Last Updated: Thursday, June 09, 2022

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.

All versions below are the most up-to-date and all remain current. Older versions are removed to archive.

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 22 November 2021: PDF file: COVID-19 pandemic: physical education guidelines - version 15 (166 KB)

Home economics - Published 5 August 2021: PDF file: COVID-19 pandemic: home economics guidelines - version 6 (193 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 a FAQ section, and include health and safety advice on cleaning practical equipment.

Current as of December 2021:

Published 13 April 2021: SSERC COVID-19 back to school guidance

Published 17 February 2021: SSERC COVID-19 and practical work

Published 17 February 2021: SSERC guidance for school technicians on returning to school after lockdown

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Expressive arts

Art and design, and photography - Published 22 November 2021: PDF file: COVID-19 pandemic: art and design and photography guidelines - version 4 (244 KB)

Dance - Published 22 November 2021: PDF file: COVID-19 pandemic: dance guidelines - version 10 (179 KB)

Drama - Published 22 November 2021: PDF file: COVID-19 pandemic: drama guidelines - version 6 (208 KB)

Music - Published 16 December 2021: PDF file: COVID-19 pandemic: music guidelines - version 5 (153 KB)

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