Increasing pressure is being placed on the Education sector

Gary Williams
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Schools in the UK have been told to prepare for a staggered re-opening from the 1st June after Boris Johnson identified primary schools and Years 10 and 12 as priority groups. Today, Gavin Williamson has called teachers ‘heroes’. Teachers have been working hard since schools shut back in March, either by supporting vulnerable children or helping their classes through online lessons. But what support has there been for teachers?

Over the last couple of months, we all have a new social responsibility to check in with each other, and for teachers this should be no exception. Private companies, too, have a social responsibility to offer support as far as they are able to and to partner with the public sector in a beneficial manner. Parents and teachers must have as many resources presented to them as possible in order to continue their children’s learning at home and minimise the impact of Coronavirus on Britain’s younger generations. MyTutor are advocates for accessible, affordable learning here in the UK and acknowledge the necessity to discourage commoditising basic resources, such as education, to protect the education of students and alleviate stress and pressure during this uncertain time.

MyTutor – the UK’s leading online tutoring service – in a bid to support those working diligently on their studies at home – have launched a new, free Online School which is packed with help for students. The homepage is a centralised hub, with links to various resources; streamlined to provide fast, easy and simple access from one place.

The platform offers daily live group tutorials on key topics and new resources are added every day. Current offerings provide GCSE module tutorials, with Key-Stage 3 and A-Level modules in development. Pre-recorded videos focussing on popular topics are also uploaded to MyTutor’s YouTube channel regularly, across a wide range of subjects, but are currently centred around the core subjects: Maths, the three Sciences and English.

James Grant – Co-founder of MyTutor – discusses the need for centralised resources to help take the burden off of parents during this time:

“Pupils working in isolation from home because of containment measures could face learning challenges at a critical period. Fortunately, online platforms can be accessed in a convenient and hygienic way across the UK. MyTutor are incredibly pleased to launch this new service for GCSE students, which we believe will be a vital resource for those looking to continue their studies from home.

MyTutor has advocated the use of EdTech in the classroom for a long time, and now we have the chance to assist schools, teachers and pupils as they work from home. We want to ensure we support all children with their continued learning during this tricky time and so are delighted to be able to provide this valuable and easily-accessible platform for free.”

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