Here is some information on the new qualifications from the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s (SQA) website:
New Qualifications – Support for Parents and Carers
Have you seen the new parent and carer section of our website?
It has a range of resources, including our new parent and carer leaflet, to help parents and carers to understand the changes to national qualifications. Our Mythbustervideos answer some of the most common questions.
We have a jargon buster to help explain the terms we are using while developing the qualifications. We also have a chartwhich tells you what qualifications young people will study depending on the school year they are in now.
We are publishing draft documents on our website for feedback as we are developing the new qualifications.
We have now published draft Course Assessment Specifications for National 5. These documents give more detail about how each National 5 Course will be assessed and define the mandatory assessment requirements.
The documents are quite technical and are aimed at teachers and education specialists but we also welcome feedback from parents. You can give us your comments via Have Your Say – www.sqa.org.uk/haveyoursay.
We have also recently published draft Unit Specifications for Higher. You can find out more about these documents on our website. Feedback on the latest documents can be given until 31 January 2012.
Keep visiting www.sqa.org.uk/cfeforparentsfor all you need to know about the new qualifications. Sign up for MyAlertsto receive e-mail updates.
If you wish to know the term and holiday dates for session 2013/2014 follow this link to the council pages. It may help you decide the best time for your holidays and to organise child care for the in-service days. http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=932&categoryID=860&pageNumber=3
Like it or not the future seems to be growing in the development of e-books. The reading scheme used in school is Oxford Reading Tree and the company have published over 150 free e-books on line for use at home. Try them out, the reading level goes up to 11 years old and has a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. In addition to the reading books there is a selection of free maths resources and e-books too, just click on the maths tab to see what is on offer. You can log on at http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/FindBook If you find it useful let me have some feedback, it just might make homework a wee bit more pleasurable, or is it just my boys that try patience to the limit?
Parental Questionnaire Oct11
This year we based our questionnaire on the model used by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education, or, as they are now known as Education Scotland. Their new web site can be found at http://www.hmie.gov.uk/ The results were very heartening with most of the results over 90% (adding together strongly agree and agree). It does pinpoint a couple of areas we will have to work with Pinkie Parents, namely taking parents views into account more and keeping parents better informed. Thanks to all those 115 parents who took the time to let us know what you think.
Please note that there will be a change in the procedure for school lunches on Friday. From this Friday, the 30th of September, Elite Catering will deliver the packed lunches directly to the classrooms. The pupils will then take the lunch home with them. The meals for the rest of the week will remain unaffected.