Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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 07 April 2021: PDF file: COVID-19 pandemic: physical education guidelines - version 12 (636 KB)

Home economics - Published 7 April 2021: PDF file: COVID-19 pandemic: home economics guidelines - version 5 (466 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.

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

Published 17 February: SSERC COVID-19 and practical work

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

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Expressive arts

Art and design, and photography - Published 12 April 2021: PDF file: COVID-19 pandemic: art and design and photography guidelines - version 3 (249 KB)

Dance - Published 7 April 2021: PDF file: COVID-19 pandemic: dance guidelines - version 8 (681 KB)

Drama - Published 12 April 2021: PDF file: COVID-19 pandemic: drama guidelines - version 4.1 (201 KB)

Music - Published 7 April 2021: PDF file: COVID-19 pandemic: music guidelines - version 2.4 (443 KB)

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