Youth Work & Schools
Please see below for information and guidance for youth workers and organisations working in partnership with schools.
Where you were delivering in partnership with a school:
- Ideally, keep young people’s learning in one place - use the school’s online platform such as GLOW/Microsoft Teams/Office 365, to continue delivering support and learning that would normally be part of a young person’s curriculum in school.
- Other platforms such as Skype or Zoom can be used to keep in touch with young people and deliver informal learning. See also our information on digital youth work and learning.
- Work with schools to reach out to young people who may be struggling with learning at home – how could you support the curriculum for these young people?
- Consider how you could adapt any Youth Awards you were delivering for home learning. See Awards Network for more info.
- Reach out to Youth Awards providers – many are developing and adapting resources for home learning. See examples from Boys' Brigade and Scouts below.
- Work with school colleagues to support young people who may be concerned about the cancellation of SQA exams.
- Let schools know how you are reconfiguring your service to support young people and enable them to signpost young people.
- Join our Youth Work & Schools Collaborative online meeting.
SQA statement on coursework for national courses
SQA has released an update on how COVID-19 will affect pupils across Scotland, including exams and how final grades will be determined.
UCAS has released guidance on the status of offers for university places impacted by COVID-19.
Education Scotland resources for practitioners
Education Scotland has a number of useful resources to support practitioners in developing online opportunities for learning at home. The resources will be supplemented as time goes on.
Young Scot learning resources
Young Scot has created some learning resources to support home learning/education around COVID-19 and other relevant information topics for young people.
Parenting Across Scotland
Parenting Across Scotland has pulled together a rich resource of links and educational resources to help support learning at home during COVID-19.
Science resources for community groups
British Science Association has a web page dedicated to activity packs designed especially for community groups and families.
Learning at Home briefing paper
The Commission on School Reform has published a briefing paper to help recruit 'an army of tutors' to help school pupils during the school shut down.
Digital resources for libraries
The Scottish Library and Information Council has produced a digital hub packed with learning resources, including a dedicated section for children and young people.
Boys Brigade #BBatHOME
Boys Brigade has launched a new programme of fun and exciting activities with opportunities for children and young people to learn, grow and discover in their own homes supported by parents/carers.
A resource filled with activities and ideas from the Girlguiding programme to keep young girls engaged and entertained during COVID-19.
John Muir Award
There are a number of adapted resources available for home learning and development centred around learning through nature and its applications for the Curriculum for Excellence.
Prince's Trust Education Resources
Helpful online resources from Prince's Trust's Achieve and Mosaic programmes for teachers, tutors and parents to deliver and share with young people.
Young people aged 12 to 25 can sign up to ensure that their volunteering is
recorded, celebrated and reward with nationally recognised certificates.
Scouts has pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas. Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.
Youth Scotland DYA and Hi5 Awards
Youth Scotland has adapted its Hi5 and Dynamic Youth Award (DYA) challenge sheets to be completed at home.