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Summary of 2020 Curriculum Structure & Feedback from Information Evening

Summary of 2020 Curriculum Structure, with Feedback from Information Evening

Having consulted with pupils, parents and teachers, and having looked outward at the curriculum structures of a range of successful schools, we have now agreed the S1 to S6 structure for our new curriculum from June 2020. This is just the beginning of our work on curriculum, as it simply lays out the number of 50 minute periods allocated to each area of the curriculum in each year. We will work during school session 2019-20 on planning to deliver the curriculum in 50 minute periods.

Parents and carers attended an information evening earlier on 30 May, at which we talked through the proposals for the new senior-phase (S4 to S6) curriculum structure, and sought feedback. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and the small number of concerns expressed will help us to ensure we manage the change effectively. Feedback regarding the East Lothian Common School Day was more mixed, but again we will reflect on the concerns in order to mitigate any possible issues. We greatly appreciate the support of the parents and carers who were able to attend.

Please click on the links below to view a summary of the new structure from S1 to S6, along with a collation of feedback from the information evening and our responses.

NBHS 2020 curriculum flow chart

Information Evening Feedback and Responses

NBHS Receives GTCS Excellence In Professional Learning Award

North Berwick High School receives the GTCS Excellence in Professional Learning Award!

I am delighted to share this news with everyone in the North Berwick High School community! We were very honoured to be nominated for this prestigious Award by Fiona Robertson, East Lothian’s Head of Education. Having reviewed the nomination, the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) agreed that our submission merited a visit by a GTCS Panel. This visit took place on Tuesday 21 May and, as you will see from the attached report, it was a very rigorous process indeed. The Panel met many staff, pupils and partners throughout the day; their activities included hearing a presentation from the senior leadership team, visiting classes, holding twelve focus groups and reading key documentation. In recognising the school’s excellence in professional learning, the Panel noted key strengths under the following headings:

  1. The Professional Standards (GTCS)
  2. Leadership of and for learning
  3. Learning by enquiry
  4. Learning that deepens knowledge and understanding
  5. Learning as collaborative.

I have always known that the staff at NBHS are passionate about their own learning as well as that of their pupils; I have also always known that our young people absolutely embody our values of curiosity and diligence. It is lovely, then, to have this recognised by the GTCS Panel. I am so proud of our whole school community!

Lauren Rodger
Head Teacher

Click  here to view the GTCS report.