Summer activities

Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF)

Holiday clubs have free places available to those on benefits-related free school meals. HAF is delivered by local authorities. To find out more, search online for HAF in your area or contact your local authority.

Summer schools

Your child’s secondary school will let you know if they’re running a one- or two-week summer school, largely focused on incoming Year 7s, with a mix of fun activities and catch-up lessons.

Rediscover Summer

Explore themed activities in your local area and nationally with the Rediscover Summer campaign, from sport and creativity to nature and heritage.

Active Recovery Hub

Choose from a range of fun activities and ideas you can do at home with your family, from circus skills to yoga and running.

Summer Reading Challenge

Encourage your child to take part in this year’s fun Summer Reading Challenge to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the holidays.

National Citizen Service (NCS) for 16-17 year-olds

Young people can register for NCS to learn new skills and take on new challenges.

Whether it’s trying out a new sport, visiting places that inspired your child’s favourite books or even learning how to code – there are plenty of activities for your child to try, wherever you live.

Catch-up: 4-16 year-olds

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Tutoring for 5-16 year-olds

The National Tutoring Programme provides one-to-one or small group teaching with specialist tutors to help children catch up on missed time in school. Contact your child’s school for more information and to find out if your child is eligible.

Free online lessons and resources

For summer education support, Oak National Academy provides online classrooms, resources and wellbeing activities for children from reception to Year 11.

Science resources for 4-11 year-olds

STEM Learning offers free home learning support with activities and materials on science, technology, engineering and maths.

GCSE physics support

GCSE physics students can find quizzes, tests, video lessons and practice materials using Isaac Physics summer programmes.

Advanced maths support for Year 11s

Free online courses with Advanced Mathematics Support Programme help students to progress to the next level, whether they’re looking towards GCSEs or looking to study advanced maths.

 

 

Explore our education catch-up support in full on GOV.UK and get in touch with your child’s school or local authority to find out what support is available in your area.

Support for SEND

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Summer schools

Your child’s secondary school will let you know if they’re running a one- or two-week summer school where your child can enjoy a mix of fun activities and catch-up lessons. To help with extra costs, summer school places in special schools and special units are funded at a higher rate.

Tutoring for 5-16 year-olds

The National Tutoring Programme includes specialist provision for supporting students with SEND. From September, special and alternative provision schools will receive additional funding to ensure they can provide one-to-one tutoring for their pupils. Contact your child’s school to find out more and if your child is eligible.

Tutoring support for post-16

SEND students and 19-24 year-olds with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) might be eligible for one-to-one and small group tuition through the 16 to 19 tuition fund. Contact your child’s college, school or learning provider to find out more.

Support for all

The Council for disabled children has information about holiday club places and the support your child can receive. The charity Contact has further support and advice for families with disabled children and young people.

Find more details of SEND support in specific education catch-up programmes on GOV.UK.

Early years

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Learning for your little ones

Hungry Little Minds is full of tips, ideas and practical advice to keep your child amused and learning.

Speech and language support for reception children

Ask your child’s primary school if they’ve signed up to the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) programme which accelerates language and early reading skills by working in small groups.

Get help with childcare costs

Visit Childcare Choices to see what help is available for you and your family.

Find more information on how you can help children aged 2 to 4 learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK.

Catch-up: 16-19 year-olds

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Tutoring support for 16-19 year-olds

One-to-one and small group tuition helps young people who have missed out on education. Contact the student’s college, school or learning provider for more information on the 16 to19 tuition fund and to find out if they are eligible.

Free courses with The Skills Toolkit

From looking after emotional wellbeing to coding – the National Careers Service offers free courses to help young people learn new skills.

A level physics resources

Physics students can find quizzes, tests, video lessons and practice materials using Isaac Physics summer programmes.

Advanced maths help for post-16

Free online courses for AS and A Level with Advanced Mathematics Support Programme to help students to progress to the next level.

Explore our education catch-up support in full on GOV.UK and get in touch with your child’s school or local authority to find out what support is available in your area.

Mental health

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Find mental health support for your child and family, when you need it, with

For a full list of organisations offering support, information and resources, visit the Department for Education’s blog on mental health resources.

Youth Mental Health Ambassador, Dr Alex George, has created a series of wellbeing videos based on his five core ‘ways to wellbeing’. You can watch the videos with your child and download the follow up activities and discussion ideas to help young people better understand how to look after their own mental health and wellbeing.

Public Health England has advice for you on caring for your child’s mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find expert information to help your child as they catch up on learning and move forward to the next stage of their education.