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Speech and Language Therapy Drop Ins

Do you have concerns or questions about your child’s listening and talking?

Is your child under 5 years old?

Come and chat about fun ways to help your child.

We have Drop-Ins happening across East Lothian where you can bring your child and speak to one of our Speech and Language Therapists.

You can come along to the date, venue and time below that best suits you!


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East Lothian Youth Theatre – Drama Classes

East Lothian Youth Theatre run fun professional drama classes which are subsidised by East Lothian Council.  We believe every child in East Lothian should have the opportunity to experience  good quality drama provision.

Drama is a fantastic tool for communication with young people and here are 11 Important Benefits of Drama
Improved –

  • Self-Confidence
  • Imagination
  • Empathy
  • Cooperation
  • Concentration
  • Communication Skills
  • Fun
  • Emotional Outlet
  • Physical Fitness
  • Memory
  • Appreciation for Arts and Culture

Not forgetting it is a lot of fun!

East Lothian Youth Theatre –(ELYT) run affordable classes throughout East Lothian

To see more check out the facebook page –

To book online go to

Any queries contact / 0131 665 9900.

Primary School Flu Vaccination

Consent packs are now out for flu vaccination for pupils in P1 – P7 (taking place in school at JMC & Lochend on Wednesday 23rd October 2019).

The flu nasal spray vaccine for primary school children helps to protect against flu.  Flu is a virus; it spreads quickly and can infect children and adults very easily, causing an unpleasant illness which can be serious.

When you receive a consent pack, please complete and sign the consent form and return it to school asap.

More information about the programme can be found on:

Or you can call NHS Inform on 0800224488 for more information (8am to 10pm Monday – Friday and 9am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday).

Revised School Session Dates 2019/2020

You may be aware that as part of the national teachers’ pay negotiations two additional in-service days for school session 2019/20 have now been approved by the Scottish Government. 
The first of these additional days is Monday 21 October 2019, with the East Lothian in-service day moving to Tuesday 22 October 2019
The second additional day will be Tuesday 7 January 2020.
Therefore, please find the revised School Session Dates for session 2019/20 below:

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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