General News

Published: 02 April 2020

Families are being reminded that children and young people must avoid socialising in line with Government and health guidance to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

East Lothian Council’s Chief Operating Officer for Education Lesley Brown said: “We know that children will be missing their friends and the daily interaction they get from school and clubs. However the government guidance is very clear – you must stay at home and avoid interactions with anyone who is not in your household. This means cancelling familiar activities such as play dates and sleepovers. Young people should not be meeting each other within or outwith each other’s homes. It’s important that everyone sticks to these guidelines as doing so will protect the NHS and our communities. 

“Our Educational Psychology Service has produced advice for children and young people and families who are adapting to the current situation and how to have discussions around it."

"The current restrictions are temporary measures however these guidelines are very important. We ask that all families follow the Government advice.” 

The Scottish Government’s Parent Club has also issued advice on the  twitter acount.

Published: 02 April 2020

Watch the premiere of brilliant James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors tonight at 7pm. Available for seven days here

Published: 02 April 2020

The East Lothian Educational Psychology Service have produced an information sheet: Maintaining Your Emotional Wellbeing with the Wellbeing Wheel.

If you have concerns about a child or young person and want to talk, there are national helplines available, details of which are in the information sheet.

Getting through the day, responding to change and new ways of leading our lives can be daunting. You may feel out of control and anxious at times. However, you can maintain and protect your wellbeing by engaging with the 5 Ways to Wellbeing model. Research shows that by engaging in these areas you can improve your mental health and wellbeing, feel more positive and get the most out of your life. This is particularly important at this time.

Information Sheet - Maintaining Your Emotional Wellbeing (PDF)

Published: 02 April 2020

The East Lothian Educational Psychology Service have produced an information sheet: Managing Your Emotions with some useful advice and links to additional reading.

“Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean ‘me first’. It means ‘me too’.”

During this unprecedented time, we may have feelings of fear and anxiety. The need for social distancing can make it hard to connect with others. Remember, we can be resilient in our own unique ways.

You can develop a toolbox of strategies to support your own emotional wellbeing. In order to support young people, you need to first take care of yourself. It’s not possible ‘to pour from an empty cup’.

Information Sheet - Managing Your Emotions (PDF)

Published: 01 April 2020

As a family (adult required) try this challenge to RE-USE a plastic bottle and make a new product. 

The Plastic Bottle Challenge (PDF)

Published: 31 March 2020

We are aware that some parents/carers circumstances may have changed as a result of Covid-19 and this may mean you are now eligible for Free School Meals and/or a Clothing Grant. 

If you think this may apply to you, please visit the Free School Meals/Clothing Grants area on the East Lothian Council website for further information and the relevant forms.

If you need help completing these forms there is support available on the website or alternatively please contact your young person’s Guidance teacher who should also be able to help you via a telephone call/email.

Published: 31 March 2020

If you haven't already heard... you can access Google Classroom on an Xbox or PS4 Games Console.

Access Google Classroom with Xbox

  1. Go to the Home Menu.
  2. Select My games and apps.
  3. Scroll down to Apps.
  4. Go to Microsoft Edge application.
  5. Type in a search for Google Classroom.
  6. Select Go to Classroom, then log in using Edubuzz email and password.

Access Google Classroom with the PS4 system

  1. Use your controller to scroll to the far right of the bar with games to Library.
  2. Select Library application.
  3. Within thin library use the search bar to type in Internet.
  4. Select the Internet Browser app.
  5. Start Internet Browser and press the triangle button on the controller to search.
  6. Once on the internet, type in the search box Google Classroom and select the appropriate link
  7. "Classroom: manage teaching and learning Google for Education-link below"
  8. Select Go to Classroom, then log in using Edubuzz email and password.

There are various YouTube videos demonstrating the process.



Published: 31 March 2020

Do you have an 'ancient' laptop, or one that is very slow an unusable, does it sit in the cupboard gathering dust?

Turn this into aa fast Chromebook ideal for use at this time when devices are at a premium in households.

Please note that this procedure cannot be supported by East Lothian Council in any way.



What do you have to lose?  Just backup any data first!

"Whether you're working from home or learning from home, CloudReady is the OS for you."

Visit the Neverware website for more information - but remember this CANNOT BE SUPPORTED BY ELC. If not absolutely ancient, it's likely that an older laptop can be converted to become a Chromebook.

Let us know if you have success with this.

Published: 31 March 2020

Due to the emergency closure, senior pupils will be pleased to hear that all courses on SCHOLAR can now be accessed. This means you can start looking forward and access some tutorials or materials for your new courses.

This means that you have now have access to 37 complete SQA NQ courses, with support materials available for a further four qualifications.

The new “Display other courses” toggle at the bottom of the welcome screen provides "guest access" to all of the courses.

Published: 30 March 2020

As you will be aware, the Depute First Minister has announced that this year’s SQA exams will not now go ahead. Firstly, and most importantly, please do not worry – we want the best for all of our pupils. We will do everything we can to ensure no Senior Phase pupil is disadvantaged, and the Scottish Government, and the SQA will be working with us on this. We understand that this is an uncertain time for everyone but we will keep you up-to-date with any new information as soon as we have it.

You can read the latest updates from the SQA on their website.

This letter (PDF) provides pupils and their families with an SQA update, and answers some of the more common questions we have had:

  • Will pupils’ achievements this year be recognised?
  • What happens if a pupil did not complete the coursework for a subject?
  • Can a pupil still complete and submit coursework to the SQA online with their teacher?
  • Why should a pupil continue to complete online tasks set by a teacher when the school cannot submit any work to the SQA for marking?
  • Will I receive certification for achievements this year?
  • How do teachers decide on an estimate grade?
  • A pupil has produced work at home – can that contribute to the estimate grade?
  • Does a disappointing prelim grade automatically mean a poor estimate grade?
  • Can a teacher tell a pupil what grade they are going to get in a subject?
  • Can a pupil find out what their final grade will be before 4 August?
  • Other commonly asked questions