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Education chief thanks parents for their continuing efforts at home

By David Porter

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Director of Education and Children's Services for Aberdenshire Council, Lawrence Findlay has this week written to parents, praising them for their continuing support of youngsters during the lockdown.

In his letter Mr Findlay said: "Our daily lives have altered significantly as a result of the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"I have been very impressed by the range of imaginative home learning taking place across Aberdeenshire, some of it being shared on social media by schools and by parents themselves.

"We do not expect parents/carers to be teachers or to deliver the curriculum, but it is really encouraging to see so many of you actively supporting your child’s learning and engaging in the work the school has provided.

"Furthermore, many parents/carers have been engaging in other educational and recreational activities such as daily exercise, baking and gardening.

"These are all hugely beneficial to your child’s development and will greatly support their holistic educational experience."

Concerns still remain on many issues, including the exam results for senior pupils and how that are being addressed.

He continued: "This remains an anxious time for everyone as lockdown continues and this is particularly the case for students who were due to sit SQA exams this year.

"Another area of concern relates to school trips and excursions, given recent advice issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with regards overseas travel.

"This was supplemented by additional guidance from the Scottish Government regarding domestic trips.

"This is a complex area and we are working with others both locally and nationally to consider how best to respond."

For those who are facing issues he reminded parents that support is available: "This is a challenging time for everyone and support and advice for education matters continues to be available through schools, albeit virtually for those who need it.

"For parents/carers who would like to talk through any specific education or wellbeing concerns about a child or young person, our Educational Psychology Service helpline is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am until 3pm on 01779 403721 or by contacting eps@aberdeenshire.gov.uk and leaving your name and number."

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