Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

New education model of school and home learning the ‘biggest curriculum challenge’ of the century, claims teaching union

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan.
EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan.

Scotland’s largest teaching union has described plans to teach children at home and in school during the coronavirus crisis as potentially the “biggest curriculum challenge” of the century.

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan pledged that his members would work constructively in the interests of children after the Scottish Government published its proposals to resume education.

But he warned that it would require “significant commitment” from all involved.

Mr Flanagan welcomed the “clarity” provided by Nicola Sturgeon’s Road Map out of lockdown, which said schools will reopen on August 11.

But the resumption of schooling will not be in a conventional form with the 45-page document outlining a “ blended model of part-time in-school teaching and part-time in-home learning”.

Further details of the new approach were revealed with the publication of the government’s Strategic Framework for reopening schools.

Pupils will spend around half their time in the classroom and the other half learning from home. Classes will be smaller and libraries, community halls, leisure centres, conference venues and vacant offices will be pressed into service to give extra space for social distancing.

Social distancing measures will be put in place when pupils return to schools.

Seating will be rearranged to be two metres apart. Hand-washing or hand sanitiser protocols will be in place as well as robust protocols for Covid cases. Risk assessments will be carried out.

Teachers will return next month, subject to safety measures, to plan for the new way of working. Existing ‘hubs’ will continue to run to provide vulnerable children and those of key workers with childcare over the summer. Around £30 million will be allocated to provide disadvantaged children with laptops so online learning can be carried out at home.

There is a strong shared commitment to protecting the health and wellbeing of everyone in the school community.”

Larry Flanagan

Mr Flanagan said, “The Covid-19 crisis has had a significant impact on schools, pupils and teachers over the past months.”

“Our members will welcome the clarity provided by the First Minister’s announcement today, and the clear statement that schools will not reopen until after the summer and only if health conditions allow.

“This will provide valuable time to allow schools to prepare for what will be a very different learning environment, with physical distancing requiring smaller class sizes and schools delivering a blended approach of part time in-school learning and part-time remote learning for most pupils.”

Mr Flanagan added, “The EIS has worked constructively with the Scottish Government and with local authorities throughout this crisis and will continue to do so in the best interests of learners and teachers.”

“There is a strong shared commitment to protecting the health and wellbeing of everyone in the school community. Delivering a new blended learning approach is potentially the biggest curriculum challenge of this century, however, and it will require significant commitment from all parties to make it work.”

Education Secretary John Swinney.

Education Secretary John Swinney said: “We don’t know how long schools will have to work this way, just as we don’t know how long coronavirus will be a threat. As long as that is the case, school life will feel quite different to before Covid-19.

“We have a mission to make this work, to educate Scotland’s pupils and, above all, to keep them safe. Working with our teachers, school staff, and councils this plan gives us a way to do that.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]