Last Updated: Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Supporting remote learning


What is this?

To enhance and complement the work practitioners, schools and local authorities are already undertaking, the following resources provide access to a range of support on remote learning that is available from national organisations.

Who is this for?

Education practitioners, parents, carers, and learners.

The supporting remote learning information and resources have been collated under the following themes to assist you in finding what you are looking for:

  1. Policy and guidance
    Find the Scottish Government policy related to Remote Learning as well as guidance from National Organisations.
  2. Remote learning and teaching resources
    Find resources to support remote learning and teaching, including the National e-Learning Offer and Scotland Learns.
  3. Professional Learning for educators to support remote learning
    Find a choice of support for practitioners
  4. Learner and practitioner wellbeing
    Find a range of resources dedicated to the wellbeing of learner and the educational workforce as they support remote learning.
  5. Parents and families
    Find resources and information specifically for parents and families as they support their child’s learning at home.

Policy and guidance

Remote learningRemote learning guidance

This advice on remote learning has been prepared by Education Scotland, in partnership with the COVID-19 Education Recovery Group (CERG), to support practitioners in leading remote learning in the coming weeks. This advice is for practitioners supporting children under school age who are learning at home.

Rainbow painted on glass doorsCOVID-19 Education Recovery

The COVID-19 Education Recovery resource provides a single point of access to key advice from the Scottish Government's COVID-19 Education Recovery Group (CERG), and from sources approved by CERG.

SQA logoThe Scottish Qualifications Authority

The SQA has a resources hub for the delivery of National Qualifications in 2021 where teachers can get access to the latest information and resources to support the delivery of qualifications this year.

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Remote learning and teaching resources

National e-Learning Offer logoNational e-Learning Offer

The National e-Learning Offer provides a range of live, recorded and supported learning resources to support practitioners in delivering remote learning. It is a collaboration by Education Scotland, e-Sgoil, ADES, the Scottish Government and Regional Improvement Collaboratives (RICs).

Child using a laptopScotland Learns

Scotland Learns offers a range of ideas and activities to help practitioners support learning at home. The resources are searchable under stage, curricula area and resource type.


Subject specific resources have been collated in Wakelets and can be found on the site as well as the links to subject specific professional learning communities where practitioners can share resources and access professional learning materials.

GLOW logoGlow

Glow is Scotland’s nationally available digital platform. It provides free access for all learners and teachers to online tools such as Microsoft Office 365, Google G-Suite for Education and WordPress Blogs.

Lockdown Learning logoBBC Scotland

BBC Scotland offers a wide collection of resources to support learners, teachers and parents, from Bitesize to Authors Live, Young Reporter and The Lab, with articles, audio and video clips.

logo for Comann nam ParantComann nam Pàrant

Comann nam Pàrant support parents whose children are in Gaelic Medium Education. On their website, you will find a weekly timetable of learning opportunities through the medium of Gaelic provided by Gaelic partners to support remote and blended learning.

Outdoor learning A Summary of Outdoor Learning Resources

Remote learning does not exist solely in the realms of digital, there are several other pedagogical approaches that allow for a breadth and depth of learning. This summary of outdoor learning resources provides a short list of key information, guidance, resources and exemplification relating to outdoor learning.

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Professional Learning for educators to support remote learning

Two teachers look at a laptopProfessional Learning and Leadersip

Education Scotland's professional learning resources includes programmes of learning and a wide variety of online events covering a range of topics including curriculum support, Developing the Young Workforce, inclusion and equity.

digilearn provides a range of strategies, tools and guidance to support learning and teaching remotely. This includes webinars and online support for those using Office 365 and Microsoft Teams.

Scottish Attainment ChallengeScottish Attainment Challenge

This professional learning activity produced by Education Scotland Attainment Advisors is to support for practitioners to support reflection on some of the ways in which we may ensure equity for all learners during the remote learning period. It draws on academic research and lessons learned from the National Equity Audit and can be considered alongside local and national guidance.

GlobeGlobal responses to education recovery during COVID-19

Articles and blog posts detailing the response and experiences of international educators during Covid-19.

National Network for Outdoor Learning logo National Network for Outdoor Learning

The National Network for Outdoor Learning (NNOL) brings together organisations (including representatives from Government, Councils, professional bodies), schools and the third sector, who support and deliver Outdoor Learning in Scotland. The Network aims to ensure that there is a clear voice and strategic approach to supporting, promoting, and delivering quality Outdoor Learning experiences to all.

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Learner and practitioner wellbeing

Children playing jenga gamePositive mental wellbeing

Positive mental wellbeing resources page on the National Improvement Hub is designed to provide a comprehensive package of information, resources and organisations which are freely available to support primary and secondary school staff to support mental wellbeing.

Saltire - detailStrengthening support for ELC and school staff

A new package to support the wellbeing of school staff includes support sessions and webinars, coaching and mentoring opportunities and enhanced support for recently qualified teachers. The Scottish Government in partnership with Early Years Scotland, has also developed a website dedicated to the wellbeing of those work in early learning and childcare. This provides helpful information as well as access to live wellbeing events.

GTC Scotland logoGTC Scotland

GTC Scotland has created and curated a variety of resources and advice to support teacher health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Parents and families

Parentzone logo Parentzone Scotland

Parentzone Scotland have a series of resources dedicated to assist parents with supporting their child’s learning at home.

Scotland Learns Scotland Learns

Scotland Learns offers a range a range of ideas and suggestions to help parents, carers to support learning from home.

NPFS logo National Parent Forum of Scotland

The ‘In a Nutshell Publications’ provide concise information written by parents for parents on ley aspects of Scottish Education. During Covid-19, the NPFS have produced three new nutshell publications:

Parent Club Parent Club

The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way our children are learning. Here Parent Club Scotland answer your questions about how you can support their learning at home.

ASN resource bank Learners with Complex Additional Support Needs: Resources and guidance for parents to support their child’s learning at home

A resource bank of learning activities and guidance for parents of children and young people with complex needs to support their learning at home.