Carol Vorderman is giving free maths lessons during school closures

Elena Chabo
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From Good Housekeeping

Settling into new routines following school closures and the advice to work from home where possible, many parents have stepped into the role of teacher.

Now as a nation of home-schoolers, unexpected heroes have been stepping in to help.

David Walliams is offering daily audio stories for free, Joe Wicks has taken care of PE and The Ballet Coach has everyone pointing their toes.

To add to the new exciting syllabus, national treasure Carol Vorderman has made her Maths Factor online learning site completely free during the coronavirus school closures.

The site released a statement telling parents, "Following the Government’s decision to implement widespread school closures across the UK to minimise the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we will be making The Maths Factor FREE for everyone (usually about £2 per week) to support children's continued learning at home for the duration of the UK schools closure period. We want to help you and your child as much as we can."

The site serves 4 to 12 year olds and their parents. It's matched to the national curriculum and works through daily video sessions, all led by Carol herself, combined with games, rewards and printable work sheets.

They took the site down briefly on Tuesday (24 March) in order to increase their database and upgrade servers as nearly half a million parents tried to register and overwhelmed the site.

Word of mouth spreads fast and parents and children are loving the service.

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