It might be difficult for your child if they are not able to return to school yet, but they see their siblings, classmates or teachers back.
It is important that your child’s school thinks about what not being in school will be like for your child and considers their wellbeing. Your child’s education is unlikely to be the same as what it would be if they were attending school, however your child still has a right to an education and the school should support them to access learning.
There will likely be some changes to what your child’s additional support for learning will look like compared to when they were in school or nursery. However, if your child, for whatever reason, needs extra or different help to benefit from their learning – their school or nursery still need to offer them support based on their individual needs.
Equality laws have not changed, and local authorities, schools and nurseries still need to make sure they are treating children and young people fairly and taking an inclusive approach. There is more information in our factsheet on ‘Inclusion, equality and wellbeing.’
It’s also important to remember you are not expected to become your child’s teacher. This is a difficult time for everyone, for many different reasons, so do not put yourself under too much pressure and ask for help when you need it.
The school should continue to support your child to benefit from a broad, flexible curriculum that builds on their existing learning. If your child needs extra help to access learning at home, the school should try to provide them with the support or adjustments they need. It is important that the school and other professionals listen to your child’s views when they are arranging their out-of-school education.
In particular, if your child has complex additional support needs, personalised support should be in place to meet their individual needs. Local authorities and schools should ensure that they keep your child’s supports under constant review and monitor their learning and wellbeing.
There is information about different resources and supports available to help your child learn at home below.
Your child may also find it helpful to have a look at our website for children and young people, Reach.scot. It includes advice for pupils who are learning at home.