Virtual school

From Monday 23 March, until further notice, Teesdale School and Sixth Form is operating virtually, to minimise disruption to students' education as much as possible during this difficult and unprecedented time. We are therefore providing links to useful learning resources which students can use at home.

Teesdale School virtual school logo

We will be setting work for students to complete via POD. Your son/daughter has received a letter with their password and instructions on how to log into POD. They have all been given a tutorial on how to log in and find the work they need to complete. We will also be directing students to a range of on-line resources such as Seneca Learning, Educake and Hegarty Maths.

For students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, we are also providing a blank exercise book for each student, to ensure they can complete work as neatly as they would in school.

Students - what you should do:

  • It is really important for your future to keep working hard and follow the school routine as far as you can.
  • Log on to your school email at least twice a day, at 08:50am and 12:55pm, to check for messages from teachers and make sure you understand what work you need to complete. You can do this by clicking the ‘Office 365’ link, accessed at the top of our webpage Student POD is also available via Share Point on the same office page.
  • Follow your normal timetable as much as possible.
  • Complete all work to the best of your ability and as neatly as possible. Use the exercise book provided where appropriate.
  • Some staff will also be using classcharts.

IT / online learning help:

  • We have shown you how to log on and given you a letter with your log in details and instructions on how to log into POD.
  • If you have any IT queries, you can email and someone will aim to respond to you as quickly as possible. The email must be sent from your school email account in order for it to be recognised to enable the helpdesk to respond.

Parents/carers - what you can do:

  • You can support your son/daughter by encouraging them to follow the school timetable. This will provide structure and a familiar routine.

Pastoral support:

  • If at any point you need advice/guidance on pastoral issues or safeguarding concerns, please email This email will be checked regularly and support will be provided as required.
  • If you have a safeguarding concern of an immediate nature, please call First Contact on 03000 267979 or the Police on 101.

English resources

Audible - Free stories

Shakespeare Week - Home learning for 11-14 year olds

Twinkl - Key Stage 3 SPaG resources

David Walliams - The World's Worst Children free audio story

The Guardian's top 10 novels for young adults

Burts Drama - Script writing lessons 

The Wind in the Willows musical

British Council

BBC Bitesize

BBC Script Library

Toy Theatre - Educational games

Educational Quizzes

Coronavirus explained for children by Nosy Crow


National Online Safety 

National Online Safety (NOS) have published lots of helpful information and tips for staying safe online. NOS also have handy guides on popular apps such as TikTok, Snapchat and Netflix as well as advice and guidance for remote learning.

You can find a selection of the guides below...

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