The new term has begun, however in these unprecedented circumstances our children aren’t returning to school. The uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak brings many challenges for all of us, and the National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) know that parents across Scotland are working hard to balance these challenges whilst our children and young people are at home. We have worked with the Scottish Government to bring you information and support during the school closures.
Joanna Murphy, Chair of the NPFS, said “At a time where everything is far from normal, the start of the summer term will provoke different tensions and emotions for each family in Scotland. NPFS is working closely with the Scottish Government to provide clear, relevant information for parents and carers, and also as a link to continue to get answers to questions that parents may have moving forward.
“Parents are key to their children’s wellbeing and learning and we are aware there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Families should continue to prioritise the individual needs of their children by utilising the support offered from their schools, Local Authorities and the Scottish Government. No one is expecting parents to reproduce a school in their homes, but instead support their children’s learning in partnership with their schools.
“Finally, we encourage you to stay positive, stay hopeful, stay compassionate, and stay kind in the days and week ahead. We will get through this by looking after each other.”
The guidance details the Scottish Government’s expectations for what learning at home will look like during term 4.
The Deputy First Minister said “Given the unprecedented circumstances, we cannot predict when schools in Scotland will reopen and we are grateful to parents and carers across the country for dealing with the disruption so well.
“While we do not expect teachers, parents and families to replicate schools or classrooms, we are committed to working with all partners in Scotland’s education system to protect pupils’ wellbeing, and ensure learning can continue in an appropriate way, wherever possible.
“This helpful guide from the National Parent Forum of Scotland sets out the support available to support both the wellbeing and learning of children and young people in these challenging times.”