Best free education apps for kids off school

Children may be off school now because of the coronavirus but it’s not holiday time. While you probably want to cut them some slack in these stressful times, it’s important to keep them engaged with their education. It will stop them getting bored and make it easier when they eventually go back to school.

If you’re not a trained teacher how can you find the online resources to help your children keep learning? Luckily there are some great education websites available online which you an access today. All these education apps are free to use during the COVID-19 shutdown.


BBC Bitesize
Probably the best known of all the educational resources available online, BBC Bitesize is as professional and easy to use as you’d expect. It’s based on the UK national curriculum and organised by age group and subject matter. You can access it on a pc or on apple or android so handy if your child want to dip in and out on their phone.

The Maths Factor
Created by Carol Vorderman there is usually a small monthly charge but it’s free to use while schools are closed for the coronavirus crisis. It’s aimed at children aged 4 – 12 years and follows the UK national curriculum. It uses daily sessions, fun games and achievable targets to motivate kids to learn maths.

The Khan Academy
Although it’s US-based, much of the science and maths material applies to the UK national curriculum. It’s a non-profit organisation which aims to give a top education free of charge to anyone in the world. The quality of videos and content is high and it’s best suited to older children.

Duolingo is a fun to use free website (though there are some ads) which offers courses in a number of languages including Spanish, French, German and Italian. It uses games and rewards to help you move through levels in a way which will appeal to gaming youngsters.

Quizlet is a very widely used revision tool which allows you to learn in an appealingly simple to way using virtual flashcards. You can create your own online flashcards or use some of the many already created sets on a huge range of topics. Your kids will be still be using Quizlet when this crisis is over and they are back at tests and exams.