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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

North Berwick Education Consultation

Follow this link to the North Berwick Education Consultation portal on the councils website:

https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/northberwickconsultation/

The proposal under consideration are as follows :-

Proposal 1 – Proposed closure and re-designation of North Berwick Nursery School to Law Primary School Nursery Class

  • North Berwick Nursery School will be closed and re-designated to Law Primary School Nursery Class and this will take effect from August 2018.

Proposal 2 – To alter the school catchment areas of Dirleton Primary School and Law Primary School

  • The catchment area of Law Primary School will be extended to include the new residential development at Ferrygate Meadow (Local Development Plan Proposal NK5) and the houses in the area of Westerdunes Park, North Berwick currently in the catchment of Dirleton Primary School. This will become operational with immediate effect.

There are opportunities to find out more and discuss the proposals advertised

COME ALONG AND FIND OUT MORE

> Public Meeting: 

  • Tuesday 21 November 2017 at 7pm in North Berwick High School

> Drop in Session:

  • 6 November: 12pm – 5pm Dirleton Primary School  
  • 9 November: 12pm – 5pm North Berwick Community Centre