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How coronavirus is affecting additional support for learning in Scotland

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.

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 attending school and nursery during coronavirus
  • explained some changes to the law on additional support for learning
  • explained the plans for exams and course assessments for 2020/21.

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 out the 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.

You can also keep up to date with the latest developments on Twitter and Facebook.

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.

In this section, we will answer questions about health and safety, and the support your child should now be getting from their school or nursery. Our answers are all based on Scottish Government guidance.

If you have a question that we have not answered in the sections below, or if you have other concerns about returning to school or nursery, please get in touch with our helpline. We will listen to your concerns and do our best to answer any questions you may have.

During coronavirus, some changes were made to timescales for responding to placing requests and the way that education appeal committees and the Additional Support Needs Tribunal operate. This section summarises these changes.

While there has been progress in suppressing coronavirus in Scotland, it is likely that over the coming months there will be ups and downs, with some parts of Scotland seeing outbreaks, while other areas have lower numbers of people getting the virus.

If coronavirus cases start to rise in your local area, and more safety measures and restrictions are required to supress the spread of the virus, this may increasingly impact on your child’s education.

In this section we’ll explain what this impact might mean for your child’s learning and support.

In this section we have summarised some of the key information we know so far about exams and course assessments in 2020/21 and how these will be affected by coronavirus.

In this section we will explain how you can continue to work together with your child’s school or nursery while there are still some restrictions in place due to coronavirus, including changes to how meetings about your child’s support might happen.

All schools are expected to now be open again with most pupils attending full time.

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 out what level your local area is in on the Scottish Government website below.

Different local authorities will have different measures in place for keeping their pupils and staff safe. As well as the local protection level, these measures may vary because of things like the size and layout of particular schools, and how pupils travel to and from school in the area.

Schools and local authorities should be doing their best to update parents on local developments and plans for your child’s education and support. It may be helpful to start by looking at your local authority’s website for updates if you are not sure what is happening in your area. If your child’s school has a website or newsletter it may be helpful to check these too. If you are not able to find the information you are looking for, get in touch with the school.


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