Safer access to the new campus


Posted by Caroline Danks | Posted in Information for Parents, Parent Feedback, Safer Routes to School | Posted on 26-04-2021

Dear Parents / Carers,

Welcome back to school and hope the kids had a great break.  The Parent Council Team have been busy over the holidays and have some news to share.

We wanted to flag up that the plans for the new nursery school (moving to the main school campus) are online and can be viewed here  Planning ref: 21/00229/PCL.  We believe that the new facility will be a much needed and exciting resource for the children of North Berwick. However, it will have travel and access implications FOR ALL PARENTS / PUPILS who use the primary or NBHS as there will be no parking facilities at the nursery for parents. We have therefore set up a further meeting on Wednesday 28 April to outline these issues and try to find resolutions.  We really need you at this meeting to speak up for safer routes to get our kids to school so PLEASE come along:

Wednesday 28 April, 19.00 This will be a meeting to discuss accessibility to the main school campus. Our Active Travel Group has concerns about the lack of safe access routes for pedestrians. This meeting will provide an opportunity to hear directly from ELC planning, roads and climate change departments. We will also present our concerns, and proposed improvements for making the area safer Register here to join us –

After you have looked at the plans and/or attended the meetings, if you have any concerns or thoughts about them then the Parent Council are collating parents input and will submit these as one to East Lothian Council.  We will issue a survey to capture your thoughts.

Please note that if we do decide to submit an objection, it will be based on travel issues NOT the internal plans for the nursery as a parental consultation has already been carried out to look at these plans.  You are entitled to submit your own concerns to East Lothian Council directly – but please note this deadline is Friday 23 April. We have been granted an extension to this date for a collated response through the Parent Council of the 4th of May.

Any queries / comments please email the Parent Council.

Best wishes

Parent Council Team



Education Scotland survey about remote learning


Posted by Caroline Danks | Posted in Parent Feedback | Posted on 25-01-2021

Education Scotland are conducting a review of remote learning reaching out to local authorities, schools, parents, carers and learners. Their two surveys for parents/carers and learners are now live and the links can be found on the following page:

About the national overviews of practice | National overviews | COVID-19 education recovery | National Improvement Hub

Please note that both surveys close on Monday 25 January at 12 noon.

Better Support for Learning – collaboration


Posted by Caroline Danks | Posted in Information for Parents, Parent Feedback | Posted on 19-12-2020

Radical Re-design: parents as partners in effective collaboration for better Support for Learning for Children and Young People with Additional Support Needs

Parents as partners – please read this link.

East Lothian Council’s Education & Children’s Services, Inclusion & Wellbeing Service is embarking on new partnership with Animate Consulting and colleagues, to explore how to deliver better support for learning for children and young people with additional support needs using a collaborative inquiry based approach.

The recent Support for Learning Review identifies the need to radically redesign the way support for learning is implemented. It proposes that the new starting point needs to be ‘all our children and all their support needs’, recognising and addressing the increased complexity and barriers to learning that affect their lives and those of their families, that persist well beyond school and formal education.

In short this includes adopting a more relational and child centred approach characterised by:

  • values driven leadership,
  • an open and robust culture of communication, support and challenge underpinned by trust, respect and positive relationships between children, young people and their parents/carers, school staff and other professionals
  • a recognition that the current ‘narrow dominance of qualification results’ are inadequate measures of success, and
  • a commitment to improvement through experiential learning (learning by doing), reflection and review processes that encourage and support innovation and continually ‘test the gap between intention and reality.’

We believe that children and young people with ASN will make the most of their abilities and potential when they have the encouragement, support and services they need from the range of people who care about them and have responsibility for their development working collaboratively – bringing the best of who they are and what they know together in a safe, appreciative and creative environment.

We know that the ‘support for learning system’ will benefit greatly if a wider range of parents and carers are supported to actively contribute their knowledge, wisdom and experience. We know too that teachers and other professionals need support to consider how to change their systems in order to be more inclusive.

We want to learn how to improve support for children with ASN by focusing on schools in one locality, with the ultimate aim of sharing our learning more widely. We will do this by supporting an effective collaboration between young people, parents, teachers and professionals. Through listening to one another, trying out new approaches and reflecting and learning together, the collaboration will gain an in-depth understanding of what works for young people and their families. This will lead to a radical redesign of the way support for learning is implemented in one area, and lessons which can be learned to inform practice in other areas.

Our approach will include a mentoring programme, that will enable parents to take up their role as partners in the collaborative design and delivery of support for learning interventions for children and young people with Additional Support Needs (ASN). The collaboration will involve parents, teachers and other professionals. It will be informed by bringing in young people voices and supported by an action inquiry process ensuring that we reflect and learn as we design and implement a more relational and child-centred approach.

Action Inquiry (AI Group)

We are keen to form and support an AI Group to co-design the inquiry and are inviting you to join us.

We want the AI Group to include a range of stakeholders who are actively committed and engaged in providing and supporting the learning of children with ASN, including: parents, teachers and pupil support staff, Educational Psychologist; Children’s Services and Third Sector organisations.  We anticipate a group of around 10 people.

We are inviting you because we believe you will enrich our learning journey – we not asking you to ‘represent’ any particular organisational or group perspective, rather to bring your experience, knowledge and wisdom as well as your curiosity to the group. We believe that getting the ‘system in the room’ and sharing our differing experience and perspectives with one another will enable us to better see and understand ‘the whole picture’, and to use this new shared knowledge to find creative new ways enabling children and young people ASN to reach their potential and enjoy enriched and happy lives.

What is the commitment for members?

The project is scheduled to run for 5 school terms, from Jan 21 to June 22, and we anticipate that the Group will meet between 10 & 12 times for 2 hrs over the period, as follows:

  • 3 initial meetings (Jan- Apr 21) to establish the group, get to know one another and agree how we will work together
  • 8 periodic ‘sensemaking meetings’ (2 per term) to review and support the iterative development of the work.

We hope that you will be up for coming on this learning journey with us, and believe that it will both enrich us all as individuals and increase our capacity to work collaboratively to deliver improved outcomes for children and young people with ASN.

Date of first virtual meeting

To get us under way we have identified possibilities for our first meeting, please let me know your availability – 2 – 4pm Tuesday 12th or 10 – 12 noon Thursday 14th January 2021.

If you need any further information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself or Ian McKenzie, Lead Partner at Animate 07734037844.


Collating Positives, Planning Ahead


Posted by crooney | Posted in Information for Parents, Parent Feedback | Posted on 21-11-2020

Please find attached a very short survey trying to gather the views of parents / carers about the new measures that worked well for you during term one.