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Reflections from Scotland: What’s the best way to reopen schools safely?

Professor Chris Chapman (Principal Investigator, CNS), and Dr Sarah Weakley (Research Associate, CNS) recently contributed a blog to the International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) website.

On the topic of schools re-opening, Professor Chapman and Dr Weakley discussed Scotland’s phased-return approach, set to commence on Monday 22 February. This will see in-person learning restart for ‘early learning and childcare (ELC), P1-3 primary schoolchildren, and small numbers of senior secondary pupils requiring practical in-school learning’.

The blog is based on experiences of researching the pandemic and advising the Scottish Government on education and children’s issues more widely. It discusses the evidence used to inform the decision of when and how to reopen schools in Scotland. As well as this, it focuses on the implications for pupils and staff returning to in-person learning, and the lessons learned with regard to this aspect of the country’s recovery from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Read the full blog post on the International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) website.

The International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) is mobilising global knowledge to address the social impacts of COVID-19.

The IPPO is a collaboration between UCL, Cardiff University, Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Auckland and the University of Oxford, together with think tanks including the International Network for Government Science (INGSA) and academic news publisher The Conversation. It is led by Professor Joanna Chataway from UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP).

IPPO undertakes policy research and work with engagement leaders in the devolved administrations, including the Scottish Policy and Research Exchange (SPRE), Wales’ Social Science Park (SPARK) and Queen’s University Belfast and Pivotal, Northern Ireland’s leading policy think tank.

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