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Parental Consultation: You Said, We Did

In May and June of 2013, the school carried out a wide consultation with pupils, parents, partners and staff, focusing on three specific areas: curriculum; ethos; learning and teaching. The responses from that consultation helped to inform our 3-year School Improvement Plan for 2013 – 2016. Two years later, in May and June 2015, we again invited members of the school community to share their thoughts with us. Apart from asking for opinions on the school aims and values, this time we did not ask respondents to focus on any particular area. Rather, we simply asked respondents to tell us what the school does well and where/how it could improve. Staff spent an inservice session on the consultation; pupils had an extended registration one morning; parents were offered eight drop-in sessions or invited to respond via email; and the Parent Council dedicated part of a meeting to the consultation.

The ‘You Said, We Did’ table here outlines some of the ways that we have acted upon the feedback which parents shared with us in the 2015 consultation. Our intention is to hold these wide consultations every two years. We do, of course, welcome feedback from members of the school community at any time. Simply email us on: communications@northberwickhigh.elcschool.org.uk.

I would like to thank all parents and partners who took the time to share their thoughts with us. If you would like to be more involved in the work of the school, please consider joining our Parent School Partnership.

Lauren Rodger, Head Teacher

June 2016

Parent School Partnership – how to get involved

The results from a recent survey of parents indicated that 58% would like to be more involved with the school. This year there are a number of opportunities to get involved in supporting the school, on quite a few different topics.

Currently small groups of parents are actively involved in helping the school by, for example:

(1)  Preparing for growth in the number of pupils resulting from recent local government planning activity across the cluster;

(2)  Consulting on learning and on the development of the curriculum;

(3)  Creating stronger communication links between the school and parents.

The Parent School Partnership oversees these activities and each group would welcome the additional support of a few parents. As well as these two topics, we would also like to represent the views of parents of NBHS on two important local forums: the East Lothian Association of Parent Council Members (an opportunity to lobby the East Lothian Council) and the North Berwick Coastal Ward Area Partnership (an opportunity to represent the views of the school and the parent forum in local planning and other issues).

If you would be able to offer your time to help contribute to any of these topics, or would wish to ask one of the Parent School Partnership members about them,  please email parentcouncil@northberwickhigh.elcschool.org.uk

Future meeting dates:
Tuesday 19th January
Wednesday 2nd March
Tuesday 26th April
Tuesday 31st May

National Parent Forum of Scotland

Information received from Carol Snow, East Lothian Rep, NPFS for sharing with parent forum:

NPFS Annual Conference Report
Update from Scottish Government on taking forward the Wood Commission Recommendations

Here is a link to our new Pathways Nutshell which was launched on 31 October:

http://www.npfs.org.uk/learning-pathways/
and the press release:
http://www.npfs.org.uk/2014/10/31/2247/

For primary Parent Councils –

Here is a link to the new guidance on determining primary school capacity –
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0046/00461513.pdf

Homework Policy

The Parent Council regularly consults and listens to parents on a wide variety of issues.  Analysis of the feedback received identified homework as a topic frequently raised by a wide cross section of parents. To follow up on this the Parent Council undertook a detailed internet based survey of parents to better understand the issues and over the last year has consulted widely with parents on this topic at all opportunities. Following a review of the feedback from these consultations, the key findings were discussed with the school.  Continue reading Homework Policy