked with educating their children at home, many whilst juggling care or work commitments. In response to this new challenge, Star Academies joined forces with a group of leading educators to launch StarLine – a national home learning helpline offering free, expert information and advice to parents and carers. StarLine came as a welcome relief to parents across the country by offering them the ability to speak directly to a team of education and parenting experts about behaviour, routine and structure as well specific questions about the curriculum and school subjects.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “StarLine represents another inspiring example of teachers and education experts working together to share their knowledge, resources and expertise with schools and families across the country. This is a welcome addition to the support available to help children learn from home.”
Mufti Hamid Patel CBE, Chief Executive of Star Academies, said: “The combination of working from home, caring for our loved ones and trying to educate our children is a difficult juggling act. Together with our partners, we want to use our educational expertise to support parents and carers who are grappling with the challenge of trying to maintain their children’s learning.”
Mumsnet founder and CEO Justine Roberts said: “Lockdown learning has been a huge adjustment for all families, and for some it’s extremely challenging. There’s no doubt that anxiety and stress are high in the mix, and some reassuring input from expert educators will be really valuable to frazzled and frantic parents.”
Matt Hood, Principal at Oak National Academy, said: “’This is another fantastic example of the education sector working together to ensure that every pupil gets the best possible education at home. I know StarLine will make a huge difference to families across the country.”
Thousands of parents across the country have sought support from StarLine, which has quickly established itself as one of the go-to authoritative resources for home learning support. For more information about how StarLine can help you, including a range of useful blogs, please visit www.starline.org.uk.
StarLive is a weekly YouTube programme where educational and parenting experts from the StarLine team share their know-how to help struggling parents. Each week, a new topic is introduced by a StarLive expert who shares practical advice and tips. Subjects have included how to structure home learning, childhood bereavement, staying connected, positive parenting and helping teenagers during lockdown. Every episode of StarLive is available at www.starline.org.uk/starlive.
Oak National Academy
Star Academies is a proud partner of the Oak National Academy. The Oak National Academy was established by 80 state school teachers and organisations across the sector to provide online lessons to support home learning during lockdown. The lessons cover a range of subjects including maths, English, art and languages, which are delivered through videos, quizzes and interactive lessons.
Matt Hood, who is the Chair of Governors at Bay Leadership Academy, has led the development of the academy through his role as Principal at Oak National Academy. A number of Star Academies teachers have created resources and delivered online lessons for the academy, which have been watched by tens of thousands of pupils and teachers across the country. For more information about Oak National Academy please visit www.thenational.academy.