Updated Week of 1-5 JUNE 2020
The coronavirus situation is evolving by the day and SCIS is working to ensure that all the most up to date information is sent to schools.
National Qualifications 2020 Awarding
SQA update for schools and colleges - 3 June
Coronavirus (COVID-19): re-opening schools guide (28 May)
Non-statutory guidance for local authorities and schools in their planning for a safe, phased opening in August 2020, including boarding and residential. https://bit.ly/3gACgPI
The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced today (Tuesday 12 May 2020). https://bit.ly/2YYLe2C
Coronavirus (Covid-19): framework for decision making - further information
Sets out further information about the challenges Scotland faces and provides illustrative examples of the steps that might form part of the initial changes to the current lockdown restrictions. https://bit.ly/2WxGxtV
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Qualifications Contingency Group
The Qualifications Contingency Group is invoked in circumstances where there is a system wide risk to the delivery of the exam diet and the awarding of qualifications.
The coronavirus pandemic presents such a risk and the Scottish Government, in full consultation with the Scottish Qualifications Authority, took the decision to invoke the group. https://bit.ly/3b5JO93
UK Government Advice on Covid-19 Financial Support within Education
The UK Department for Education has issued updated guidance on financial support during the Covid-19 outbreak for education, early learning and childcare, and children’s social care on Friday 17th April. The guidance is available at: https://bit.ly/2W80xD3. While this guidance applies to England, the schemes by which financial support is provided are UK wide and all applications will be assessed by HMRC. The guidance should be read in conjunction with the advice for your sector below. Providers of Early Learning and Childcare should also referred to Scottish guidance which has been developed specifically for this sector, which is available at https://bit.ly/3cWi08n.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): residential childcare
Guidance for residential children’s houses, residential schools and secure care facilities on staffing, social distancing and self-isolation. https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-residential-childcare/
Information and guidance for social or community care and residential settings
The guidance provides advice about COVID-19 (previously known as novel coronavirus 2019) for those working in residential settings.
A control measure tool for the control of incidents and outbreaks in Social or Community Care & Residential Settings, specific for COVID-19, is also available here, and should be used accordingly, following the general advice provided in the guidance.https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/web-resources-container/information-and-guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings/
SQA National Courses – Delivering Results in 2020
Together with Scotland’s education system, SQA remains committed to delivering results to learners, in as fair a way as possible, at this exceptionally difficult time. We want to ensure that young people across Scotland get the results they deserve, so they can progress to further learning or work. Read more...
Guidance for home learning (20 April)
New guidance to support the home learning of children and young people during the new term.
Supporting Pupils, Parents And Teachers - Learning During Term 4 (20 April)
Scottish Government guidance to help support continuity in children and young people’s learning in Term 4, following the closure of schools in March due to Covid-19.
GUIDANCE FOR RESIDENTIAL SETTINGS (17 April)
Ofqual - Exceptional arrangements for exam grading and assessment
HSE joint statement with Partnership on Health and Safety in Scotland (16 April)
This is an extremely worrying time for businesses and workers. We know many workers, union reps and employers have questions and concerns about safe working – especially for those continuing to attend a place of work away from their homes. Read more...
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – HSE Stakeholder Bulletin (14 April)
Welcome to the HSE Stakeholder Bulletin for coronavirus (COVID-19) providing a round-up of the latest news and updates on workplace health and safety issues. https://bit.ly/2XEcQtn
Reassurance for HE/FE students (14 April)
Prospective university and college students are being reassured that they will receive their results on time, and universities and colleges will assess qualifications as part of the admissions process.
EIS Briefing for Members in Independent schools / third sector establishments.
Topics covered include:
- Sick Pay and Salary
- Changes to Working to Conditions
- Working from Home Remotely
- Working in a Secure Setting
SQA update on arrangements for quality assurance and the certification of National Courses and Awards – a message to schools and colleges (2 April)
Providing an update in three key areas. Firstly, what evidence-based judgements we need teachers and lecturers to make about their learners’ grades to help inform certification at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher. Secondly, the marking of National 5 coursework. Finally, details on our approach to the certification of National 2, National 3 and National 4 courses, National Certificates, National Progression Awards, Skills for Work courses, Awards, and free-standing units at SCQF levels 5, 6 and 7. Read more...
GCSE, A-LEVEL, IB, IGCSE (April)
- Department for Education on GCSE and A-level: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced
- International Baccalaureate: https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/
- IGCSE: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/news/news-details/view/update-for-cambridge-schools-on-may-june-2020-exams-20200401/
GTC Scotland publishes guide for online good practice
The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland) has today published advice on online good practice.
The guide, Engaging Online, contains good practice for online working including on social media and when storing learners’ data. A reflective questions section aims to help teachers consider their professional practice.
Ken Muir, Chief Executive and Registrar said, “As the majority of teachers in Scotland have now moved from teaching in the classroom to teaching online, it is important that we refresh our advice on online working.
“This guide offers useful information on working in an online environment and is intended as a professional learning and discussion tool to enhance teacher professionalism.”
The guide has been endorsed by the Teaching Professional Associations of Scotland.
Coronavirus Act 2020
Further to the briefing on the Coronavirus Act, and relevant Scottish legislation, please note that Schedule 16.2 adds a new ‘duty’, rather than advice, that schools must have regard to any advice from the Chief Medical Officer: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7/schedule/16/part/2/enacted
While the Act also contains provisions to allow Government to direct schools to close, or open, it is hoped that any current Government guidance would be sufficient for schools.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and ELC closures - guidance for key workers (31 March)
This guidance sets out what childcare and learning provision we expect to be made available to key workers during closures of school and day care of children, including early learning and childcare (ELC), services to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
Only key workers who cannot fulfil their critical functions when they are working remotely from home may qualify for critical childcare provision.
Closure of school and day care of children services is an important part of efforts to protect public health. Read more...
SQA statement on coursework for National Courses (2 April)
Following the announcement by the First Minister on Sunday, that no young person with SQA coursework to complete should attend school to do so, we continue to work hard on how we should take coursework evidence into account, in determining young people’s final grades.
Everyone here at SQA will do their utmost, given the current situation, and with the support of the education system, to ensure that learners’ hard work is rightly and fairly recognised and allows them to proceed to further learning or work. Read more...
Covid-19: GTC Scotland launches teacher wellbeing resources
GTC Scotland has created and curated a variety of resources and advice to support teacher and lecturer health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 crisis.
View our Teacher Tips videos for advice from colleagues; get insights from health and wellbeing professionals in our webinar recordings and articles; and access useful materials from health and wellbeing organisations under Resources. https://gtcsnew.gtcs.org.uk/News/news/health-wellbeing.aspx
- SQA - https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/35832.1890.html - up to date news
- OSCR - https://www.oscr.org.uk/news/charities-and-coronavirus-an-update-from-the-regulator/
- Scottish Government - updated reporting
- ISC (continuing learning) - https://iscdigital.co.uk/coronavirus-continuing-learning/
- BSA - http://www.boarding.org.uk/media/news/article/13519/Coronavirus-disease-COVID-19-guidance
- ISBA - https://www.theisba.org.uk/
- HSE - https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus
- FCO - travel advice
- UK 4 country action plan
Business Interruption Loan Scheme - https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/
Managing the impacts on Scottish education
Deputy First Minister John Swinney updates Parliament.
Responding to the coronavirus pandemic is a matter of the greatest national importance, and the scale of the challenge in front of us is truly without precedent.
Every aspect of our national life has been affected by this crisis, and sustaining our education system has been at the forefront of my mind.
My priorities are to ensure the health and wellbeing of our children, young people and staff, and to maintain teaching and learning wherever this is possible, guided by the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and public health experts.
I would like to place on record my sincere appreciation for the extraordinary work that all of the teaching and non-teaching staff in our schools and Early Learning and Childcare settings have been doing to maintain educational continuity in these unprecedented days. Read more.
Statement by the Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer
This is an unprecedented situation, and the closure of schools for an extended period will affect almost every family across Scotland.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority has recently been working through a range of scenarios in relation to the exam diet, including disruption and postponement. However, as the Deputy First Minister has outlined in Parliament today, the exam diet in 2020 cannot go ahead and I have been asked by the Deputy First Minister to develop an alternative certification model. Read More
SCHOOL AND NURSERY CLOSURES
COVID-19 – GUIDANCE FOR NON-HEALTHCARE SETTINGS (23 March).
The guidance for Scottish educational settings has now been updated and incorporated into the following general advice for all non-healthcare settings: https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/web-resources-container/covid-19-guidance-for-non-healthcare-settings/. You will see it has some specific material for educational settings in Section 2, as well as other advice that applies more generally
Health Protection Scotland recommend that all educational settings remain open unless they have been advised by the local Health Protection Team to close. Children appear to be less affected than other age groups however handwashing should be encouraged before and after any activity, such as meal times, break times and sporting activities. Your local public health team will provide advice if you have had a symptomatic case of COVID-19 on site. At present school closure is not usually required but the local health protection team will support you to make a risk assessment.
Health Protection Scotland will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
UPDATE ON SELF-ISOLATION
Guidance from around the world
Australia - https://bit.ly/33mr96E
Southern Africa - https://www.isasa.org/coronavirus-and-school-closures/