What does that mean?

The Education System is full of two things – pupils and jargon. It’s true!

Don’t despair though, whilst the pupils are cared for in school we, the parent council, are taking care of the Jargon.

Confused and Perplexed 

Head on over to Jargon Busting and let us know if something else has come up that has you baffled.

Parental Engagement Strategy – East Lothian 2017

Aha, the very thing we hear you say – just what I was waiting for!


Joking aside, you might really enjoy looking through this. PPS works hard to ensure that parents and carers are fully viewed as partners in all the education of the children. It’s a shared journey and responsibility between the pupils, parents/carers and the professionals entrusted with education through schooling. Education is actually much broader than the delivery of curriculum in school though and we all play a major part in outcomes.

So, following consultation throughout E. Lothian and feedback on draft policy, this version was formally adopted just before the summer for launch and roll-out over this school year.

The full version of the strategy is here: – ELC_PES_2017_ReportWEB_3

A shorter summary which you may have seen in leaflet form, is here:- PARENTAL_ENGAGEMENT_ELC_FINAL_WEB_.

How to Stop A Bully

Being Bullied hurts – a lot.

It can result in longterm difficulties and problems for many children, right into adulthood.

Brooke Gibbs is a social skills educator and teaches Conflict Resolution and Emotional Resilience through sharing understanding about “Dominance theory” to students.

How To Stop A Bully

This video just might fix your kid's bullying problem!More resources at BrooksGibbs.com.

Posted by Brooks Gibbs on Monday, October 16, 2017


If interested – more resources can be found through website http://brooksgibbs.com/videos/#speaking

Active Schools Volunteering

Active Schools – Volunteering Opportunity at PPS


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.

Training is given and it’s a lot of fun for all.

Respect Me

New anti-bullying policy marks commitment to foster respect for all.

School children

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.”


Continue reading “Respect Me”

East Lothian Play Policy Launched

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.


Parent Council recruitment. 

The Parent Council for 2017-18 has two vacancies. Any parent or carer with a child in PPS is eligible. Broadly speaking, we work with school staff and parents / carers to build the best environment we can for the children to learn and be happy at school and within their community.

Come and find out more on Monday 28th (7pm in school) or contact any member of the PC (details here on website). Continue reading “Recruiting.”

#BeKind #Kindness

What’s the Colour of Love?

Anti-Bullying. Caring. Kindness. EMPATHY.

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.

Continue reading “#BeKind #Kindness”