Tag Archives: Curriculum for excellence

Building a Curriculum for West Barns Primary School

West Barns Primary School was inspected in November 2013.  The lead inspector during the feedback challenged the school community to develop the curriculum to make it the ‘West Barns Curriculum’.  Over the past 18 months, the school community has worked to develop the curriculum – moving from ‘a blank wall’ to a shared understanding of the rich West Barns Curriculum experienced by the learners.  Follow the link to the West Barns Curriculum Magazine to look at how the school has outlined the curriculum for parents:

Curriculum for West Barns BOB




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East Lothian ‘Making Maths Matter’ Conference – Professor Louise Hayward Keynote

At the recent ‘Making Maths Matter’ Conference on 13th March, Professor Louise Hayward from Glasgow University provided an overview of the International research and current thinking on ‘Closing the achievement gap’ between those in the most and least deprived areas. This focus is a National and Local priority and the overview from Louise provides clear points for reflection as we continue to develop strategies in schools and communities to improve achievement.

The video of her presentation at the conference can be found at this link: http://links.edubuzz.org/makingmathsmatter

TeachMeet Returns

Last year, we held East Lothian’s first ever TeachMeet and had a fantastic evening. This year, we’ve teamed up with the Scottish Book Trust to hold a TeachMeet for the Lothians & Borders in Edinburgh in June.

What is TeachMeet?

Learn something new, be amazed, amused and enthused. This is an informal gathering of those curious about creative approaches to teaching and learning. Anyone can share great ideas they’ve trialled in their classrooms, ask important questions or simply sign up to take part in learning conversations.

What will be happening?

Teachers will be signing up to present for two or seven minutes, or to lead a learning conversation. Anyone can sign up to do this, so you could be one of them? Everyone else can sign up to attend, listen and discuss.

When is this happening?

This TeachMeet is taking place from 6.30pm to 9pm on Tuesday 7th June 2011.

Where is this TeachMeet?

Our partners, the Scottish Book Trust are kindly providing the venue. You’ll find us at the end of Trunk’s Close off the High Street in Edinburgh. More details can be found on their website: www.scottishbooktrust.com/contact

How do I sign up?

It’s totally free and you can sign up yourself now by editing the wiki page: