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educating children at home during Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus and additional support for learning

There have been changes to the laws on educating children with additional support needs in Scotland.

The advice found in our normal publications and on our main website may not apply while Scotland responds to the coronavirus.

Our coronavirus webpages can help you understand the current changes.

Understand what Coronavirus laws may mean for children with additional support needs in Scotland

We want to help you to understand the changes in the law that are being made during the coronavirus outbreak and what these may mean for children with additional support needs in Scotland. This is as new to us as it is to everyone else, so we may not be able to provide all the answers straight away, but we are working to find out as much as we can.

Coronavirus: info and advice about educating children during COVID-19

We aim to provide accurate, clear and up to date information and advice about any laws and guidance that apply to the education of children with additional support needs in Scotland. We are also developing a section on where you can get more information and help in educating your child at home during this difficult time.

We will be updating this page on an ongoing basis, so please come back to this page regularly and check our social media for updates. Please also send us your questions using our web enquiry form so that we know what information you are looking for.

There are lots of helpful resources out there to help you and your family through this difficult time.

We will be updating this list, but some good places to start are:

Each local authority in Scotland will be making different arrangements for their schools and nurseries, depending on what is needed in their area. Local authorities are keeping their websites up to date with information about things like:
- childcare provision for children of key workers
- arrangements for vulnerable children, including those with additional support needs
- arrangements for families who are eligible for free school meals
- help for you to educate and support your child at home.

You can find links below for information from your local authority about their arrangements.

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