A toolkit for the identification and support
of learners exhibiting literacy difficulties

COVID-19 - Supporting a phased return to educational settings

COVID-19 has brought huge challenges and changes to all our lives and the experience of learners during this unprecedented time will vary greatly. Learners may find coping with the uncertainty and significant changes to their educational experiences and routines particularly stressful and challenging. However, some learners may have experienced some positive aspects when they have been learning at home. 

Learners and their families may need individualised planning for the transitions ahead. The approach taken needs to take account of context and be relevant for the learner’s school stage and developmental level. It will be important to listen to families and learners about their experiences of learning at home. This will support transition planning, building on strengths and skills which learners may have developed during this time and also identifying areas which may require additional support due to the unprecedented situation.

Information and Guidance to support transitions - Scotland Learns

Information, guidance and resources to support practitioners, learners and families during the COVID-19 pandemic is available on Education Scotland’s Corporate website and the National Improvement Hub. Scotland Learns has been developed in response to COVID-19 and has a wide range of ideas and suggestions of activities to help parents, carers and practitioners support learning at home and weekly newsletters for parents and carers and for practitioners.

Specific guidance, information and resources have been developed by Education Scotland to support transitions for learners who require additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Select 'here' to access the link.  

Scottish Government COVID-19 Guidance

Excellence and Equity during the Covid-19 pandemic – a strategic framework for reopening schools, early learning and childcare provision in Scotland. 

This strategic framework "Excellence and Equity During the COVID-19 Pandemic" has been jointly developed by the Scottish Government and local government, with crucial support from key partners across the education system including the Education Recovery Group, established in April 2020. Select 'here' to download the document. 

Scottish Government. Coronavirus (COVID-19): reopening schools guidance, Scottish Government

Non-statutory guidance for local authorities and schools in their planning for a safe, phased opening in August 2020. Select 'here' to download the document. 


COVID-19 has created an unprecedented situation through the

  • Closure of school buildings during term 4
  • Phased return to educational settings and blended learning at home, beginning in August 2020

Families and learners will understandably have concerns regarding the identification, support and monitoring of dyslexia and literacy difficulties. For example:

  • A learner may have been due to begin the identification pathway in Term 4 but this has not been able to take place
  • During time at home, families may now have concerns/think their child may be dyslexic.

Opportunities should be given to share concerns and queries during the transition planning. 



Below are a range of frequently asked questions sent to the Toolkit Working Group