Help & Support for Parents
Using X Box or Playstation to access remote education
Accessing remote learning. An alternative method of accessing remote learning during times of lockdown. This may be helpful in households that are sharing one device between children or do not have an alternate digital device.
- Plug a keyboard into the X Box USB slot on the front or back.
- Press the Xbox button top-centre of a game controller and go to “My games & apps” in the side menu.
- Click on “See all”, scroll down to “Apps” and you will see Microsoft Edge in the icons on the right-hand side. Open it.
- Type in the web address of your remote learning platform and log in as you would on a PC
- You can then access your work as you would on a laptop.
- You can either use an Xbox controller to move the cursor or a separate USB mouse plugged into one of the other ports.
Playstation (PS4 & PS5)
- The PlayStation 4 has its own web browser that is easy to find on the PlayStation 4 (in the content menu as an icon with WWW written on it). However, it’s currently a bit trickier on PS5, as there is no way to open the browser natively. Instead, you can open the System Settings, then the User Guide. This will open up an online user manual inside a web browser page so you only have to change the URL at the top. Otherwise, the rest of the steps are the same.
- Plug a wired keyboard and/or mouse into the USB ports on the PS4 or PS5 – each console should recognise them.
- In the URL bar of the browser, type classroom.google.com and then log in using the details provided by your child’s school.
- You can now access your remote platform.
Online ‘how to guides’ link: How to access home learning on PS4 and Xbox One | TechRadar
In some cases pupils might not be able to do everything they can on a laptop or PC, but they can, at the very least, access remote platforms such as Teams and Google Classrooms and see what work your teacher has assigned. Pupils can also access YouTube for pre-recorded lessons and other remote education such as BBC Live and Oak national Academy.
Wiltshire Council Family and Community Learning Team
Wiltshire Council Family and Community Learning Team are providing providing a range of online courses for parents including help to support children with remote learning.
Parents will need either a laptop, tablet or smart phone with WiFi to log in online, some enrolment criteria does apply but the team will provide further details and talk through individual circumstances.
To find out more please visit the website or contact the team via email at email@example.com, Tel: 01225 770478.
A team of qualified teachers from primary and further education backgrounds can deliver a variety of fantastic courses that fit into three broad themes:
- Helping your child’s learning - English, maths, phonics, science and online safety
- Skills for adults – Boost: courses for employability skills, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Build your Budget, English and maths to brush up skills, Emotional literacy, Smart and Early Years
- Wellbeing – Family Wellbeing, Confidence and New Directions, Helping my child with anxiety and worry / prepare for change / concentration and resilience and Transitions
They do have a criteria for accessing the courses but these can be discussed on an individual basis.
Are you concerned children will find the latest lockdown difficult? Support is available
There are a number of online resources that provide ideas on how to talk through concerns with children. Please have a look at the links below for ideas.
- Triple P UK has a parenting area with information, tips, tools and strategies for parents and carers of children and young people as well as a facebook page.
- Care for the family has specific information for parents and carers of children with additional needs as well as generic parenting information as well as a facebook page.
For support on other issues you can access On Your Mind website which provides free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. There is also a new advice page for Wiltshire parents and carers which includes practical strategies to support children with their mental health and wellbeing and also Oxford Health for further support on child mental health.
Wiltshire’s Wellbeing Hub providing support to those who need it
With national lockdown measures now in place, Wiltshire Council’s Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub is still available to anyone who is struggling during this difficult time – and will now be available on Saturdays.
The hub can help and provide support to those who perhaps don’t have a network around them, and also signpost them to where additional help is available in their local area. Hundreds of community groups, run by volunteers, are still set up across the county, providing invaluable assistance to those who need it.