10 great sites for free and low-cost resources

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Want to innovate on a budget? It’s ideal to know where you can find fantastic resources at a low (or no) cost. Here, in no particular order, are 10 terrific places to start...

1. Teachit Maths - www.teachitmaths.co.uk

The Bath-based Maths specialists boast hundreds of teaching resources. What’s more, their free membership gives access to all the website’s PDF resources...

2. BT STEM Crew - www.stemcrew.co.uk

Taking inspiration from the America’s Cup, this free digital learning programme sees students - aged 11 to 16 - using films, interactive activities and worksheets to dive into areas such as:

  • High-performance nutrition.
  • Practical applications of mathematics.
  • State-of-the-art design materials.

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3. Active History - www.activehistory.co.uk

Russel Tarr - International School of Toulouse’s head of History - runs this one-stop-shop for all things historic. A wide variety of popular resources (simulations, sourcework assignments and even playlists) ensure that you’ll be covered, and many of them won’t cost you a penny / aureus.

4. betty for schools - www.bettyforschools.co.uk

It’s time to end the stigma around periods, and betty is a great place to start. The organisation, which is about to celebrate its first birthday, provides free PSHE Association-accredited online resources (including film, animation, interactive activities and supporting print materials) that teachers can use to educate pupils about menstruation in a fun, approachable manner - no matter their gender.

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5. Twinkl - www.twinkl.co.uk

Be it through their extensive catalogue of excellent resources, or from their thermos mugs (a TeachMeet mainstay), you’ve probably heard of Twinkl. You can become a member free-of-charge, and plenty of the fantastic downloadables won’t cost anything more than a few seconds of your time.

6. A Tale Unfolds - www.ataleunfolds.co.uk

With “£0.00 per class excl. VAT” a regular price tag on their website, the A Tale Unfolds crew are all about enhancing literacy progress and improve digital skills through filmmaking fun. What’s more, they’re currently backing Straws Suck, a vital campaign seeking to ban plastic straws for good.

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7. Penguin Schools - www.penguin.co.uk/puffin/penguin-schools

“Pick up a Penguin” may relate to a somewhat moreish chocolate bar (we may be showing our age there), but the phrase could easily be applied to classroom resources. Penguin Schools’ free treats “encourage children to explore storylines, get to know characters, examine language use and establish a lifelong love of reading along the way!”

8. Mark Anderson - www.ictevangelist.com/free-resources

Not only does Mark Anderson spend his time visiting schools worldwide to help with matters such as effective edtech use - he also creates free resources! From STEAM iPad apps to a beginner’s guide to edu-Twitter, this is a great website for the whole school.

9. Premier League Primary Stars - www.plprimarystars.com

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This initiative provides free resources for subjects ranging from PE, to PSHE, to Maths, to English. Premier League Primary Stars is all about using the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. What’s more, schools can apply to receive free kit and equipment.

10. Lee Parkinson - www.mrparkinsonict.blogspot.co.uk

A man of seemingly limitless ideas, Lee Parkinson is forever sharing fantastic resources, blog posts and walkthroughs with the education community. He’s also not afraid to jump in front of the camera to provide us with an enthusiastic, pedagogic soliloquy, as his Facebook page shows.

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