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Strath's two high schools set out course subjects that will see return of some senior pupils

By Gavin Musgrove

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The strath's two secondary schools have outlined the subjects that will require senior pupils to return to the classroom as part of an easing of Covid restrictions.

The First Minister announced earlier this week that P1 to P3 pupils and some senior pupils will commence with a phased return from this Monday (February 22).

Kingussie High School headteacher Ian Adamson has now shared more information on how this will impact pupils at the strath's largets school.

He said: "The phased return will target pupils in the senior phase doing practical subjects who can only complete their coursework by attending school to use specialised equipment.

"Parents and carers of pupils who fall into this category will receive a letter today with details of the day or days that pupils are required into school next week."

Those senior pupils who are expected to make a return for lessons are those taking art, computer games development, design and manufacture, exercise and fitness leadership, graphic communication, music, rural skills, practical cake craft, practical cookery and practical woodwork.

Learning will continue digitally for all other pupils at the Kingussie school.

But Mr Adamson cautioned there may be slight changes in the approach if a child’s teacher is in school delivering face to face lessons.

He said: "Teachers that are in school will set tasks for pupils but may not be on hand to answer questions or possibly do their usual live lesson. This will be reflected in the live lesson schedule that will be shared at the end of this week."

Grantown Grammar School headteacher Claire McGonigal said the announcement will only impact a small number of their pupils.

She said: "For the majority of pupils, the lockdown adapted timetable will remain in place...

"We have reviewed the courses which contain practical work and, at present, will be inviting individual pupils who have not completed the necessary skills or need additional support to attend school at specific times.

"These pupils will be contacted with the exact time they should come to school and will be expected to attend.

"The courses include modern languages, technical and music. However, this will only affect a minority of pupils on these courses."

Guidance that will need to be followed by returning pupils has also been issued by both schools.

The next update for the phased return of school pupils in Scotland will be announced on March 2 and would not start before March 15.

Schools have been shut since the Christmas holidays following the lockdown which came into force at the end of last year due to a surge in Covid infections.

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