Welcome to this update at what is a very challenging time for everyone. No one could have predicted the scale of the coronavirus or indeed the impact on society. The impact on educational provision and delivery takes us all into unchartered territory with entire sets of unanswered questions. Please be reassured that ADES officials and members are working closely with Scottish Government, Education Scotland, COSLA, SQA and other key stakeholders to minimise disruption. A more detailed update is being issued to all members on 30 March 2020 but ongoing discussions in recent weeks have included the following issues:
SQA processes and procedures
Support for the children of key workers
Operational issues relating to hubs (staffing; holiday cover etc.)
ASN concerns and the needs of vulnerable pupils
Statutory duties such as placing request legislation
Issues relation to the transition process
Members should check the ADES website for full information and updates as we move forward. The website is being updated on an almost daily basis with advice and examples from a range of authorities.A daily update is being shared with Directors of Education and Chief Education Officers. In the meantime a huge thank you to all members as you carry out your roles and duties throughout this unprecedented period of time.