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Published 23 March 2020

School pupils have been urged to keep up their efforts online while schools are closed.

A range of digital resources have been developed for pupils to ensure they can continue to learn following the announcement on Wednesday, 18 March, that schools would close until further notice.

Instead of traditional face-to-face classroom teaching, pupils will be able to continue with school work including literacy and numeracy by logging into Google classroom and class blogs, which will be updated daily.

Following the cancellation of the exam diet, senior pupils will use the technology to access and complete coursework which will count towards final SQA estimates.

SQA estimates will be submitted later in the session and will be based upon a range of evidence gathered throughout the school year, including work submitted to subject teachers via google classrooms over the coming weeks.

This, combined with coursework assessed externally by SQA, will determine awards.

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: “This situation is unprecedented and I am extremely grateful to our teaching and support staff who have worked together so efficiently to put a plan in place which means  our young people can carry on learning.

“There are vast resources available for our pupils online so I would encourage them all, and in particular the senior pupils whose online coursework over the coming weeks will count towards final grades, to work with continued focus and motivation.”