A DUNFERMLINE councillor has said no pupil should be left behind as classrooms move online.

After Monday's announcement that schools will be closed until the end of January, Fife Liberal Democrat spokesperson James Calder has called for the council to ensure pupils who did not engage in online learning platforms during the last lockdown are reached this time.

“Last time, about 80 per cent of pupils did engage in the online learning platforms around Fife but this does mean that 20 per cent missed out," he said.

"Education is crucial and full engagement with online learning is necessary at this time.

“I know our superb education workforce have worked admirably through these challenges but they need more support from the council to help with this.

“The council must take action to try and ensure no pupil is left behind. I’m keen that any lessons learned after the last lockdown are put into practice.”

Angela Logue, Fife Council's head of education and children's services, said all schools were prepared to support remote learning whether that be online or through materials provided to be completed at home.

"Over 4,000 devices have already been distributed to children and young people, with a further 1,000 devices to be distributed in the next two weeks," she said. "Connectivity solutions have also been provided where necessary to improve access to the internet.

"Parents and carers will be contacted directly by their schools on arrangements for their continued learning throughout January following yesterday's announcement by the First Minister.

"Schools will be working to make sure all children and young people are supported and will be following up directly to help resolve any specific issues."