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Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for continuity in learning

Published: 30 Jul 2020
Last updated: 25 Mar 2021 - see all updates

Guidance to help local authorities, early learning centres and schools continue to support children and young people's learning during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for continuity in learning
Home learning

Home learning

Those who had been getting extra help at school but who have had to learn from home in the recent period may have found it particularly challenging to learn while at home. Structure is important for many children and young people who have additional support needs. The change to their routine and worries about the situation puts additional pressure on parents and carers.

Some children and young people who may be considered to be vulnerable may have already returned to school, whilst others may be continuing to learn at home. Information should be shared at the earliest stage, respecting parents’ views and taking account of the changing circumstances which may affect the ability of some parents and carers to support their children’s learning at home.

Local authorities should look to identify and offer suitable support to families and carers who may be facing these additional challenges. Throughout the period of remote learning, schools, local authorities and Scottish Government have sought to continue their work to support digital inclusion through the provision of funding to provide devices and connectivity. Many schools and local authorities have sought to find additional or alternative solutions such as physical home learning packs.

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First published: 30 Jul 2020 Last updated: 25 Mar 2021 -