Resources for parents and carers
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a large number of Australian students learning from home, with many parents and carers keen for resources to support them in the learning.
As ACARA CEO David de Carvalho noted in a recent opinion piece, “Many parents of school-age children are now dealing with a new reality, trying to keep their children engaged in learning while not having the professional skills that trained teachers bring to that complex and vitally important task.
“Government education departments, Catholic school systems and independent schools have been working with remarkable speed and intensity to put in place or ramp up online learning mechanisms to help. They are preparing high-quality learning materials, linked to the Australian Curriculum, which help parents to keep their children engaged in learning under these most unusual circumstances.”
ACARA has compiled a range of resources and links to support parents/carers at this unique time:
The full Australian Curriculum and related resources are published online, they provide accessibility for all users; however, it is important to note that the Australian Curriculum itself has been written for teachers, with the ‘Parent information’ section a streamlined version of this.
Previous years' NAPLAN test papers and answers are available (up to 2016), as well as the NAPLAN Online public demonstration site if parents and children wish to use these resources as an activity while at home.
Our Parent Update newsletter is a monthly e-newsletter that brings national education news about national assessment, curriculum and My School news to parents.
Other parent and carer resources
- ABC Education provides access to more than 4,000 free videos, interactive resources and games mapped to the Australian curriculum – across subjects such as English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Media Literacy, Financial Literacy, The Arts, and Technologies, including STEM.
From Tuesday 14 April, the ABC extended its educational programming on ABC ME to support children and caregivers at home, from 10 am to 3 pm each weekday. The expanded schedule moves from blocks of primary school content in the mornings through to secondary school content in the afternoons, featuring programs such as Behind the News (BTN), Ecomaths, ScienceXplosion, Numberblocks, Citizen Code and English on the Go.
- The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s Spotlight: Designed primarily for teachers, this research identifies best practice evidence to guide teachers on setting up online learning and advice teachers can give to parents during this process. Key consideration is given to principles demonstrated to benefit student outcomes and wellbeing.