Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Practical activities guidelines

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This resource provides guidelines to support safe learning and teaching in curriculum areas which involve practical activities. The guidelines have been prepared by Education Scotland, working with teachers and other partners.

Guidelines are available for the following curriculum areas and will be revised and updated as necessary. We recommend that you check this website frequently:

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Health and wellbeing

Physical education - Published 2 November: PDF file: Covid-19 Pandemic: Physical Education guidelines - version 7 (680 KB)

Home economics - Published 2 November: PDF file: Covid-19 Pandemic: home economics guidelines - version 2 (456 KB)

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Sciences and technologies

The Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC) has prepared guidelines to support learning and teaching in the sciences and technologies, in early learning and childcare settings, in primary schools and in the secondary sciences and technologies. The guidelines will be updated as necessary through an FAQ section, and include health and safety advice on cleaning practical equipment.

Published 7 September: SSERC COVID-19 back to school guidance

Published 7 September: SSERC COVID-19 and practical work

Published 7 September: SSERC guidance for school technicians on returning to school after lockdown

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Expressive arts

Art and design, and photography - Published 9 November: PDF file: Covid-19 Pandemic: Art and design and photography guidelines - version 2.1 (635 KB)

Dance - Published 2 November: PDF file: Covid-19 Pandemic: Dance guidelines - version 3 (744 KB)

Drama - Published 23 November: PDF file: Covid-19 Pandemic: Drama guidelines - version 4 (353 KB)

Music - Published 11 November: PDF file: Covid-19 Pandemic: Music guidelines - version 2.1 (622 KB)

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