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New guidance issued to support home learning

By Ali Morrison

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New guidance to support the home learning of children and young people during the new term has been issued by the Scottish Government.

It aims to build on the work that has already been carried out by teachers and education professionals across the country to support learning at home, as well as existing advice and resources.

The guidance covers three main areas:

  • Learning and teaching at home – this includes support for digital learning, children who are likely to be disproportionately impacted, and learners with additional support needs
  • Parental involvement and engagement – this includes details of local and national support and how local authorities/schools will require a different approach to being updated on a child’s development
  • Support for teachers and school leaders – including advice on learning resources, supporting pupils’ and staff health and wellbeing, and advice on leading colleagues and teams

Deputy First Minister John 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.

“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’ wellbeing, 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 on further advice, aimed specifically at parents and carers, which will be published in the coming days.”

Education Scotland's chief executive Gayle Gorman said: “Moving into the summer term, practitioners, learners and their families will be preparing for more learning at home. Education Scotland is working with partners, prepared and ready to support all who are working with our learners across Scotland.”

Larry Flanagan, general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, 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 wellbeing 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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