Reopening of Schools - Recovery Process

Midlothian Promise

Over the last few weeks our primary and secondary schools have been working on a return to school in August.

The central principle that our schools are working from is that all school recovery plans must comply with public health advice to ensure all learners, staff and parents/carers are safe when we do return. As we move through Scotland’s Routemap through and out of the crisis our schools are planning, including contingency planning, with the information provided nationally to do so.

Therefore, agreed principles will provide the necessary consistency across our local authority and provide a clear and transparent basis for schools to make their local, school by school, decisions on an August reopening.

However, as Midlothian Council recognises that our schools are different, the following key principles are what all schools have agreed to work from as they prepare for an August return. This work will inevitably result in school by school differences in the learner experience. These are likely to be most apparent in our secondary schools due subject specialisms of our teaching staff and their availability in individual schools.

Nevertheless, we believe that these principles, and associated collegiate working between schools, will support school leaders to make the best decisions they can in the circumstances we find ourselves in.


Please see attached document for complete Midlothian Promise.



Our website will be updated regularly with guidance and information from Scottish Government and Midlothian Council.

Published on
Friday, 29 May, 2020

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