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Advisory Centre for Education
The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) is a national charity that provides advice and information to parents and carers on a wide range of school based issues including exclusion, admissions, special education needs, bullying and attendance.

The Child Accident Prevention Trust's (CAPT) aims to raise child saferty issues.

The D'Arcy Lainey Foundation (DALAFO) is a national, voluntary, not-for-profit organisation working with and for LGBT families. Providing support, guidance and social activities to all LGBT families and those wishing to start a family.

Public services and information to help your child.

DirectGov - School Finder
Find schools, childcare services and Sure Start Children's centres.

Disabled Parents Network
DPN provides information, advice and peer support to disabled parents, their families and supporters, DNP also provides training and workshop facilitation to social and health professionals.

Education Guardian
Education news, including schools news, schools tables and information about further education.

Family Learning
Family learning classes are run in many schools in the UK. They give parents and carers the opportunity to find out how things are taught in their own child's school, as well as a chance to share ideas with other parents and develop their own skills.

Gabbitas - Independent Schools Guide
A complete online directory of over 2300 schools and colleges together with an introduction to all aspects of independent education.

Independent Schools Council
The official website for UK schools accredited by the Independent Schools Council.

Learning and Teaching Scotland
Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS) provides advice, support, resources and staff development to the education community in Scotland.

National Numeracy
Useful overview of the key elements of numeracy from the parent's perspective.

The official site of the English Office for Standards in Education, including inspection reports and advice about finding a school, nursery or daycare provider.

Information and advice for parents on how to help with their child's learning including advice on choosing a school and finding childcare.

Parents in Touch
An education and information site for parents including downloadable learning resources.

Parentline Plus
ParentLine Plus provides information and advice on topics concerning everyday life.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority develops and reforms education and training in England for development.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) - EYFS
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority provides information, guidance and support material for Early years foundation stage.

Read, The Reading Agency
This site encourages children to read and offers reading group activities where users can sign up to challenges and competitions.

Special Education Matters
A free and accessible online blog focusing on Special Educational Needs. Featuring free, printable resources for parents, carers and teachers.

Teaching Your Child
This site provides advice and support for parents and carers on how to develop their child's learning during the early years.

The Communication Trust
Free phonics guidance and factsheets for children with SEN or speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

The National Strategies, Department for Children, Schools and Families
The national educational strategies in England.

Welsh education and skills
The Walsh Assembly Government provides information on schools, colleges, university and vocational and work based training.

Young Minds
YoungMinds is the UK's only national charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of children and young people.

Young Minds - Parents
YoungMinds provides a helpline service to parents with a concern about their child's mental health. There's support for parents including a helpline.

Around the BBC

BBC Adult Learners
Links to free BBC resources suitable for adult learners - get help with computers, maths, languages and more.

BBC Bitesize
Bitesize offers revision resources and help for children sitting exams at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 including GCSE, the Scottish Standards Grade and Highers of the Welsh TGAV.

BBC CBeebies
CBeebies is for pre-school children to explore with their parents. Content has been developed around Early Learning Goals and includes: stories, colour and make activities, songs, recipes and printable star charts, as sites for all the CBeebies programmes and a Grown-ups area for parents.

BBC CBeebies Grown-ups
CBeebies is for parents and carers of pre-school children.

BBC CBeebies: Something Special
Something Special is for children with special educational needs. Activities on the site can be accessed using either a mouse or the spacebar, and a section on sign language is included.

BBC Learning English
Free short courses, quizzes, grammar, vocabulary, audio and video for those learning English as a second language.

BBC Learning Zone Broadband
Learning Zone Broadband Class Clips provides rich audio-visual material primarily designed for use in schools and colleges, however you might find it useful to watch these video clips with your child, particularly if you're helping them with some area of their learning.

BBC Music - Parents
This site is packed with features and information for parents to support their children in learning and enjoying music.

BBC News - School League Tables
A comprehensive guide to the league tables for primary and secondary schools in England.

BBC Parenting
BBC Parenting provides information, support and expert help. The site offers interactive features, including the popular Pregnancy Calculator and messageboards where parents can exchange views, stories, worries and ideas.

BBC Radio4 Learning Curve Archive
Programmes on educational subjects from phonics to tuition fees.

BBC Schools Games Machine
The Schools Games Machine enables children and parents to search for learning games across by age group and subject. The 'fruit machine' search is designed to be fun and easy even for young or less confident users.

BBC Schools Parents
BBC Schools offers a wealth of educational sites for children from 4-19 years. The site offers online games, activities and printable worksheets for use by children, parents and all those who work with children. Search for individual sites by age group and subject or read the articles for advice and links.

BBC Schools Programme Guide
The Schools Programme Guide provides full listings of all BBC Schools radio and TV shows. Users can search by age, subject or programme name. Details of content and broadcast times are provided for each programme.

BBC Schools Radio
BBC School Radio provides programmes to support teaching across a wide range of primary curriculum areas. The programmes offer a flexible, convenient resource with learning outcomes which carefully target curriculum objectives. This site is primarily aimed at teachers but ypu may find it useful to listen to with your child.

BBC Skillswise
Helping adults to improve their reading, writing and maths skills.

BBC Student Life
Student Life has support for revision, homework and personal issues for 11-16s. There are messageboards dedicated to school issues and careers and choices, as well as a board for students to debate hot topics. There's also a book club where students can apply to receive and review books for the site, interviews from authors and reviewers, and a message board to discuss the books they've read. Each message board is premoderated, so parents can be sure the content will be age-appropriate, relevant and safe.

BBC Webwise
The BBC's guide to using the internet, including advice for those new to using a computer together with information about viruses and security, browsing the web, keeping children safe online, plug-ins, interactive TV and more.

BBC Wales
Educational resources aimd at a welsh audience.

The official home of CBBC. Play games, watch clips, chat and explore all the CBBC websites. There are also popular children's message boards.

CBBC Grownups Guide
Advice for parents and carers on how to use the CBBC website.

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