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Coronavirus (COVID-19): school re-opening arrangements for January 2021

Published: 21 Jan 2021
Last updated: 21 Jan 2021 - see all updates

Guidance for schools, local authorities and parents setting out plans for a phased start to the spring term 2021.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): school re-opening arrangements for January 2021
Remote learning

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Remote learning support

The guidance on reducing risks in schools includes guidance on contingency planning. The advice is based on the assumption that practitioners know their learners best, and can arrange learning which is appropriate to the needs and circumstances of their learners. It should also be assumed that learners will know what they are to do when remote learning and that parents/carers are fully informed of the contingency plans in place. All schools and local authorities should therefore have well-developed plans for remote learning. These should be reviewed as early as possible to ensure they are current and appropriate for fully remote learning, and updated as required.

Updated guidance on remote learning has been prepared by Education Scotland, in partnership with the COVID-19 Education Recovery Group, to support practitioners in leading remote learning in the coming weeks. The advice sets out a shared understanding and expectations of what remote learning means for schools and settings across Scotland. Practitioners will be able to apply this understanding to their own specific context and use it as a basis for professional engagement and development.

Resources to support remote learning in non-school settings have been developed within local authorities, through Education Scotland and Regional Improvement Collaboratives, including national initiatives and partnerships.

A variety of options may be considered. These may include, for example, written work, online tasks using Glow or Google Classroom, access to live lessons through Glow (for example, by communicating through the chat function or through live video links with learners), or access to recorded lessons. Practitioners know their learners best, and should be arranging learning which is appropriate to their needs and circumstances.

Education Scotland, e-Sgoil, ADES and Regional Improvement Collaboratives have worked very closely with all 32 local authorities to strengthen the overall national offer of support for e-learning through partnership working. This offer includes access to live, recorded and supported learning resources as part of the National e-Learning Offer.

  • Live – e-Sgoil has been widening access to a range of programmes covering ages 3 to 18 since August 2020 augmenting the work of classroom teachers across the country. The first example of this was in August 2020, when e-Sgoil announced a package of free, live, interactive online after school study webinars for senior phase pupils starting 7 September.
  • RecordedTeachers in the West Partnership and Tayside have developed a series of over 600 recorded lessons for BGE and senior phase. These recorded lessons are available through Glow by local authorities signing up to ClickView, free of charge.
  • Supported – Teachers in their subject networks have shared and developed resources for online access and use. Nearly 14,000 supported resources are available across 14 subjects.  The materials have been developed by teachers for teachers and are available through Glow.

As a further aspect to its national offer, Education Scotland's Scotland Learns provides additional learning at home activities.

The e-Sgoil provision is one part of the wider national offer of e-learning support, and can respond to requests for additional support from local authorities.

A Lockdown Live programme was put in place week beginning 11 January and will run until the end of this current period of restrictions. Live sessions for primary, S1 to S3 and the senior phase will run at set times each day. The Early Years (including P1) learning space is available at any time. In addition, 10 of the existing senior phase study support webinars are now available during the day and a programme for Gaelic Medium and Gaelic Learners is in place.

E-Sgoil programmes are in place for Early Level and for First to Third/Fourth Levels BGE. The programmes are designed to complement the curriculum and remote learning being provided by schools and local authorities across Scotland. The programmes are developed iteratively, in collaboration with schools and partners, building on what works. They will adapt and change in response to need.

Live lessons for secondary BGE are delivered in a rolling series of four, two-week programmes, catering directly for teachers and young people self-isolating. Programme details and timetables are available on the e-Sgoil website.

A refreshed Senior Phase daytime provision will be available from 11 January 2021 taking account of changed guidance and arrangements from SQA. This senior phase offer is live on the e-Sgoil website.

Study support sessions are currently running in th early evening for young people in the senior phase and will continue to do so in response to demand. The following subjects are available via the e-Sgoil Senior Phase study support offer:

National 5 (4)

Higher (13)

Advanced Higher (8)

Mathematics

Physics

English

Computing Science

Applications of mathematics (from w/c 25/1)

Geography (from w/c 25/1)

Drama (from w/c 25/1)

Physics

Chemistry

Mathematics

English

Business Management

Health and Food Technology

History

Graphic Communication (from w/c 25/1)

Music

Spanish

French

Gaelic learners

Gàidhlig
Religious, moral and philosophical studies

Human Biology

Engineering Science (from w/c 25/1)

Design and Manufacture (from w/c 25/1)

Biology

Chemistry

English

French

Mathematics

Modern Studies

Physics

Spanish

In addition, the National Improvement Hub provides learning resources, webinars and links to Glow Connect, a resource where teachers can to get information, help and support for Glow. Regional Improvement Collaborative Partnerships of local authorities have further information and support on Curriculum and blended learning for teachers which can be accessed through Glow. Live and recorded webinars and blogs for practitioners with advice on learning and teaching online and on making the best use of digital platforms continue to be made available through digilearn.scot. Further innovative work is underway via the regional improvement collaboratives.

Local authorities and schools should continue the work they have been undertaking in relation to tackling digital exclusion. This includes the provision of devices and connectivity solutions to support educational continuity when children and young people are learning outside of the school environment. This local activity is supplemented by the Scottish Government’s £25m investment in digital devices and connectivity solutions designed to combat digital exclusion in school-aged children and young people.


First published: 21 Jan 2021 Last updated: 21 Jan 2021 -