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Home schooled children to benefit from 'Study Buddy Club'

Closed classrooms doesn't stop 'hands on' educational training at the University Portsmouth

This week the University of Portsmouth is piloting bespoke educational study sessions for staff with young children aged 7-11 years old.

The Study Buddy Club is open to all University of Portsmouth staff, who are classed as critical workers but often find their children are unable to attend school due to pressure on school capacity.

University employees from all parts of the university are taking up the opportunity to use the Study Buddy Club to support home schooling giving parents the opportunity to work from home, knowing their children have some supervision.

Dr Catherine Carroll- Meehan, Head of School of Education and Sociology, University of Portsmouth said: "This club is not a replacement for school or any online lessons a child’s school is providing. The club is there to provide children with some extra support to help them with their learning as well as an opportunity to meet and engage with other children virtually. Through this we hope that it will support parents combining work with home-schooling."

How it works:

  • We will be running three sessions a day Monday to Friday

  • Sessions times are 9am, 11am and 1.30pm

  • The sessions will be 90 minutes long

  • You can book your child to one session or a number during the week, whatever works best for you and your child


  • Each group will be led by two students (under supervision) who would normally be undertaking placements within an educational setting

  • The group leaders will support your child with their existing school work

  • Where there is little or no structured school work the group leaders will be delivering engaging activities that will complement the child’s learning and development

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