Scotland in Focus Unit

SQA Scottish Studies, Scotland in Focus Unit can be completed by all pupils during our school closure.

You will need to plan and complete an activity that will help you to learn or broaden your knowledge about an aspect of Scotland that is of interest to you.

This might involve, for example, finding out about: a famous Scottish person, place or invention; Scottish music, art, literature or architecture; Scottish communities at home or abroad; people, circumstances or events that have influenced Scottish culture.

It is an SQA award when completed fully.



When this work is completed send it to the email address




Pupil Pack:

Pupil Pack Scottish Studies 



Free School Meals Update

New direct payment system for free school meals

A new payment system is being set up for pupils who receive free school meals.

It will start on Friday 27 March and run throughout the current health crisis.
Parents and carers of pupils who receive free school meals will be sent a message twice a week from the council.
It will include a voucher code for £10.00 (you will receive a total of £20.00 per child per week).
The message will be sent either as a text message to your mobile phone, by email or as a printed copy if you don’t have internet access.
You can use the voucher code at any shop that accepts Pay Point, for a list of your local Pay Point retailers visit [ and enter your postcode.

For more information, please email the free school meals team on:




Sumdog is an online resource full of games to help encourage Mathematical and Numeracy skills of pupils for S1 to S3.

Within this program, we also have ‘Spelldog‘ which applies the same principles to Literacy.

Pupils will require their username, password and school code.

Our school code is ‘cardinalnewman2


Please email the following address to be sent access to your login:

Working from Home

Departments are currently updating content on their websites for pupils to access work from home.

Some of these sites are password protected due to the licencing of copyrighted content.

A list of all Department passwords is featured on our ‘Pupil’ section of our website, along with pupil logins for Glow and Sumdog.

To access the ‘Pupil’ area, you will require a password. 

Please email the following address to be sent the ‘Pupil’ password:


School Support for Key Workers

School Support for Key Workers

The list of schools below will be open from Tuesday March 24 for the children of key workers. All other schools will be fully closed.

It is essential, to stop the spread of coronavirus, that people who can work from home do work from home. If you have a partner who is not a key worker they must provide childcare. This is not business as usual and it is vital that this support being offered is only accessed by those who absolutely require it to enable NHS and other critical services to function.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should any child who has symptoms of coronavirus, or who lives in a household where someone has symptoms, present at school. The whole family must follow the self-isolation advice..

Schools open between 9am and 3pm

If your child normally goes to school in BELLSHILL or VIEWPARK:
Please take your child to St John Paul II Primary School, 1 Laburnum Rd, Viewpark, G71 5DG

All parents/carers will need to complete a keyworker form on arrival at the hub school.

If you are a parent/carer of a child who attends an LCSC unit, and you require school support as you are a key worker, your child should attend the nearest school to you as listed above.

Volunteer staff should attend hub school nearest their place of work for 8.45am.


Key workers must take their child to the relevant school hub as listed above. No school transport will run.

Free school meals

For those children who are eligible, and who require this service, please come to the schools listed above between 12.30pm and 1.15pm. We are working very hard to provide a more localised service and will announce details in due course.

ASN Schools

ASN schools will continue to be open for those who require key worker support. We are continuing to assess the specific requirement for children and will make further announcements as soon as we can. ASN transport for those requiring it, will run.


NLC Statement

Dear Parent/Carer,

Although all schools officially closed on Friday afternoon at 3pm, we recognise our duty to support Key Workers in posts which ensure that essential services can be delivered and cover tasks within the local community which support the vulnerable and aid community resilience. Definitions of key workers and eligibility are outlined in Appendix A. This service is for families where both parents/carers are key workers or in the case of single parent families, where the main care giver is a key worker.

It is essential to stop the spread of COVID-19 that people who can work from home do work from home.  The remaining education support service should only be accessed by those who absolutely require it to enable National Health Service and other critical services to continue and also for vulnerable young people. We appreciate your cooperation with this. 

Arrangements for week beginning Monday 23rd March 2020

If you are an eligible key worker, who has no other suitable childcare arrangements then your child can attend school as normal on Monday 23rd March, school transport will run as normal.  If you are able to go in person to school or establishment, staff will ask you to complete a proforma.  If you are unable to do that then the school or establishment will contact you to gather information.

Future Plans

Over the course of this transition week, the council will collect data from across Schools and Centres and use this data to inform its planning.  This may involve closing some schools and moving to a cluster/hub model, with only identified schools and centres remaining open to support Key workers who have no alternative childcare in place.  In practice, this may mean that your child attends a different school, but within their locality. 

Meeting your needs

This week, you will be asked to complete a form to provide us with essential information about you and your child.  This will include information about your employment, work patterns and emergency contact details. This information will be used by the council to build up a picture of the requirement for education services across each locality. The more information you provide the more prepared we can be.  Further information will be provided about this later in the week.


School Meals

All children who are entitled to free school meals will be able to access these meals. If you need to access this support please take your child to their usual school at the school’s normal lunchtime.

Breakfast clubs will be open in those schools that normally offer them.

SQA Course Work

Scottish Government have clarified your child should not attend school to complete any SQA course work.  The school may ask you to complete course work remotely.

Teachers know your children well and already have a wide range of evidence on which to base their professional judgement. Estimated grades will be based on predicted attainment, coursework and assessment. They will NOT only be based on prelim marks. Since all estimates and professional judgements have not yet been carried out, I would ask that you do not contact the school at this time for that information. Although there is no process for appealing professional judgement, the SQA have indicated that their post results service will be free of charge this year. Further information on this will be issued in due course.

Finally, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should any child who has symptoms of coronavirus, or who lives in a household where someone has symptoms, present at school. The whole family must follow the self-isolation advice.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

Yours sincerely

Head Teacher

SQA Past Papers Trick

SQA past paper trick to allow students to type their answers directly into the papers online, they can then be saved to be marked.

Copy the barcode on the front of the paper and paste it into Google’s search bar. Click on the result “Subject Spell check on”.

When studying for exams, the best activity students can do is practise old exam papers, they can be found on the SQA website.

Doesn’t appear to work on iPhone, but does with a computer.

EMA – Coronavirus Queries

Educational Maintenance Allowance

Those young people who are in receipt of EMA and who are unable to meet their agreed attendance requirements either through self-isolating, contracting the virus or through the learning institution being closed will continue to receive their EMA payment.’


 Q: If  schools/colleges close will EMA continue to be paid?

 A: The guidance states that an authorised absence would include a scenario where the learning centre is closed due to unforeseen circumstances. This would apply in this instance.


Q Will students who are in Self Isolation because of Coronavirus receive their EMA payments?

A The guidance states that an authorised absence includes ill health and additionally the breakdown of a student’s method of  transport to and from the institution, a scenario which could arise in future. This also applies to those who have self-isolated due to their parents/carers having health issues which put them at risk.


Q Will everyone whose application has been authorised on the system continue to receive EMA over any self -imposed isolation and/or complete shutdown of the schools/colleges?

A Yes. As stated above the guidance allows for absence for unforeseen circumstances, which is applicable in this current situation.  We appreciate that many doctors surgeries will not be in a position to issue medical certificates in most cases and would urge that you view such cases sympathetically and follow the discretion which the guidance allows.


Educational Maintenance Allowance

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