We created this section on our website to help you keep track of how the latest Scottish Government coronavirus guidance may affect additional support for learning. We keep it updated as things change so it is a good idea to check back regularly.
Children in nursery and primary school aged children in P1-P3 are back to their full normal hours of in person learning. A limited number of high school pupils in S4-S6 are also able to attend school part time, if they need to complete essential practical work for their national qualifications that they cannot do at home.
This means many children and young people with additional support needs are still currently learning at home due to coronavirus. For example, their year group may not have returned to school yet, or they may be following shielding guidance or have been advised by their doctor not to attend school.
Whether your child is now back to school full time, part time, or they are yet to return – schools should still be trying to support their pupils with additional support needs. In this section of our website we have:
- tried to answer some of the main questions and concerns families have been raising with us about their child’s education and support during coronavirus
- explained some changes to the law on additional support for learning
- explained the plans for exams and course assessments for 2020/21.
As we come out of lockdown, the Scottish Government have set out 5 coronavirus protection levels (0 – 4) that can be used nationally or locally, depending on the prevalence of the virus across Scotland. Your child’s education and support for learning may be affected in different ways, depending on what the coronavirus protection level is in your local area. You can find this out level your local area is in on the Scottish Government website.
If you have a question that we have not answered in the sections below, or if you have other concerns about your child’s additional support for learning, please get in touch with our helpline. We will listen to your concerns and do our best to answer any questions you may have.
Our website for children and young people, Reach, has lots of information and advice for your child about their learning and support during coronavirus which is also updated regularly.