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Plans to re-open West Lothian schools - Updated 24 June 2020

Dear parents/carers

As we reach the end of the school term, I would like to thank everyone for their work to support our children to continue learning over an extremely challenging period.

I appreciate the fantastic efforts you have made to keep your children learning over the last three months, and I understand how hard it has been for many trying to balance this with work and childcare.

Headteachers and school staff have been working tirelessly to plan for the re-opening of schools in the face of changing guidance.

You will likely be aware of the Depute First Minister's announcement yesterday of the aim of re-opening all Scottish schools to all pupils on a full-time basis from Wednesday 12 August.  

This is dependent on scientific and health advice and we are currently waiting for detailed Scottish Government guidance, which will set out the arrangements required for safely re-opening schools.

Once we receive this, we will finalise our plans for re-opening schools and will provide you with further details on the arrangements for pupils returning in August.

This change in guidance from the Scottish Government means that previous plans for a blended learning approach in our schools will only be applied should the health position regarding Covid-19 deteriorate. 

In relation to Early Learning and Childcare, a separate letter will be issued to parents in the next two weeks confirming arrangements, once we receive further Scottish Government guidance.

We will put further updates on arrangements for schools on our website at Schools and Education Coronavirus Updates during the summer.

Yours faithfully,

Elaine Cook

Dr Elaine Cook

Depute Chief Executive

West Lothian Council


SQA Qualifications 2020 update (Wednesday 3 June 2020)


WEST LOTHIAN COLLEGE, WORK PLACEMENTS AND SQA 2020 EXAMINATIONS STATEMENTS

West Lothian College school partnership provision statement, Work Placements statements and SQA 2020 Examinations statement

West Lothian College school partnership provision

West Lothian College are moving to online learning starting from Wednesday 18 March. If your child attends college as part of their school curriculum the college will be in contact shortly regarding online learning related to their course. Please discuss this with your child.


Work Placements

All work placements, organised through school or college will be postponed with immediate effect. These will be reviewed regularly and updates given in due course.

Career Ready Internships commencing June remain in place at this time.


SQA update on arrangements for quality assurance and the certification of National Courses and Awards - a message to schools and colleges (Updated Friday 2 April 2020)

Dear Parent/Carer

Across our schools we are working together to ensure that our young people get recognition for their hard work and receive the qualifications they deserve. We have robust systems in place to gather the necessary evidence for submission of estimates.

SQA have provided an update on arrangements for young people completing courses in Session 2019/20:

This link also includes guidance for learners, parents and carers. 

Some key points to note are:

  • SQA are asking schools and colleges across the country to use their professional judgement, and knowledge of young people's work, to make an estimate of the grade. This will be based on learners' skills, knowledge and understanding for each course at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.
  • For students accessing college, relevant evidence will be used for a wide range of courses and Awards.
  • SQA is in regular discussion with UCAS (the University and College Admission Service), Colleges Scotland, and Universities Scotland, who are fully aware of the situation and will help learners to progress on to the next stage of their education or employment. We are also in close discussion with Skills Development Scotland, to ensure employers and their representatives are kept aware of the decisions being made.
  • Staff at SQA are working hard to ensure learners will receive their results no later than Tuesday 4 August.
  • Further details of the 'Appeals process' will be communicated as it becomes available.
  • We also recommend that learners sign-up to MySQA to receive their results by text and/or email. Any learner who has previously signed up to receive their results through MySQA will continue to do so, and we recommend that those learners review their profile to make sure their contact details are up to date.

We will provide you with further information following the next update from SQA on 20th April.

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