All posts by Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

1140 Hours Meeting Information

Please find below all the information that was presented at last nights 1140 meeting,


The information attached here is very much based only on the circumstances in Dunbar Primary School.

Other schools in East Lothian may have different models to suit the needs of the service and community.

Remember that forms should be returned by  Monday 20th May2019.

1140 presentation for Dunbar parents 13.5.19

May 19 1140 expansion Parent FAQ

Dunbar parents consultation form May 2019

We are at the beginning of the  process to gather information and will endeavour to work with our current workforce arrangements. The goal is to come up with a suitable model for the  Dunbar  Community. We will provide a further information  session next session as the process develops.

Angus J MacRury



Included, Engaged & Involved

Identifying, Assessing and Providing for Additional Support Needs of Children and Young People


East Lothian Council believes that inclusion is the cornerstone that will help schools to achieve equity and excellence in education for all our children and young people. An inclusive approach, with an appreciation of diversity and an ambition for all to achieve their full potential is essential to getting it right for every child and raising attainment for all.

The purpose of the policy document below is to outline the ways in which East Lothian Council will meet the needs of children and young people who experience barriers to learning as a result of additional support needs, disability or factors impacting on their wellbeing.

The legislative and policy landscape includes, but is not limited to, the following:

 The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (and subsequent amendment in 2009) outlines the concept of additional support needs and the functions and duties that are placed on education authorities to identify and support those needs (see Appendix 1: The duties of the Authority under the ASL Act).

 The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 represented a fundamental shift in emphasis from parents having rights over children to the principle that parents have responsibilities towards their children. The Act also made it essential that local authorities, NHS Health Boards and all professionals and agencies work in collaboration to provide integrated services for children and families.

 The Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 requires education authorities to provide education for all children in mainstream schools, except under certain circumstances. In addition, it placed a new duty: to secure that the education is directed to the development of the personality, talents and mental and physical abilities of the child or young person to their fullest potential and to involve them in decisions, which will affect them significantly.

 The Education (Disability Strategies and Pupil Records) (Scotland) Act 2002 requires schools to make reasonable adjustments for the needs of disabled children and ensure they must not discriminate against disabled children. The Education Authority must prepare and implement an accessibility strategy to increase the access of its disabled pupils to the curriculum, extra-curricular activities, to school buildings and to information.

Supporting Children’s Learning: Code of Practice (third edition) 2017 explains the duties placed on Education Authorities and other agencies to support children and young people’s learning. It provides guidance on the ASL Act’s provisions as well as on the supporting framework of secondary legislation.

 The Equality Act (2010) simplified and strengthened previous protections for children and young people with ‘protected characteristics’ (e.g. age, race, disability and sexual orientation) from discrimination. This strengthened inclusion in education, including school trips and activities, for all children and young people regardless of their additional support needs or disability.

The Children and Young People Act (2014) has wide reaching powers to promote the Scottish Government’s aims to encourage effective and targeted services for children and families as well as the promotion of children’s rights. Through the Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) National Practice Model, the Act promotes cross-boundary models of service delivery to make best use of expertise and resources in an integrated way with the wellbeing of children and young people being paramount. The wellbeing indicators (safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included) ensure that a holistic approach is taken to ensure the wellbeing of all children and young people. The Act also introduced increased provision of early learning and childcare and a range of corporate parenting responsibilities to promote the wellbeing of children and young people in care.

 The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 (implemented in April 2018) states that each Local Authority has a duty to prepare an overarching young carer statement plus prepare for each young carer an individual statement which identifies personal outcomes, identified needs and any support to be provided to meet those needs.

Curriculum for Excellence aims to provide a coherent, more flexible curriculum for all children and young people aged 3-18 years. The curriculum comprises the totality of experiences which are planned for children and young people wherever they are being educated. Entitlement includes: a coherent curriculum from 3-18 years; a broad general education until S3; a senior phase after S3 and personal support to enable them to gain as much as possible from the curriculum and support in moving into a positive and sustained destination beyond school.

 The National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education sets out the Scottish Government’s vision and priorities for our children’s progress in learning. The Framework, part of the Education (Scotland) Act 2016, is key in driving work to continually improve Scottish education and close the attainment gap, delivering both excellence and equity.

Taken together, each requires Education Authorities to consider a wide range of issues facing children and young people and put in place processes and supports to:

  • Identify and provide support to allow children and young people to overcome any barriers to learning and reach their full potential;
  • Prevent discrimination of pupils with disabilities and protected characteristics and provide reasonable adjustments to ensure equality of opportunity in learning;
  • Plan for accessibility of the curriculum, school information and physical access;
  • Consider the wellbeing of children and young people.

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Weekly update 1st April

Monday 1st April


Belhaven bikes attending Lochend for free bike checks

7 – 9pm: Parent Council @ JMC

Tuesday 2nd April

2pm P1 BOATS – P1B, P1D & P1E

All Day: P6 Relax Kids in Dance Studio (using P6 Slots)

P6/P7 leaving at 9am for Belhaven

P4/P5 leaving at 11am for Belhaven

11 – 12pm: East Lothian Courier Photographer in for P7 class photos (outside) – check school uniform

Wednesday 3rd April

9.00 – 10.45 Piano Lessons in Music Room

9.00 – 12.30 P5 First Club Golf Visit


11 – 12.40: P6

9am Easter Assembly with Diana from St Annes

2pm P1 BOATS – P1A & P1C

A & P6E Relax Kids Sessions in Classrooms

Thursday 4th April

9.00-12.30 First Club Golf Tournament –


Friday 5th April

9.00-10.45 First Club Golf






The BIG Pedal 2019

It’s that time of year again! The Big Pedal is running from 25th March – 5th April.

In the past this has only counted cycling and scooting to school however this year it also includes walking too!

 We will gather the data in for the 10 school days the BIG Pedal runs for and hopefully win a great prize.

 The JRSOs will be promoting it this week too so they will talk at assembly on Friday and our pop up cones for the crossing.

 Belhaven Bikes are kindly coming to check bikes at Lochend on Monday 1st April.

More information Here:



Early Learning and Childcare Careers and Jobs Event

Early Learning and Childcare Careers and Jobs Event

  • Date: 23rd March 2019
  • Location: Queen Margaret University, Queen Margaret University Drive
    EH21 6UU
  • Time: 10:00 – 15:30
  • Cost: Free

We’re holding a career and jobs event focusing on the range of opportunities available in Early Learning and Childcare.

East Lothian Career and Jobs Event (Early Learning and Childcare

We’re holding a career and jobs event focusing on the range of opportunities available in Early Learning and Childcare.

It’s a growing sector – by 2020 the sector in Scotland will need up to 11,000 new recruits. Not all of these will work directly with children as practitioners, managers or childminders but also support services such as catering.

Who is the event for?

Everyone! Early Years and Childcare is a diverse industry and needs a wide range of people. Our event is for men and women of any age including:

  • Young people aged 17-25 who are in, or about to leave, school or college or who are looking for their first employment opportunity
  • Adults returning to the job market after a break in employment
  • Adults who used to work in the sector
  • Anyone with an interest in retraining to become involved in Early Years and Childcare
  • People wishing to explore self-employment opportunities, such as childminding.

It’s never too early or too late to play a role in shaping young children’s lives.

At the event you can

  • Meet local early years and childcare providers,
  • Speak to us and our partners about the industry and roles available
  • Learn more about training opportunities and career paths
  • View job opportunities available now in East Lothian
  • Find out how moving into employment could affect any benefits entitlement that you currently receive.

Exhibitors include: East Lothian Council, local providers, Early Years Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, training providers, Dad’s Work, Scottish Government.

Other informationFor information on travelling to Queen Margaret University.

Please get in touch with us on


Weekly Update 4th March

Monday 4th March

Red Noses being sold all week by P7s at the end of day for £1.25 each

AM: P7s in Dance Studio for Road Safety Performances (P7 Dance Studio Slots) 
Performance 1: 9.15 – 10.30am
Performance 2: 11 – 12.15pm
1-3pm P2 Dance – Giraffes can’t dance – music room

Tuesday 5th March

All Day: P6 Relax Kids in Dance Studio (using P6 Slots)
All Day: P7 Dental Checks in Quiet Room (upstairs next door to Butterfly Room)

Wednesday 6th March

8.55-11.30: Horse-riding
9.00 – 10.45 Piano Lessons in Music Room
ALL DAY: P7 Rugby sessions on field
9.30 – P1 Dental check

Thursday 7th March

World Book Day – Bring a Potato!

6.15 – 8.15: P7 Cluster Spring Fling in Lochend Gym Hall

Friday 8th March

No Friday morning meeting

9.00-9.45: P5 BOATS ALL P5 CLASSES 





National Standard Update Early Years Expansion 2020

National Standard Update

In order to ensure that the Funding Follows the Child approach will be introduced in August 2020 alongside the statutory roll-out of the expanded entitlement to 1140 hours the Scottish Government have produced the following:

national standardFunding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers: principles and practice –

This document sets out the approach and National Standard which all providers wishing to deliver the funded entitlement will have to meet.

The criteria are set in order to ensure that the funded ELC entitlement is delivered in high quality settings and focus on what children and their families should expect from the ELC experience, regardless of where they access their funded entitlement.

In addition to this document you can access a ‘Frequently asked questions for local authorities and providers’ document here Funding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers: guidance for local authorities –

Key Dates for week beginning 25th February

Monday  25th February

Fairtrade Fortnight Begins

P6 Internet Safety Workshops in classrooms

Tuesday 26th February

P6 Relax Kids

7pm: Parent Council @ JMC

Thursday 27th February


Wednesday 28th February

P7 Rugby Sessions on field

3pm – 5pm Safer Routes to School – community consultation at Bleachingfield

Friday 1st March

9-.945am: P7 Boats Day – Classrooms