Cabinet set to approve local Education Phasing Delivery Plan
Posted on 29 Jun 2020
The Council is planning for the safe return of children and young people across North Ayrshire to education in August 2020.
To support these preparations and to ensure there are robust contingency arrangements in place, the Council’s Cabinet, at its meeting of 30 June, will consider an Education Phasing Delivery Plan, which sets out its approach to restoring face to face teaching, continuing at home learning and delivering childcare for vulnerable children and families of key workers.
This decision follows Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney’s announcement on Tuesday 23 June.
The government’s aspiration is for schools and centres to be able to re-open fully from August, provided that a set of criteria is met, including infection rates and protection measures. This is a new planning assumption. Local authority contingency plans for the delivery of blended learning continue to be necessary.
Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education, North Ayrshire Council, said: “Our hope, like that of the Deputy First Minister, is that resumption of full-time education can commence for North Ayrshire’s children and young people in August. Of course, the safety of our children and staff remains our highest priority and any change to our contingency plans will be dependent on Scottish Government guidance updated regularly over the summer.”
The First Minister confirmed that the Scottish Government will now review the scientific assumptions underpinning education recovery as part of their statutory 3-weekly process.