FLIP (Family Led Information Point)

FLIP (Family Led Information Point) is for parents and carers of children with additional support needs in East Lothian. It offers parents and carers the chance to meet up and share experiences and access information about services and support for children with additional support needs and their families. FLIP parents and carers also get a chance to share their views on how services for children with additional support needs could improve.

Further information can be found here.



It’s now so easy to find activities for young people with additional support needs!

Are you ready to Get Connected?

Get Connected is a website that helps you find local sport, art and youth groups in East Lothian.

  • Find accessible activities on the Get Connected MAP
  • Watch VIDEOS of what local kids have been up to
  • Meet your ‘Get Connected’ CHAMPIONS which are organisations that champion inclusion in your community

Get started and find loads of fun activities today!

We also have a Facebook and Twitter where we upload loads of useful info too.

If you do any cool activities already, let us know with the #getconnectedELC hashtag! We’d love to share your pics and videos.



Is your child eligible for free school meals, and if so, have you registered?

Schools receive additional funding of £1,200 from the Scottish Government for every pupil in P1 to S3 who is registered for free school meals. This is called Pupil Equity Funding, and schools use this additional money to help fund a wide range of initiatives to support achievement and provide the best possible opportunities for children’s learning.

How do I know if my child is eligible for free school meals?

Please visit our website www.eastlothian.gov.uk  to check your eligibility and download an application form.

Even if your child does not wish to take up the option of having a free school meal every day, we would encourage you to register so that your child’s school will receive the Pupil Equity Funding allowance to support their learning.


Parental Engagement Strategy 2017

East Lothian Council has recently finalised a new Parental Engagement Strategy.  It aims to ensure that all parents and carers are encouraged and supported to engage as partners in their children’s learning, and to become involved in the life of the school/early learning and childcare centre.   The Strategy also ensures that we can continue to build on existing good practice and create further opportunities for our parents/carers and schools/early learning and childcare centres to work together.   The publication of the Parental Engagement Strategy follows consultation with and collaboration between parents, head teachers, early learning and childcare colleagues, and key education officers.   The Strategy received the Council’s approval at the June meeting of its Education Committee, and will be reviewed annually in line with legislation.

The core aims of the Strategy are to ensure that parents and carers:

  • Are made to feel welcome and included
  • Are engaged with their children’s learning
  • Are communicated with in a variety of ways
  • Are able to contribute to Family Learning opportunities
  • Are able to access support
  • Are encouraged to participate in Parent Forum Meetings

You can find the full document on the East Lothian Council website at http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/downloads/file/12779/parental_engagement_strategy_2017-full_report