Guidance to support home learning published
As remote learning is set to get underway for the majority of school pupils from Monday, Education Scotland has published supporting guidance for teachers and families.
Schools are closed to all but the children of key workers and the most vulnerable until at least February 1 in response to the upsurge in COVID-19 cases.
The guidance has been created in partnership through the Education Recovery Group and sets out a shared understanding of the key principles of remote learning, the support and resources available for teachers and families and what children and young people are entitled to.
This is in addition to remote learning guidance already produced by local authorities for schools to plan and prepare.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “Our national e-learning offer, launched in June 2020, is already strengthening the remote and e-learning option available to schools. All authorities and schools in Scotland are already able to access to live, recorded and supported learning resources, while more than 50,000 devices such as laptops have been distributed to children and young people to help with remote learning.
“I am grateful for the huge amount of work that has already been done to prepare for next week and more is being done in order to continuously improve the national remote learning offer. This guidance sets out a range of entitlements for children and young people during the period of remote learning. It highlights the importance of achieving an appropriate balance of live learning and independent activity and an entitlement to ongoing dialogue, reflection and feedback with teachers.”