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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.

Course Drop in Surgery – Edinburgh College

Tomorrow is SQA exam results day! We hope your pupils get the grades they were looking for. However, we know this can be a worrying time of year for students who are not sure of their next move following their results.

Edinburgh College is holding a Course Drop-In Surgery on Friday 12 August for anyone who wishes to discuss their options for starting a college course this year.

Course advisors and funding experts will be on hand to give students support with fast track applications for courses with places available for starting in August.

Course Drop-In Surgery
Friday 12 August 2016
12 – 4pm
Sighthill Campus
Bankhead Avenue
EH11 4DE

If pupils are unable to make it to Sighthill Campus, they can discuss exam results and make a course application over the phone by calling our course recruitment team on Friday 12 August on 0131 660 1010.

Make it happen this year with Edinburgh College

School Leaver opportunities

Scott-Moncrieff, an accountancy firm based in Edinburgh & Glasgow have recently launched a new five year strategic plan and are looking to continue to grow and develop their business. The firm are focused on supporting and growing own talent and they are looking for ambitious and enthusiastic school leavers to join them in shaping their future.

They understand university is not the desired route for all school leavers so want to offer an alternative route to help kick start young worker’s careers.

The firm will be dedicated to the school leaver’s development and will support them throughout their studies to help them gain a recognised professional qualification (the same as a graduate would receive):

  • The initial year of the school leaver’s programme will be general work experience, getting to know the different departments within the firm and getting to grips with day to day office life. An online bookkeeping course will be completed in the first year
  • They would then go on to a 2 year funded AAT apprenticeship programme
  • When the AAT programme is successfully completed there would be the opportunity to progress to ICAS, ACCA or CIPFA

As mentioned they are looking for driven and focused individuals who are ready to be challenged. An Accountancy background is not essential.

They are currently looking for 3 school leavers. Ideally one to begin in August 2016 and two to begin in December 2016 – however dates can be flexible.

Below is a copy of the school leaver job description for your information and application form.