What will the focus be for learning and teaching during children and young people' time in school? Will it be on core areas like numeracy and literacy?
In the first few weeks, learning and teaching will have a focus on Health and Wellbeing/Nurture, Literacy and Numeracy. We will also focus on relationships and reconnecting, providing opportunities to reflect on learning at home and determining next steps in learning. School staff will be aiming to offer a full curriculum as soon as it is possible to do so.
How will children be given the opportunity from August to learn at their own pace?
Teachers will work with their classes to plan and adapt the curriculum based on their assessments, to meet their children and young people' needs. Our teachers are skilled in planning learning to meet the wide range of children’s needs. We will also provide further support should it be required.
How will the school day balance out academic and social aspects of school?
Children and young people will work in classrooms alongside their peers and learning and social experiences will be planned for by teachers and school staff in line with relevant guidance.
What about other school activities, like sports and music clubs?
Extra activities will be reintroduced following the latest Scottish Government guidance when it is possible to do so.
Will parents' evenings still take place?
Your child's teachers will continue to update you on their progress, but it's likely that face to face meetings such as parents' evenings may happen in different ways. Your child's school will contact you to let you know what these new arrangements are.
How will Instrumental Music Service tuition be delivered?
We are working closely with Head Teachers and schools and the aspiration is to have our instructors back in schools as soon as it is safe to do so. Health and safety will be the priority in the risk assessment of our activities and we will make every effort to offer continuity of lessons for our children and young people. Lessons may initially be via Google Meets and we will be in touch with those who have registered for lessons as soon as possible with more information regarding how this will work. We are very excited about the virtual collaborations and opportunities for our children and young people we have planned during this academic year.
How will re-opening affect Visiting Specialists, health professionals and other visitors?
Head Teachers are planning in dialogue with visiting specialists and health professionals that support children and young people in our schools how they continue to offer support whilst minimising the numbers of staff moving between schools and restricting visitors to the building, including parents. It may mean that some contact is done remotely in the first instance rather than face to face.
What additional teachers and support staff have been engaged to support learning and teaching from August?
There is an expectation that all staff can return to work except in exceptional circumstances (health related issues/pregnancy/self-isolation) but we recognise that we will need additional staff to support our schools as they re-open. The Scottish Government is providing additional funding for additional teaching and support staff.
Building confidence in staff to return is key through our robust risk assessments, health and safety procedures and increased cleaning regimes.