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Children and Young People (Scotland) Act – East Lothian Council update for families

From 31 August 2016, the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act will commence. This Act states that every young person in Scotland is entitled to the support of a Named Person from birth until the until the age of 18.

All pupils will shortly be given a leaflet produced by Scottish Government, explaining the role of a Named Person. You can also find this leaflet on the East Lothian Council website, school websites and the Scottish Government GIRFEC website, along with lots of other information about the Named Person role.

For children in Primary Schools, their Named Person will be the Head Teacher, a Depute Head Teacher, or a Principal Teacher. In a Secondary School, it will be a Guidance Teacher or a Principal Teacher of Pupil Support.

During school holidays, the Named Person role will be undertaken by qualified staff at East Lothian Council. Details of who these people will be and how to contact them will be made available in August, on school and council websites.

Your individual school will inform you as to the name of your child’s Named Person in August, so that you have the most up to date information.

On 30 May, the Scottish Government will be launching a media campaign to raise awareness of the Named Person role and how this fits with the Children and Young People’s Act. East Lothian Council will publicise national materials through social media, on our websites and through pupil post.

For more detailed information, you can look online at the Scottish Government GIRFEC website. This contains a number of very useful and user-friendly documents.

NHS Lothian Vaccination Programme – Community Clinics for S1-S6 for HPV and MMR Catch Up

Did your daughter miss out on HPV (cervical cancer) vaccination when school nurses were with us?  There is another opportunity to get it in June.  More details are below.

Up to date with MMR vaccination ?  If not please see below for details of MMR clinics being run by NHS Lothian in June.  MMR protects against measles, mumps and rubella. 

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BFI Film Academy Scotland Residential 2016

Applications are now open for the BFI Film Academy Scotland Residential 2016 in Edinburgh, and it is open to young people across the UK between the ages of 16-19.

Over the past three years we have run BFI Film Academies across Scotland, and have trained and developed over 120 young people, helping them to produce over 14 short films. Participants have progressed from the Academy onto college and university film and media courses, national residential courses in specialisms such as VFX, Screenwriting, Cinematography, onto film and TV sets and some have even started their own production companies.

Over the course of eleven days, between 2nd and 12th August, we are offering intensive training in; storytelling, directing, production, sound recording, editing and camera with the final aim of devising, shooting and producing a plot driven narrative short film. Working with key individuals within the film industry, we will provide an understanding of commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.

An information sheet is below with further information on the course and where to access the application form.

Alton Towers 2016

There are still spaces available for Alton Towers 2016. This trip takes place on Wednesday June 29th and costs £46 in total. The trip is open to all students from S1 to S6.

If you would like a place please see Mr Bishop, Miss Rankin or Miss Tait as soon as possible.