School and early years COVID-19 updates

2021 updates

22 June – Parent and carers update about the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s (SQA) national qualifications (National 5, Higher, Advanced Higher)

Your school will email your child with a letter tomorrow afternoon which will explain the provisional grades we will submit to SQA at the end of this week. You will receive a copy of this letter, either by email or a printed copy.

The letter explains the process of setting these provisional grades, as well as a link to SQA's appeals process and information about support which is available from Skills Development Scotland over the summer.

If your child thinks there has been a clerical error in collating these results then please get in touch with the school so that we can check. Unfortunately in terms of making appeals, we cannot discuss these grades before the end of term, but our staff will be available to discuss possible appeals with your child once schools resume from 18 August. Your child has the right to make a direct appeal to SQA over the summer, as our letter will explain.

The deadline for priority appeals - those where the offer of a place at higher or further education are involved - is 24 August.

If your child is concerned about the impact of these results on their chosen pathway, please encourage them to get in touch with their guidance teacher before the end of term.

18 June – Scottish Qualifications Authority’s Alternative Certification Model

As part of the SQA’s Alternative Certification Model, teachers are busy determining provisional grades for pupils. These will be submitted to the SQA on Friday 25 June.

Pupils will be emailed their provisional grades after school on Wednesday 23 June and their parents and carers will receive a copy of this information.

The letter will include details of the SQA’s appeals process.

The SQA appeals booklet for pupils may be useful.

Contact your school for further information.

30 March

View Edinburgh Learns SQA Qualifications guide for parents, carers and learners.

5 March - Letter from Andy Gray about the return to school on 15 March

Letter from Andy Gray, Chief Education Officer, to parents and carers about the return to school on 15 March.


17 February

A phased return of pupils to schools and early years settings will start next week after the Scottish Government confirmed details on Tuesday 16 February.

The announcement means that from Monday 22 February early years and nursery pupils, P1 to P3 pupils and a limited number of senior phase pupils who need to finish practical assignments will be able to return to their schools. Support for children of key workers and vulnerable children in other years will continue.

All schools and nurseries will be following the latest advice from the Scottish Government on health guidance so they are safe for pupils and teaching staff.

Individual schools will contact parents in the coming days to update them on their own specific arrangements.

2 February

On Tuesday 2 February, the First Minister announced plans for a phased return of school pupils from the week beginning 22 February subject to continued progress in suppressing the virus and final confirmation on Tuesday 16 February.

The plans are as follows:

  • Firstly a full time return of early learning and childcare for all children below school age
  • secondly, a full time return to school for pupils in primaries 1 - 3 and
  • thirdly, a part-time return, albeit on a limited basis, for senior phase pupils to allow in-school practical work that is necessary for the completion of national qualification courses. Initially though, it is intended that there will be no more than around 5-8% of a secondary school roll physically present at any one time for this.

We are currently reviewing our arrangements and will be updating this information as soon as we're able.

1 February

Guidance for parents and carers

Monday 4 January

On Monday 4 January, the First Minister announced that mainland Scotland moves from Level 4 to a temporary lockdown on Tuesday 5 January. We are currently reviewing all our services and will be updating this information as soon as we're able.

The latest guidance from the Scottish Government is: "From 5 January to 29 January, schools can only open to in-person learning for children of key workers and vulnerable children, with remote learning for all other children and young people from 11 January to 29 January."