Our Active School’s Co-ordinator, Laurie Daborn, is inviting parents, carers, local folk, aunties, uncles and others to take up volunteering in Pencaitland Primary to create more opportunities for kids to take part in fun, enjoyable and active past-times here in the village.
If you, or someone you know over the age of 16, is interested in finding out more, please get in touch with Laurie or pass your details into school.
New anti-bullying policy marks commitment to foster respect for all.
The Education Committee of East Lothian Council approved ‘Respect for All’ in June 2017, a new anti-bullying policy that aims to ensure a consistent approach in tackling bullying behaviour in schools and other childcare settings.
The policy development was supported by ‘respectme’, Scotland’s anti-bullying service, and follows consultation with staff, school councils, parents and children. The policy is designed to ensure a consistent approach across all education settings in East Lothian, in line with the Scottish Government’s ‘National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland’s Children and Young People’.
Fiona Robertson, Head of Education at East Lothian Council, said:
“East Lothian is committed to creating and sustaining a safe, positive, and inclusive environment for everyone in our all of our schools and learning environments. Respect For All follows rigorous consultation with school staff and the wider school community including parent and pupil councils, parents and carers, and of course, our children and young people. It provides clear guidelines on what to do when bullying behaviour is reported, and will ensure that all incidents are consistently dealt with in a constructive and fair manner. All of our colleagues and partner agencies will be informed of this policy, to ensure a consistent approach across East Lothian.”
Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet Spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services, said:
“Every child and young person has the right to grow up free from bullying behaviour and enjoy a learning environment which welcomes diversity and nurtures respect. This policy marks a clear commitment from the council and its partners to protect children and young people from bullying, and respond quickly and effectively to all forms of bullying behaviour. I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to contribute to this policy.Tackling bullying is the responsibility of everyone in the school community, and we must all work to create a culture that encourages respect, values opinions, celebrates differences and promotes positive relationships which makes it difficult for bullying behaviour to flourish. This policy makes clear that such behaviour won’t be tolerated.”
The new Play Policy for East Lothian is already being acclaimed as an example of excellent practice – the consultation carried out through to the finished document – and this is now to be embedded throughout East Lothian.
Official launch today – 23rd August – so please do download your copy now – for personal use, for groups and schools, all settings for children and young people.
Children are such amazing, compassionate, caring and openly loving young human beings.
Sometimes though, they disconnect from others around them, and their behaviour can be callous, cruel and destructive. Often without ever realising, especially in this digital age and one where so many influences affect our young kids long before they are old enough to start processing things clearly.
Some of us hardy members of the parent council have been checking out the possibility of having some training on the subject of equality and diversity. It’s a fascinating area, and one which challenges some of the most deeply-held perceptions (and self-perceptions) we can have, often without even being aware of them.
We hope to bring you news of that initiative quite soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d share for your delectation a BBC radio programme (and associated article) which explore the subject, and some of the issues surrounding it (see the links below).
I was particularly struck by the following passage from the article:
“How early in our lives do we absorb these cultural stereotypes? Sarah Jane Leslie conducted one study with children. Boys and girls were told about a person who was really clever, and given no clue as to the person’s gender. Then they were shown four pictures, two women and two men, and were asked which of these people was the clever person. Aged five, boys and girls were just as likely to pick out a man than a woman.”
“Within a year, the culture in which we swim, appears to have had an effect. “Aged six,” says Leslie, “girls are significantly less likely than boys to think that a member of their own gender can be that really, really smart person.”
It seems vital to me, that we are all aware of such things in our lives, and how we might inadvertently be contributing to them. I don’t think you need to be a father of girls to agree that anything which might limit the potential of half the country’s population needs to be learned about, and avoided if at all possible.
The full magazine article by David Edmonds can be found here. The BBC Radio 4 documentary programme is here.
No two children are the same, no two adults are either, but there’s no two ways about it, when adults play with children and children invite adults to play with them, it’s like a whole load of fairy dust is sprinkled around.
“Giving our time to our children is one of the most magical gifts we can ever bestow upon them.” Remember that feeling when you were young and your mum and dad joined in a game with you? When they taught you a game they used to play? When you just all had a whole heap of fun together? Maybe it was a favourite aunt or uncle – or your friend’s parents that included you – whoever it was, it was a very special time in your childhood.
So now, we have a very special chance to share in some break-time with our kids. Join them in the playground Mon-Thurs (any day that suits you, and more than one if you can) during lunch break. Have fun together.
If they have hit that age that they don’t think it is so cool (hard to imagine of course 🙂 ) – then join their friends’ parents and just enjoy being reacquainted with games of your childhood again.
12-22 June ’17 is open to parents, grandparents and carers of children in PPS to roll back the years, get up to date with their games now – you might even want to just get a bit arty and create some story and number stones :).
If you have younger children too – please come on Wed of week 1 (14th June) or Thurs of week 2 (22nd June) – and, of course, keep a close eye on them. It will be a different experience for the pupils to have such little ones there too.
So, get your diaries out and score off BUSY on any of these lunchtimes…mark it up “Making Memories Together at PPS”