Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th January 2021.

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The First Minister:

I am aware of the pressures that remote learning will bring for everybody in our school communities. Schools already have contingency plans in place for remote learning and have thought through the issues of staff workload and deployment.

I want to make clear to parents, carers, children and young people that they are not alone, even if they feel as if they are. No one expects parents or carers to replace teachers. Schools should be able to provide written or digital materials to support learning at home, and the national e-learning offer, which I have spoken about already, is improving the options that are available. If parents or others have questions about support, they should contact schools in the first instance.

As I have said many times, this underlines why it is so important for us to get the situation under control so that we can get schools open again as quickly as possible.