Parental weblog

Friday 21st April

8.15-9.50 Education officers' meeting – as usual we went round the table each person updating on their work and any school issues.

10.00 Department Briefing

10.30-12.00 Campie Primary School – I met with members of the school board to help set up a
school board blog. This will be the first parental blog on Exc-el. It will be called a view from the gates but hopefully we can demonstarte that our partnership extends beyond the gates. The headteacher Patricia McCall is to be congratulated for welcoming such involvement. I spoke to the parents about our blogging principles – and I'm confident it will add a rich new dimsnsion to our site. Hopefully it can provide a model for other boards to follow suit.

1.00-2.00 Directorate Meeting with Alan Blackie and Alan Ross. We hadn't met since prior to the Easter break so there was fair amount to get through.

2.00 – 2.30 Met with Bill Torrance, the new EIS local secretary to discuss the time he will require for him to undertake his duties.

2.30-3.00 joined Alan Blackie who was meeting Phil Denning our new district HMIe. I'm looking forward to working with Phil who has great experience in community learning and development. This is an area we are keen to develop, particularly in relation to a curriculum for excellence and supporting the lowest attaining 20% of students.

3.00-4.00 Met Diane French, one of our integration officers. I was keen to find out more about the pressures facing the integration team. It came as no surprise that the greatest challenge comes from the lack of boundaries for their involvement. They are pulled between supporting schools and the local social work practice teams. I'm confident that we can resolve this problem over the next couple of months.

4.00-5.30 Tried to catch up on correspondence – gave up – packed my bag and headed for home.