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Home schooling has a big role

PUPILS should get back to normal schooling "as quickly as possible," First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. The country's schools are due to re-open from 11 August, but will start with a "blended" timetable involving face-to-face teaching mixed with at-home learning. In Dumfries and Galloway, the council says its plan is for pupils to attend school two days a week and spend the other three schooling at home. "Experts are currently examining the capacity of buildings and the number of teachers needed," they say. "A report is due at the end of next week." The First Minister said local authorities should be "creative and innovative" about how they use "all the resources at their disposal", and that the government would work to address any genuine issues which arise. Miss Sturgeon said education was of "absolutely critical importance" and was "central to my thinking as we plan and steer our country through the emergence from lockdown." "It is absolutely not the case that we are planning for blended learning to last a year, or anything like it. "On the contrary we don't want blended learning to last a single minute longer than is necessary. "We want young people to be back having face-to-face teaching for 100pc of the school week as soon as feasible."

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