Students need Additional Support in Light of Disruption to Education

Created on: 11 Jan 2022 | Last modified: 11 Jan 2022

The Educational Institute of Scotland has called for additional support for students in light of continuing disruption to their education as a result of the Covid pandemic.

The EIS comments follow the publication of new SQA guidance and a statement made by Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education Shirley-Anne Somerville.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, “Providing students with a heads-up regarding exam content to aid revision will assist exam performance but it’s neither a substitute nor a solution to disrupted teaching and learning which could mean, in some instances, that not all coursework will have been overtaken by May.”

Mr Flanagan added, “Councils and agencies such as Education Scotland need to address the ongoing disruption being experienced by students now. Come April, there will need to be measures and resources in place to ensure that all students have equitable access to revision support and not only those whose parents can afford additional tuition or the SQA’s guidance could actually widen the equity gap.”