Last Updated: Monday, September 21, 2020

COVID-19 Return to educational establishments: Practical subject guidelines - September 2020

What is this?

The following guidelines have been prepared by Education Scotland, teachers and partners to assist with decision-making and safe implementation of practical subjects.

Who is this for?

Practitioners and local authority staff.

These documents highlight practical subjects as critical learning opportunities for Scotland’s children and young people as they heal, re-connect, and adapt on their return to school following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note - The advice is reviewed periodically and may change as evidence is published and more about the virus is understood. We recommend checking this website frequently.

Physical Education

  • This document provides safe, solution focussed strategies to ensure that children and young people can safely participate in physical education.
  • Practitioners will be able to apply these guidelines to their own specific context and use it as a basis for professional engagement and discussion

After the announcement on the 10 September by the First Minister that the plans for the re-introduction of indoor contact sports for over 12s is delayed, there will be no change to the physical education guidelines published on 7 September until further scientific advice is available. The new indicative date for this is 5 October 2020.

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Published 21 September: PDF file: Covid-19 Pandemic: Physical Education guidelines - version 4 (727 KB)

Home Economics

  • This document will assist teachers and school leaders with decision making, leading to the provision of learning through home economics in a safe and considered way.

The advice is a general set of broad guidelines in order to support the significant local variations in resource within home economics departments.

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Published 14 September: PDF file: Covid-19 Pandemic: home economics guidelines - version 1 (704 KB)

Sciences and technologies

  • SSERC has prepared guidance to support the teaching of sciences and technologies in early learning and childcare settings, primary schools and in secondary sciences and technologies departments. The guidance is being kept up to date through a frequently asked questions section and includes health and safety advice on cleaning practical equipment.

SSERC COVID-19 back to school guidance

SSERC COVID-19 and practical work

SSERC guidance for school technicians on returning to school after lockdown

Expressive Arts

The art and design and photography guidelines have been prepared by Education Scotland with support from teachers and partners. The guidelines for practitioners and local authority staff will assist with the decision making and safe implementation of drama activities for all school age learners.

The advice will be reviewed regularly and may change as evidence is published and more about the COVID 19 virus is understood.

  • This document provides safe, solution focussed advice to ensure that children and young people can participate safely in art and design and photography activities.
  • Practitioners should apply these guidelines to their own specific learning context.

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Published 21 September: PDF file: Covid-19 Pandemic: Art and design and photography guidelines - version 1 (731 KB)

The dance guidelines have been prepared by Education Scotland with support from teachers and partners. The guidelines for practitioners and local authority staff will assist with the decision making and safe implementation of dance activities for all school age learners.

The advice will be reviewed regularly and may change as evidence is published and more about the COVID 19 virus is understood.

  • This document provides safe, solution focussed strategies to ensure that children and young people can safely participate in dance.
  • Practitioners will be able to apply these guidelines to their own specific context and use it as a basis for professional engagement and discussion.

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Published 21 September: PDF file: Covid-19 Pandemic: Dance guidelines - version 1 (405 KB)

The drama guidelines have been prepared by Education Scotland with support from teachers and partners. The guidelines for practitioners and local authority staff will assist with the decision making and safe implementation of drama activities for all school age learners.

The advice will be reviewed regularly and may change as evidence is published and more about the COVID 19 virus is understood.

  • This document provides safe, solution focussed advice to ensure that children and young people can participate safely in drama activities.
  • Practitioners should apply these guidelines to their own specific learning context.

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Published 21 September: PDF file: Covid-19 Pandemic: Drama guidelines - version 1 (428 KB)

The music guidelines have been prepared by Education Scotland with support from teachers and partners. The guidelines for practitioners and local authority staff will assist with the decision making and safe implementation of music activities for all school age learners.

The advice will be reviewed regularly and may change as evidence is published and more about the COVID 19 virus is understood.

  • This document provides safe, solution focussed advice to ensure that children and young people can participate safely in music activities.
  • Practitioners should apply these guidelines to their own specific learning context.

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Published 21 September: PDF file: Covid-19 Pandemic: Music guidelines - version 1 (409 KB)