Coronavirus: What Scottish education did in the holiday

The first school holidays since the coronavirus pandemic reached Scotland saw educators continuing to inspire and innovate

Henry Hepburn

Coronavirus: Schools across Scotland have inspired us all in the Easter holidays

Today may mark the end of the Easter "holidays" for many in Scottish education, as a term like no other began this morning.

But educators in all sectors and all corners over the country have remained busy, as they responded to the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak.

Here, then, is a collection of some of the most uplifting tales from Scottish education during the holidays, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Firstly, there were numerous examples of the lengths that were gone to to ensure children did not go hungry.

Schools are attempting to ensure that routine and continuity are maintained as far as possible. One Inverness primary has even started regular online school assemblies.

Teachers are setting challenges not only for their own students, but for anyone who might want to take part  and, judging by the numbers of views many are getting, there's plenty of demand for these.

Edinburgh primary teacher Blair Minchin raised many a smile with a video  viewed more than 210,000 times  on why social distancing is far from straightforward in schools.

And students around Scotland are still receiving feedback on their outstanding work this school year.

The phenomenal efforts by schools and other places of learning to provide key workers with PPE continues apace.

And the (often previously well hidden) musical talents in the staff at Scottish schools continue to emerge.

But it's not just staff showing their musical side. Thousands of P7s around the country had been looking forward to their last term at primary school, before the announcement that schools would close. This period of transition is now very different to the one they envisaged, and the P7s at one Aberdeen primary decided  in song  to reassure teachers that they remained in high spirits.





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