COVID-19 Quick Advice: Education & young people

The COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown has had a major impact on our children and young people, with schools all closed and exams cancelled for the first time in Scotland’s history, and higher and further education suffering significant disruption.

In addition to the closure of education institutions, children and young people have also experienced having most of their out of school and leisure activities halted, training and career opportunities narrowed, and face to face contact with friends reduced.

With the situation set to continue for some time it is important that children and young people adapt as best they can to continue learning, staying physically and mentally active and keeping in touch with friends in different ways.

Here are some of the key sources of advice and information for children and young people, and their families and carers, to support them during this period:

East Lothian Council

Scottish Government

East Lothian Young Carers


Active Schools East Lothian

Scottish Youth Parliament

Parent Club

Parenting Across Scotland

Children in Scotland

Children 1st

One Parent Families Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland

Universities Scotland

Scottish Funding Council

NUS Scotland

Young Scot

Youth Scotland

YouthLink Scotland

Scottish Association for Mental Health