Welcome to edition 31 of Community
This has been a momentous week for education. The SQA issued its results and we’re making final preparations for pupils and staff to return to schools.
The tense wait for results of Nationals, Highers, Advanced Highers and other awards ended for 3,416 young people in Dumfries and Galloway this week when the SQA results arrived.
The cancellation of the 2020 exam diet due to the Covid-19 emergency means that this year’s results are based on estimated performance in the absence of exam data and coursework. The results are based on submissions to the SQA from schools and colleges in May, moderated by the SQA to maintain national standards.
Education opens doors to opportunities that enable young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors to society.
The Dumfries and Galloway’s results reflect the ongoing trend of increasing our positive achievement over a 5-year period, with attainment from National 3 to Advanced Higher showing steady increases.
This is evidence of the positive learning environment that we provide in Dumfries and Galloway, and it’s encouraging to see these results being achieved.
The young people, parents, carers and staff are to be congratulated, particularly in this year in which they have faced unprecedented circumstances and had to work so hard to overcome unforeseen challenges.
We’re pleased that our schools will be reopening on Wednesday 12 August and we welcome back staff and pupils.
Over the summer, staff have worked to prepare our schools and finalise the arrangements so that our schools are safe for everyone.
Of course, the school day will need to be different. We’re now in the Scottish Government’s Recovery Phase and it will be some time before our schools can return to ‘normal’.
We’ll have to get used to new personal hygiene practices, physical distancing, and enhanced cleaning arrangements. But it will be good for pupils to be back in schools and learning again.
Applications for the Covid-19 Support Scheme for Self-Catering Businesses opened on 3 August and applications can be made until 1700 [5pm] on Monday 10 August 2020.
Funding for successful applications will be awarded on a first come first served basis.
The Scottish Government has made £1m available for selfcatering businesses that haven’t already received funding from other sources during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The fund will be administered by the Association of Scotland’s SelfCaterers (ASSC). Eligible applicants can receive a 1-off grant of £10,000.
If you think your self-catering business is eligible, see: www.visitscotland.com