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Nicola Sturgeon announces all Scots kids to go back to school after Easter holidays

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that all kids in Scotland will go back to school after the Easter holidays.

In a statement to MSPs the First Minister said all primary school children will be back in the classroom in two weeks time by March 15.

The resumption of face-to-face learning is dependent on the state of the virus in Scotland.

Last week kids from primary one to three were allowed back to the classroom after restrictions were lifted slightly.

The SNP leader said all primary school pupils will be able to return to childcare as well in the coming weeks.

Sturgeon told MSPs: “Children in primaries 1 to 3 are of course already back at school full-time.



First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaking in the Scottish Parliament

“Some secondary school students have returned to take part in essential practical work for national qualifications. And childcare and early education premises are also now open for children below school age.

“The next phase of reopening education will take place on 15 March.

“And I can confirm that from that date, 15 March – unless new evidence or new circumstances force us to reconsider – all children in primary 4 to 7 will go back to school on a full-time basis.

“All primary school children will also be able to return to regulated childcare, including after school and breakfast clubs.

“We will also take the next steps in a phased return to secondary school from 15 March – with a clear expectation that all secondary school pupils will be back in school on a full time basis after the Easter holidays.”

The First Minister said pupils in years 4 to 6 may get priority.

She added: “However, it is the intention that all secondary school pupils will return to spend some time in school from 15 March until the Easter break.

“Students in the senior phase of secondary school – that is years 4 to 6 – who are taking national qualifications, will have priority for face to face lessons in school.

“This will ensure that they can have their hard work fairly recognized, with qualifications under the Alternative Certification Model.

“However although years 4 to 6 may have priority, we expect that all children in secondary school will receive some in-school education each week.



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“This will allow pupils to get used to being back in school and allow them to start seeing friends again. This is important for wellbeing as well as for education.

“Before Easter, we will also continue to ensure that remote learning is of the highest standard possible.”

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