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Supporting your teenager’s learning at home

It’s hard for teenagers with coronavirus forcing the schools to close. Not only are they away from their pals, they’re probably also anxious about what missing classes and having cancelled exams means for them.

We’ve put together this page to give you some information on what you can do to support and reassure them during this time.

Keep doing what you’re doing

You might be feeling extra pressure to be a teacher as well as a parent. Try not to feel overwhelmed. You’re not a teacher and nobody expects you to be. Keeping your children safe and supporting their wellbeing is a huge job in itself. Focus on each day as it comes and accept the things you can’t do.

Keep in contact with the school

Schools are closed for pupils but they’re still there to help you. Schools are currently providing online resources to help their pupils study from home. If your teen wants to keep up with their schoolwork, but is struggling to do it at home, contact your school for advice and they will be happy to help. If your teen is looking for some helpful additional resources tell them to try BBC bitesize.

Stay safe

It is important to consider how you can help keep your teen safe online. Most people, especially teenagers, will be online more than ever - which isn’t a bad thing. It lets them keep in touch with their friends, have fun and supports their learning. But it is important at the same time that you know that they are safe while online. We have an online safety page to help advise you.

Information from the SQA

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is working so pupils receive their results by Tuesday 4 August as planned. The SQA wants students to sign-up to MySQA in order to receive their results by text and/or email. To sign up, students will need their Student Candidate Number (SCN) and a valid email address.You can find the SCN on a previous SQA certificate. If they don't have an SQA certificate, they can speak to their school or college, call SQA on 0345 279 1000 or complete the Candidate Enquiry Form.

SQA will operate a free post-results appeals service so that there is a way for schools and colleges to question a result, with evidence in support of an appeal reviewed by senior examiners. SQA Results Day is a day for young people across Scotland to celebrate their achievements after many years of study, and this year is no different. For more information visit the SQA website.

You can find more ways to support your teen’s learning at home here.  

Their future

There are many different pathways available in school to give your children skills for life, work or further study. Studying at college can start while your child is in their last years of school. Your local college website will have more information on some of the options available for your child to continue their learning journey.

Encourage your teen to look forward to their next steps, whether that is continuing with school, going to college or university, securing a Modern Apprenticeship or other work-based training, or getting a job. Reassure your teenager that this situation won’t last forever, and that they still have all the opportunities open to them that they had before.

Remember, there’s more to achieving as a teenager than the celebrations of Results Day. Not every qualification and award undertaken in school is certificated on Results Day. Every one of your child’s achievements are worthy of celebration, no one’s definition of success is more valid anyone else’s.

When will schools reopen?

Schools are set to reopen in August. However, things won’t be the same as they were before the coronavirus outbreak – schools will be making changes to ensure that everyone stays safe. You can find out more on our back to school FAQ page here.