Full-time Distance Learning for High Risk Children and Young People

Develop high-quality online materials and put all necessary support in place for the delivery of a wide range of SQA qualifications - National 5, Highers, Advanced Highers, NCs, NQs - to be studied via full-time distance learning.

Why the contribution is important

In the Options section of the living document, Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making, it states:

"ii. Modelling a new approach to schooling for the foreseeable future. To enable ongoing physical distancing, most pupils are likely to have a blend of in-school and in-home learning. This would include attending school part-time in blocks of a few days or even a week at a time, to enable deep cleaning of schools between groups. Learning at home will be supported by consistent, high-quality online materials which will be developed to support the curriculum."

Given that Covid-19 isn't going anywhere anytime soon and there are children and young people who may be at higher risk of a more severe disease outcome owing to medical conditions, it seems unlikely that the blended approach suggested above will prove adequate to ensure their wellbeing. Indeed, there will be cases where the blended approach will prove inadequate to ensure preservation of life.

These kids and young people can't and shouldn't be left behind. There are more of them out there than most people imagine given that so many of these conditions are invisible. Crohn's Disease is my young person's particular poison.

I understand that distance learning won't work for everyone. This is just one more imperfect suggestion in an imperfect world.

by GrendelsMother on May 06, 2020 at 09:29PM

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  • Posted by yebaws May 06, 2020 at 22:17

    I agree. So far the states provision for distance learning has been appalling. Everybody is studying for the same exams, so it should be possible to pool resources and create a quality distance learning package.
  • Posted by BUTEMACS May 06, 2020 at 23:56

    Well said absolutely agree very valid points & an issue which needs to be urgently addressed by the gov & fast, these mostly young folk in the middle of exams in all education that could shape their whole future such a worrying time even under normal circumstances.
  • Posted by bethfife May 07, 2020 at 02:25

    No comment except "great idea". Should be available to all ages. Let's encourage a "Life Long Learning"
  • Posted by WorkingGlasgowMum May 07, 2020 at 02:53

    Online learning should be used for all children that way if they have split time in school the time they don’t attend they should have classes online.
  • Posted by WorkingGlasgowMum May 07, 2020 at 02:55

    Online learning should be used for all children that way if they have split time in school the time they don’t attend they should have classes online.

    Use Moodle and upload lectures set activities and tasks online. Collaborate with institutions who use these facilities to move forward with it as a solution. It will not be a waste of money it will be used even when things return to normal
  • Posted by Bannerman May 08, 2020 at 09:07

    A very good idea whose time has come.
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