Statement on phased return for schools in Scotland

All children in P1 to P3 and those at pre-school will return from Monday 22 February, along with secondary pupils who need to complete coursework.

Commenting on the annoucement by the First Minister today (16 February 2021), Senior Professional Officer (Scotland) Dougie Atkinson said:

“We welcome the phased and cautious return of pupils, but the promised appropriate mitigation measures must be in place to ensure the safety of staff and students.

 “We also welcome the one off payment for teachers and lecturers involved in the delivery of National 5, Higher & Advanced Higher courses this year.

 “We repeat our call for Mr Swinney to ensure that teachers, support staff and early years staff are early candidates for vaccination.”

Further information

Scottish Government:

Remote learning to continue for majority
The majority of primary and secondary school pupils will continue with remote learning until at least mid-March while children in early learning and childcare (ELC) and primaries 1 to 3 will return full-time to classrooms from Monday 22 February, plus limited numbers of S4 - S6 pupils who require to complete practical work.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on schools reopening

Updated guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): early learning and childcare (ELC) services

CERG guidance | COVID-19 education recovery | National Improvement Hub

Coronavirus (COVID19): Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s Issues – advice on mitigations to minimise transmission of COVID-19 during phased return to in-person learning


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