The Sophia’s Diary’s Online Lockdown Guide- What’s On for Secondary School Pupils

Sofia Kotsou The Lockdown Guide

Secondary School is one of the most crucial times in education.  Many students may find the work set challenging. We have collated some fantastic resources and useful infomation too

Youth Coach Liz

Liz Sorton, youth and young adult coach, youth mental health first aider is able to provide Skype coaching to support with anxiety, depression, goal setting, dealing with challenges in family relationships or friendships. Please get in touch for a strictly in confidence chat –  Also able to support with parent coaching, again please get in touch in complete confidence. Check out Liz’s Column on page 10 in the Spring Magazine too
Amazon – Free audio stories and books

Amazon has cancelled the Audible subscription of books and audio stories as long as schools are closed. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link 

Learn Live Education

Free Access to wide variety of live interactive broadcasts and videos on demand – education class on careers and health education.

Starter High – Brian Hamilton Foundation

Free Online Course Students can take to learn how to set up and run a business

The Economist Educational Foundation

A range of resources based on current issues to encourage critical thinking. Free Bulletins, Workshops, activities and competitions for students to take part in remotely.

British Library – Discovering Sacred Texts

Discovering Sacred Texts provides access to the richness and diversity of the texts from some of the world’s greatest faiths. Full of Videos, Articles, Digital Stories etc.

British Army Resources

Free Lesson Library comprises of a range of engaging, downloadable resources including everything from STEM to PSHE. The activities have been aligned to relevant curricula, Ofsted framework and the Gatsby Benchmarks and contain introduction videos, lesson plans, presentations and student workshops.

Government list of home schooling websites

These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages. The list includes subject-specific resources for English, Maths, Science, PE, SEND. They are currently being offered for free.

Ask Apprenticeships

They have amended their offer with the current situation – Can now support with online broadcasts, online assemblies, 1:1 support, small group sessions, and subject themed resources eg. ‘Interviews with Apprentices’. Please find below the March Parent Pack – they send them out regularly so it is worth signing up with them.


A free and interactive web platform for learning languages

Report around supporting deaf students in careers advice / journey

Career workbooks and free resources

Ofqual Announcements


Key Stage 3 resources

Key Stage 4

Teaching Sustainability

Virtual Educational Trips During Lockdown

The lockdown doesn’t mean that we can’t experience a wealth of cultural activities from the comfort of our own homes. 

Here is a list of experiences that you can enjoy for free! 

Virtual Tours of Museums:

British Museum, London –

Guggenheim Museum, New York –

Rijks Museum, Amsterdam –

Musée d’Orsay, Paris –

The Broad, Los Angeles -

Uffizi Gallery, Florence –

Benaki Museum, Athens –

National Palace Museum, Taiwan –

Watching Theatre Productions:

National Theatre – broadcasts full plays completely free of charge

Globe Theatre – broadcasts free Shakespeare plays

Trips Abroad – take a virtual tour around some of the most amazing places on earth!

Northern Lights, Sweden –

Cliff of Moher, Ireland –

Central Park, New York –

Grand Canyon, Arizona –

Yosemite National Park, Colorado –

Stonehenge, UK –

Safari, South Africa –

World’s End Productions
Worlds End Productions London Youth Theatre members are taking part in the Coronavirus Time Capsule project, organised by Company Three from Islington. The project has already been covered by Sky News and received praise from Sadiq Khan. Check out the news item from our website for more information

Education resources