Homeschooling support available for families

The Scottish Government has published new guidance to help families now homeschooling their children due to the impact of coronavirus.

Monday, 20th April 2020, 3:00 pm
Learning continues during the coronavirus lockdown

The new guidance, which builds upon a significant amount of work and resources already provided by teaching professionals, covers three main areas, namely learning and teaching at home, parental involvement and engagement, and support for teachers and school leaders.

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 (NPFS) on further advice, aimed specifically at parents and carers, which will be published in the coming days.”

Education Scotland chief executive Gayle Gorman added: “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.”

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.”

Families seeking help with homeschooling should visit https://education.gov.scot/parentzone.