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Dudley Council Web Sites

  • 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 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.

Guidance in Using Computers and the Internet

  • BBC Webwise
    Basic introduction to using a computer and the internet. Includes interactive short courses and guidance on using email, shopping online, social media, safety and privacy.

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

  • The Who Cares? Trust
    The Who Cares? Trust is a voice and a champion for children and young people in the UK living in care. The web site provides a range of information and practical advice for young people in care as well as resources for carers and other professionals who support looked after children.

  • 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

  • Cruse Bereavement RD4U
    RD4U 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.

Online Learning Resources for Young People

  • CBeebies
    Colourful interactive educational activities for younger children.

  • BBC Schools
    A comprehensive range of interactive activities and information appropriate for all ages and all areas of the national Curriculum.

  • Mangahigh
    Mangahigh's scientific maths games bring maths games to life! Try them now and find out what all the fuss is about. Fun problem solving maths for secondary age children.

  • New York Philharmonic Orchestra Kids Zone
    Great fun is to be had on this site. It includes listening to different orchestral instruments playing the same tune, composing simple tunes and various games using different musical instruments.

  • Planet Science
    Free & fun Science resources for children, young people, teachers and parents.

  • Up to Ten
    A range of colourful educational games and activities for early years children

  • Show Me
    See cool and crazy stuff from museums and galleries around the UK

  • Tate Kids
    Tate Kids will bring art to life for your children aged 4-13 with its exciting and interactive activities. There are also crafty activities to do offline in Tate Create. Tate Kids supports aspects the art curricula in the UK, but also has relevance to English, Design and Technology and ICT.

  • E-Learning for Kids
    Free online activities for all ages covering English, maths, science, computer skills and life skills

  • Scratch
    Site which enables users to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share their creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

  • Alice
    Alice is a 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is freely available and allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

  • Englishbiz
    Useful resource for GCSE English revision. Englishbiz is an educational web site created, written and run by an English teacher. It consists of a series of web pages that provide up-to-date help. The focus is on the skills of analysis and writing, rather than on individual texts.

  • National Geographic (Kids)
    A range of high quality resources including games, videos, fun-facts, crafts and activities relating to animals, countries, science and world events and features.

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.