Twinkl makes parents, teachers and carers around the world feel at home
03 August 2020
Back in March, online educational publishing house Twinkl offered free access to all of its resources, including over 650,000 teaching and learning materials, to support teachers, parents and carers as schools closed or prepared to close as a result of Coronavirus.
Thanks to the hard work of over 640 team members based in its two Sheffield offices, as well as remotely around the globe, they have made sure that the home environment has been as productive and enjoyable as possible for so many around the world.
They contacted ministries of education, schools, teachers, parents and carers in over 200 countries and regions around the world, including those where schools had not yet closed, to support contingency planning. At its peak, over 1,598,099,008 learners were affected by the coronavirus after school closures were implemented in up to 194 countries. This equates to over 91.3% of the total number of students enrolled in education around the world, according to UNESCO.
That’s a staggering amount of help which has seen them earn adulation and praise from so many, as well propelling the company to be the 89th largest website domain in the UK by traffic, above sites including Deliveroo, Adidas, Expedia and Missguided.
Their content is still added daily and can be found in the bespoke Home Learning Hub. This was created to support structure and variety for home learning as it offers a new set of daily activities for home learners to get involved with, including PE sessions with Joe Wicks, qualified teachers hosting book readings, live lessons, positive news updates to explore and more.
There's even dedicated Parents section of their website with useful guides to help parents understand what children should be learning in each year group and how they can use Twinkl.
Twinkl has also worked with the Memusi Foundation over the last year - a charity that works directly with schools and communities in Kenya to provide access to quality education. The team knew that it needed to support the charity more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic, so helped them distribute high-quality teaching and learning resources to 10,000 children and their families, enabling those with no access to any other resources to continue their learning journey whilst not attending schools funded by the foundation.
Locally, Twinkl has partnered with South Yorkshire Futures, a Sheffield Hallam University-led programme, and Sheffield S6 Foodbank and gifted hundreds of free copies of its beautifully illustrated Twinkl Originals books to disadvantaged families across the region.
With children beginning to return to the classroom, Twinkl is still as committed as ever to supporting teachers, parents and carers to navigate this unusual time and to equipping them with high-quality resources and tools. The company has returned to its former subscription model but the Home Learning Hub will continue to be free for as long as it is needed. They've also introduced a new planner tool to allow schools to easily share personalised content with their pupils, which will enable work to be much more tailored to each pupil's needs. For more information, visit: www.twinkl.co.uk