COVID-19 Information Centre

Information and resources to support college staff through the COVID-19 crisis

Useful information for college staff

CDN has developed this page to bring together information and resources to help you and your college during the COVID-19 crisis.

We will continue to add to this page, and if there are any resources you’d like to share in this area, please contact:

Government and NHS Advice

Latest guidance from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government

How to protect yourself and others

Guidance for Educational Settings

Scottish Government Cyber Resilience Advice

Qualifications and Assessment

SQA and Colleges Scotland statement, Friday 3 April – latest approach to assessing HNC, HND, NC, NPA and NQ units.

Student and Staff Support – information from SQA, includes ‘student questions answered’ and ‘college staff questions answered’ sections.

Browse all SQA FAQs

Staff and Student Health and Wellbeing

Supporting Student Wellbeing (blog) – Jenni Moreland, Edinburgh College’s Student Wellbeing Adviser explains how the college has been supporting students during the COVID-19 crisis.

Ways to deal with Coronavirus Anxiety (blog) – Kirsty MacEwan, West College Scotland’s Student Wellbeing Adviser shares her top tips on how to deal with Coronavirus Anxiety…

Kindness Matters – Mental Health Awareness Week (blog) – Sandy MacLean, CDN Curriculum and Teaching Lead, explains why Kindness matters now more than ever…

Mental Wellbeing and Coronavirus – resources from SAMH.

Action for Happiness, Self-Care September – The aim of this September calendar is to practice self-care, to be kinder to yourself (as well as others), especially when things go wrong.

Coping with the anxieties of Coronavirus – webinar with developmental psychologist Dr Suzanne Zeedyk.

5 Work-Life Balance Tips – short but useful piece written by a specialist teacher of secondary students with social, emotional and mental health issues.

How to reduce stress with breathing – practical information on how to relax using a simple breathing technique.

Helpful messaging about Tobacco – Support and advice for smokers who want to quit and information about the health implications of smoking in relation to COVID-19.

Helpful messaging about Drugs – Support and advice for those concerned about their own drug use or the use of drugs by somebody that they know.

Helpful messaging about Alcohol – Support and advice for those who, as a result of COVID-19 or self isolation, may be drinking more frequently at home.

Support for Learning and Teaching

Successful online learning and teaching – Virtual Bridge webinar series – delivered in partnership with Jisc.

View all Virtual Bridge webinar recordings – including:

Recording Presentations via PowerPoint

12 EdTech Tips for Life

Learning Logs in OneNote

Digital Literacy Skills Revisited

Improving Personal Productivity through Digital

Copyright in a World of Digital Delivery

And many more!

How online resources can ensure continuity of learning – a resource from Jisc

Support for Students

Student Support Funding – information from the SFC

Flexibility in use of FE Discretionary Funds – information from the SFC

Student Support FAQs – information from the SFC

Keeping in Contact and Communicating with Students – a resource from Jisc

How To Look After Your Finances During Coronavirus – Young Scot funded partnership programme