Home learning support

Advice for parents and carers on learning support for vulnerable children

We’re following Government guidance to keep children safe and reduce risk of the spread of Coronavirus. However, some of our most vulnerable children may still need face to face support such as

  • a child or young person who is currently on the Child Protection Register or who is considered at high risk of harm or neglect
  • Looked After Children at home or away from home, Kinship Care
  • young carers
  • children with complex additional support needs.

How we’re supporting the most vulnerable children

Schools will provide learning experiences for all children and young people. Most learners will be supported through their school’s approach to home learning. Our schools can provide

  • technology to support remote learning for our most vulnerable children and young people
  • Bilingual Support Assistants (BSA) can support communication with families - please ask your school if you need this
  • the Interpretation and Translation service can also support communication with bilingual learners’ families - please ask you school if you need this
  • a few children may be able to go to one of our hub schools if we can risk assess their needs safely.

Pupils receiving support from our partners

Most support from other partners such as

  • social work 
  • ASL service 
  • the voluntary sector

will be carried out remotely for children. A few children will have bespoke face to face support if this is assessed as being essential to keep them safe.

Pupils with complex additional support needs

Most children and young people with complex additional support needs will be supported remotely by school staff.

Two hubs will run in two of our special schools - Braidburn and St Crispin’s.  This is to provide support for a few pupils who are our most vulnerable children with complex additional support needs.

Parents may choose not to receive the support offered. 

Child or young person’s planning meetings

These meetings are continuing to support the children and young people, but will be carried out by phone or video conferencing. Actions may take longer than usual to complete. If you have concerns, please speak to your child’s school.

Edinburgh Psychological Service support

Our educational psychologists have put together a guide to help young people and a guide for parents/carers cope with home learning and dealing with being at home.