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Online learning resources for children and young people

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General guidance and support for young people

  • The Children's Society Black Country Advocacy Service

    Freephone: 0800 652 3839
    Tel: 01902 877563 

    The Children's Society 
    Black Country Advocacy Service, The Workspace, All Saints Road, Wolverhampton, WV2 1EL

  • Kooth.com 
    A free anonymous confidential website where young people aged 11-25 can go for help. 
    Includes:

    • Online Counselling from specially trained therapists and advice workers

    • Advice and guidance

    • Information about what's going on in the local area

    • The facility for young people to write blogs or magazine articles

  • Hope Again
    Hope Again is is a website developed by Cruse Bereavement Care's Youth Involvement Project which aims to support young people, after the death of someone close to them.

  • Skill for Disabled Students
    Skill Help line has a new home with the Disability Alliance. It provides support and information for disabled students. It can offer on line information to for disabled students, families and carers and professionals, factsheets and a helpline/email advice service. It also offers help on education, training and employment. 

    The help line is open Tuesdays 11:30 -1:30 and Thursdays 1:30 - 3:30; tel: 0800 328 5050 or email skill4disabled students@disabilityalliance.org.

Dudley Council websites

  • Schools Information
    Contact information for Dudley Nursery, Primary, Secondary and Special Schools and the Short Stay School Service.

  • Dudley SENDIASS (Formerly the Dudley Parent Partnership) 
    Support and advice for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs.

Government policies and initiatives

Guidance for Parents and Carers

  • BBC Learn and Revise
    BBC guide for parents and carers to help support children's education and learning.

  • BBC CBeebies for Parents 
    Advice on how to make the best use of the BBC online resources and ideas for supporting the learning of young children.

  • iChild 
    Hundreds of free, printable, fun activities and worksheets that cover child development and education from birth to 11 years. Covers subjects from the National Curriculum but also provides additional materials to help support children at home including rewards charts and children's savings advice. It also incorporates links to discounted children's activities, attractions and competitions.

  • Scope 
    Scope provides comprehensive advice and support for families with children who have learning difficulties or disabilities.

  • The School Run
    Advice and links to free web sites and resources to help parents and carers support children aged 3 to 14 with their education, health and general well-being. Includes support materials for SATS and advice and articles on children's behaviour, dyslexia and autism.

  • Wordpool 
    Useful guidance for parents, carers and teachers in choosing appropriate books for children and ideas on how to support children with their reading. It includes sections on supporting reluctant readers and suggestions for books which can be used to support children who are dealing with specific issues such as self-esteem, adoption, death etc

  • Reading Matters 
    This is a straightforward site with descriptions of a large number of children’s books grouped by author and Title. It also includes reviews sent in by children and a useful “Book Chooser” if you are struggling to find the right book for your children to read.

Careers and Learning

  • Big Ambition 
    A technology careers website for 14-19 year olds created by e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology. Big Ambition provides an insider view of technology careers and education opportunities.
  • Careersoft 
    Careers info for young people (select 'Careers Gateway' for careers information)

  • Cascaid 
    Careers information (select 'Career Bytes' for careers information)

  • Fast Tomato 
    Interactive online help with decisions on careers in education
  • Learndirect 
    For information on hundreds of online courses to help you improve your IT skills, office skills, maths, English and many more. Tel: 0800 100 900

  • Money to Learn 
    Government site about financial support on offer for 16 -18 year olds.

  • UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) 
    Advice, application information and help with course searches. Tel: 01242 222444 Minicom: 01242 544942

Jobs and Employment

  • Apprenticeships 
    Information on Apprenticeships and national vacancies online

  • Jobseekers Direct 
    Information on training, education and job opportunities

  • The National Careers Service 
    The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities.