New guide issued to parents and pupils as lockdown continues

The advice has been issued to help children's learning as the education secretary said schools will remain closed indefinitely.

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New guidance for learning at home has been issued to help children and parents while schools remained closed as part of the coronavirus lockdown measures.

At the start of the new school term, the Scottish Government has produced a guide detailing the support and online resources available for pupils to study at home.

It includes support for children with digital learning, resources for teachers and information about where parents can get help.

Announcing the new guidance, education secretary John Swinney said schools will remain closed indefinitely and thanked all those involved in helping children learn from home.

Mr Swinney said: “Given the unprecedented circumstances, we cannot predict when schools in Scotland will reopen.

“However, our focus is that while schools are closed learning continues – and we all have a role to play.

“Local authorities, schools, teachers and practitioners know their learners really well and have shown extraordinary dedication and professionalism in adapting and making decisions in the best interests of the children and young people.”

He added: “While we do not expect teachers, parents and families to replicate schools or classrooms, we are committed to working with all partners in Scotland’s education system to protect pupils’ well-being, and ensure learning can continue in an appropriate way, wherever possible.

“The guidance is aimed at those working in our education system.

“We are working closely with the National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) on further advice, aimed specifically at parents and carers, which will be published in the coming days.”

Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) general secretary Larry Flanagan said: “This acknowledgement of the work being undertaken by teachers and schools is welcome, as is the commitment to provide further support to parents, pupils and teachers across an unprecedented period of extended closure.

“The EIS also welcomes the recognition that supporting the health and well-being of pupils and staff is a critical aim as, without that, maintaining engagement with education at any level becomes even more difficult.” 

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