COVID-19 has impacted almost every aspect of daily life. One of the largest challenges for families was the closure of schools during lockdown. On 20th March 2020 schools and early learning centres across Scotland closed. Schools only remained open for children of key workers or vulnerable children and 684,797 pupils (99% of the pupil population) commenced learning from home. During the first lockdown schools were closed from March-August 2020 (Black, 2020). Despite reopening for the autumn term, disruptions continued through pupil isolations. A second national lockdown in January 2021 resulted in another nationwide school closure with a phased return: 22nd February (Primary 1-3 returned), 15th March (Primary 4-7 returned), 12th April (secondary pupils returned for some in-person lessons) (Scottish Government 2021a and Scottish Government 2021b).


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Crummey, C. 2021, Lockdown, Learning Loss and Rural Locations : a Review of the Literature on the Effects of COVID-19 on the Poverty Related Attainment Gap and Rural Scotland, Fraser of Allander Institute. Available at: https://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/85403/

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