East Lothian Council’s Chief Operating Officer for Education Lesley Brown has issued some words of encouragement for county families undertaking home-based learning.
The changes that have happened in the last few weeks are unprecedented and every one will deal with that in their own way, and at different times.
Ms Brown said: “We’ve been really encouraged by the move to digital learning amongst our school communities. Our schools will continue to support their children, including those who may not have digital access, and think of innovative ways to deliver their classes so that children can continue with their learning. We all recognise that there has to be flexibility around this and that it may be challenging at the moment to combine home working with home learning.
“This is an opportunity to move learning beyond the classroom and to recognise the value in a range of settings including outdoor activities within the current guidelines, cooking or craft, sharing a book or film together. It could also be a chance to gather family memories and history by speaking with grandparents and other relatives over the phone or online. This is not necessarily a short-term arrangement so it’s important that you find a way that works for your household and can be sustained in the weeks ahead.
Ms Brown also stressed the importance of providing emotional support and stability for children and young people, saying: “The changes that have happened in the last few weeks are unprecedented and every one will deal with that in their own way, and at different times. It’s important that families are able to take the time that they need to process the changes in routines and structures, and to deal with the resulting pressures.
“The Government is asking that we all remain at home just now; simply by following that advice you’re doing the most important thing you can for your family.”