The mother of Britain’s biggest family is bracing for the almighty challenge of home schooling her giant brood of children during the latest lockdown.
Sue Radford along with her husband Noel have a veritable army of children – with 22 sons and daughters together.
The married couple are parents to Chris, 30, Sophie, 26, Chloe, 25, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Luke, 19, Millie, 19, Katie, 17, James, 16, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, eight, Casper, seven, Hallie, four, Phoebe, three, Archie, two, and Bonnie, one and Heidi Rose, five months.
And the pair are also grandparents to five other children after some of their older children started having families of their own.
With the UK in lockdown as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the country – prompting the closure of schools last week.
Now 45-year-old Sue has discussed the challenges ahead of running her family bakery business with 48-year-old husband Noel while also trying to home-school five primary school-age children and three of the younger teenagers they have.
Opening up about the challenges in a YouTube video titled Lockdown With 19 Kids and Homeschooling – Send Help!, Sue said: "I have got Josh saying 'I haven't got my planner,' I said 'I'll log you onto Your Learning because you can do it on the laptop today because Tillie and Ammie have their workbooks'.
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"However, Josh did not have his workbook which has his log in details in, because he mistakenly thought he couldn't bring it home."
She went on to detail a number of trials and triumphs as Aimee was able to assist with Josh’s logging in issues by being able to share her own, but nine-year-old Tillie was disheartened to discover her school was delayed in assigning work via her own log-in portal.
The video gave fans of the family an insight into the challenges of having a large number of passwords to remember as confusion ensued while the school of Oscar, Casper, Hallie and Phoebe was branded “brilliant” by the family after they loaned technology to them so they could continue with learning.
Speaking to camera, Sue said: "You guys need to wish me luck, because I'm not a teacher, I feel like this is not going to go well.
"But we're like everyone else, we're going to have to do our best.”
Schools are expected to remain closed in parts of the UK until at least mid-February following the announcement of fresh lockdowns last week.
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The tough measures have been imposed after Covid deaths in the UK increased – with figures later this week showing fatalities had topped 1,000 per day.
Hospitalisations and positive test results have also increased in recent weeks following the discovery of newer, more infectious strains of the virus.
Some hope has emerged among the darkness, however, as more vaccines have been approved for use in the UK to prevent future infections, and newer drugs have also been approved to help treat those who are infected.
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