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Assessing Children’s Progress: A Guide for Parents and Carers

Assessing Children’s Progress: A Guide for Parents and Carers

As a parent or carer, you may have heard that changes are being introduced to the way your child’s progress is assessed in primary and early secondary school.                 

These changes relate to Curriculum for Excellence and are being introduced to tell us whether children in P1, P4, P7 and S3 have achieved the Curriculum for Excellence-defined level of understanding in literacy and numeracy.               

In this special edition newsletter, you will find a newly published leaflet for parents that provides information and aims to answer your questions about assessment of children’s progress and the introduction of national standardized assessments.             

Assessing your child’s progress: A Guide for Parents and Carers

The new national standardized assessments are part of the National Improvement Framework.        

More information on this and what it means for your child, can be found on the website Parentzone Scotland


Foster East Lothian


We need foster carers now

We urgently need new foster carers in East Lothian.  Fostering with East Lothian Council means great support, great training and a good financial package. More importantly, as part of our fostering team, you’ll be doing something fantastic, helping children and young people from East Lothian to stay in East Lothian, close to the people that are important to them – helping them to feel safe, loved and nurtured in your home.  Do this for East Lothian children in need. Foster East Lothian!

To find out more phone us on 01620 827 643 or visit East Lothian Council’s fostering web site at


School Meals

School lunches

The new winter menu starts on Monday 31st October 2016 and we are also beginning a new system of ordering lunches in an attempt to reduce the waste from the kitchen and ensure that children receive the meal of their choice.  The system involves the use of coloured wristbands and has been used successfully in other schools.

At registration in the morning children will indicate whether they are having a main meal (blue band), the vegetarian option (green band) or a baked potato (yellow band).  These colours correspond with the colour coding printed on the menu.  Please take time to discuss with your child what they might like so that they are in a position to make a decision as soon as they arrive at school.  They will then be issued with a band of an appropriate colour and the kitchen will cook sufficient quantities of each meal to ensure that no one is disappointed.  Children must not change bands with anyone else as they will be given the meal which corresponds with their colour.

We will be telling the children about these changes in school but it would be helpful if you could reinforce the message at home too.  Any feedback on the new system will be welcomed.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Digital Parenting

At the AGM of the Parent Council and PTA last week the subject of internet safety was clearly a concern of many parents.  Vodafone have a helpful website and produce a magazine called ‘Digital Parenting’ from time to time which you may find useful. The latest issue can be viewed HERE.