Education Scotland announces a range of additional resources to help parents support their children's learning at home

Education Scotland, the national improvement agency for education, has today (Thursday 14 May) announced a range of additional resources to support parents with providing learning at home, and to deliver continuity for learners across Scotland.

Education Scotland’s Chief Executive has commended parents for their work to support learning since the closure of schools in March. Working closely with its wide networks to determine the tailored support, advice and resources which would be most beneficial for helping parents and practitioners at this time, Education Scotland has announced it will:

  • create a resource bank of learning activities aimed at a variety of ages which will be created and uploaded on a weekly basis;
  • introduce a new weekly newsletter for parents with a range of learning activities;
  • introduce a new weekly newsletter for educators to share good practice from partners, learning activities, the range of support available and approaches for learning taking place across Scotland;
  • deliver a range of webinars and support sessions for practitioners focusing on learning, teaching and assessment to support young people to continue with their learning and make progress;
  • continue to develop and provide guidance on the effective use of Glow.

This additional support bolsters the offering already available from Education Scotland which includes a bank of online resources featuring collated materials across curriculum areas and sectors, a range of webinars to help practitioners get the most of out of Glow, and practical advice and tips for parents through the Parents’ Club online resource and the Parentzone Scotland website.

In the coming weeks Education Scotland will be sharing more learning activities to support young people in the senior phase.

In response to the closure of schools, Education Scotland immediately took a number of steps to relieve the pressure on the education system including pausing all inspections and contacting all local authorities with an offer of support including to make staff available to be deployed in hubs, early years or educational establishments.

Gayle Gorman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Chief Executive of Education Scotland, said: “I am very impressed with the range of excellent work which parents and carers across the country have been doing to adapt to the school closures and the move to learning at home, and I want to thank them for helping to ensure that learning can continue during this unprecedented period of global disruption.

“Whilst we recognise that it is difficult to learn when faced with such uncertainty and challenging circumstances, we want to ensure that as far as possible children and young people have access to a broad range of learning experiences during the school closures in Term 4 and that they can continue to make progress.

“It is essential that both parents and practitioners receive the support they require to provide learning at home. Through our knowledge and experience of successful observed practice we have developed a range of additional resources, which will complement the exceptional work already taking place across Scotland, with lots of ideas and suggestions to help parents and practitioners deliver learning activities suitable for a variety of ages.

“The broad range of approaches we have announced today have been developed by engaging with practitioners and also our staff with school-age children to understand the tailored support that they need most during this time. This builds upon the support already available in response to school closures, and is driven by our shared commitment to providing the very best for our children and young people.

“From Education Scotland, to local authorities and teachers, we all have responsibilities for helping Scotland’s children and young people to continue learning at home. It has been and must continue to be a collective effort across Scotland’s education system and we will continue to monitor this ever-changing situation and adapt our approach as necessary to ensure that we are supporting parents and practitioners as effectively as possible.”

Education Secretary John Swinney said: “Families are doing their very best to juggle the demands of a very challenging situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, and so many parents have been successful in continuing some form of learning at home.

“The new resources from Education Scotland will give parents access to a greater choice of high quality, age appropriate learning materials to support their children’s learning, help keep them engaged in their school work and support their wellbeing.”