Education moving forward

Firstly I’m greatly impressed by the way the Government is handling the day to day running of this Pandemic! Would not be an idea to have tagged the summer school holidays of 6 weeks (or more) onto the end of the Easter holidays and allow everything to settle down, without trying to home and remote school pupils? This holiday would have taken us into June where the new school year may have started. This I agree would be a long run to Christmas without a decent enough break for Teachers to re-charge their batteries and for kids to bond socially with their families, however an extension to the October break from its original 1 week to 2 weeks could go some way to mitigate these problems. If the education system wasn’t ready to return after that period the a rolling week by week delay could have been easily managed, I’m my opinion.

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I think this would have given clarity on the situation at hand. Allowed teachers 6 to 8 weeks of preparation time to head on into an unknown school calendar year. The current situation may not be working and they only way we may find out if pupils are falling behind could be into September and may take longer to get the pupils/students back on track and ready for a step up into High/Grammar School education, get them back on track sooner for important GCSE’s and Highers. This is all an unknown for us all, and we all need to make adjustments, this may be one possibility ?

by RoryStewart on May 05, 2020 at 10:38PM

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  • Posted by Jones17 May 05, 2020 at 23:12

    I certainly think this would have been a good way forward. Maybe the forthcoming Summer holidays could be shortened go make up for lost time and to allow a transition period for pupils changing school.
  • Posted by lmjdear May 06, 2020 at 07:48

    it is a good idea but unfortunately our politicians were unable to come up with a good idea! IPity you are not in goverment! i'm horrified about the number of people who think keeping schools shut is the answer impacting/blighting children from less privileged backgrounds significantly and all to some extent. Holding them back from progressing to P1/high school etc...What are people thinking? get them back now and teach them how to be safe. it's what they've be learning at home for weeks now anyway!
  • Posted by Mandyintdesign May 06, 2020 at 08:08

    Put all pupils back one year, start children at primary at age 6. This will prevent long term damage to educational outcomes. Keep pupils out of school until the virus is contained as a return will just extend the spread and time until we can return to normal.
  • Posted by Jrc1807 May 06, 2020 at 08:43

    I agree but unfortunately too late now. Do think there is merit to altering school holidays but teachers need to be given a break and compensation for change of contract.
  • Posted by monkey3margaret May 08, 2020 at 14:52

    Many teachers have been working throughout this pandemic by preparing online lessons for all pupils and others working in local hubs to support vulnerable pupils, key workers and frontline staff’s children to enable them to keep working. Teachers also spent every summer preparing lessons and admin paperwork for new school year. Are we not doing enough?
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