Keepers of the flame

Just a lovely little post to share, as we look for ways to continue to build our school community to be a strong partnership, supporting each other as we support our children (and they support each other and all of us).

Huge thanks to the staff at the school, particularly for the huge effort, collaboration and dedication as the school closed and we all went into lockdown – and to all who have been part of the parent council in the past. Especial thanks to our retiring members – and particularly to our former Chair, Erica Burberry, who has been a joy to work alongside.

Welcome to newest PC member too, Sarah.

This link will take you to an external site – but we hope you enjoy.

 

 

School Payments – the Easy Way.

What? Signing up to SchoolPay system.
Why? Parents / Carers, Schools and ELC are working in partnership to cut down unnecessary expense and to streamline payments easily for parents – improve efficient use of staff time and maximise resources at school and council level.
How? Follow link on PPS Edubuzz home page – and follow the information in this clip above. (viewers will be taken to external You Tube link for ELC channel).

Please sign-up if you haven’t already done so and help us to use the school budget and staff time far better – not to mention the ease of paying for most families.

School Closure and School Hubs

SCHOOL CLOSURE and SCHOOL HUBS – SCHOOL MEALS

With the unprecedented events occurring to help combat the impact and spread of COVID-19 – Corona Virus, schools around the UK closed on Friday 20th March.

Information around essential key workers accessing child care through the six Children’s Hubs in East Lothian was shared – and forms shared to all parents / carers for completion and return.

These forms must be returned to Pencaitland Primary – by emailing to admin@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk on or before Monday 23rd March. If anyone needs help to email this in, please ask for help through a friend / neighbour or Cncllr Shamin Akhtar.  Mob: 07975 543406

EAST LOTHIAN COUNCIL STATEMENT – SUPPORT DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES

East Lothian Council has today (20 March 2020) issued an update from Lesley Brown, Chief Operating Officer (Education) to parents and carers on its plans to continue supporting children and young people during the national closure of schools as a result of the Coronavirus.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday the Education Secretary, John Swinney, confirmed that:

  • Councils will be taking measures to protect vulnerable children who rely on schools for hot meals or a safe and supportive environment.
  • Children of key workers will have continuing access to learning or childcare.

The update includes information on:

    • Children’s Hubs – Pencaitland’s cluster hub is Sanderson’s Wynd (Tranent)
    • Key Workers
    • Vulnerable Children
    • Remote Learning
    • Statement from Lesley Brown

The Full Update from Lesley Brown – Supporting our Children and Young People

KEY WORKER CHILDCARE SUPPORT – RETURN DATE 23 MARCH 2020

As you may be aware, the First Minister announced yesterday that the children of key workers should have continuing access to appropriate learning and childcare, potentially beyond the normal school day, that allows their parents/carers to participate in the national response to Covid-19.

In response to this, East Lothian Council will be providing learning and childcare for the children of keyworkers who are registered in local authority schools and early learning and childcare centres. This provision is for key workers who do not have a trusted adult at home to care for their child/ren whilst they are at work.  This provision will be delivered through a Children’s Hub located in each of our six largest communities in East Lothian.  Where possible, parents/carers will be expected to transport their child/ren to their Hub.

School meals will be provided for those who are currently eligible for free school meals or clothing grants and families wishing  to receive this meal entitlement should order online and collect from Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School 11.30 – 12.30 Mon-Fri.

Scottish Government have identified key workers in three categories:

**Priority will be given to families in Category 1 initially**. 

  • Category 1 – Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response, and associated staff, Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision; Energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); staff providing childcare/learning for other category 1 staff.
  • Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (e.g. Fire, Police, Prisons, Social Workers etc.) as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.
  • Category 3 – All workers without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to COVID-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised).

If you are a Keyworker and require support with childcare please could you complete the Keyworker Childcare Form (this is an editable PDF which you can enter text and then save) and email this information back to admin@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk no later than 5pm Monday 23 March, 2020 with the subject heading ‘KEY WORKER SUPPORT’. Once this information has been collated by East Lothian Council we will contact you regarding the learning and childcare support we can provide for your child/ren.

Unless a place is confirmed, no children should attend any school.

 

Realising the Ambition – Being Me

Realising the Ambition: Being Me

What is this?

Realising the Ambition: Being Me builds upon the original principles and philosophy of Pre-Birth to 3 and Building the Ambition.

This refreshed early years national practice guidance for Scotland presents key information about the characteristics of child development based on research and evidence.

It explores the range of interactionsexperiences and spaces we need to provide for babies and young children to help them learn and grow best from their earliest days through to being a young child in early primary school.

In essence, ‘Realising the Ambition: Being Me’ increases expectations of high quality but still provides the necessary support for all who work in the early years sector and beyond.

Session Dates – School holidays and In-Service Days for 2019-20

Session Dates

With a number of changes for this school session, please find the updated information below.

East Lothian Council has published the following Session Date Information (including school holiday dates):

An additional day’s leave has been allocated for the 75th Anniversary VE Day Celebrations – calendar updated in January 2020

Two additional in-service days were granted for session 2019/2020 as part of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers’ pay negotiations. These dates for these were: Tuesday 22 October 2019 and Tuesday 7 January 2020. Pupils did not attend school on these dates. 

For future planning, parents and carers may find this information useful.

June 12/06/2020.

Update: Following the Scottish Government decision for schools to re-open in August 2020 – the 10th and 11th shall be staff in-service days and Pupil Return will start from the 12th August, but to a blended learning model. Each school will be in touch with families directly regarding which days and times will be allocated – and the procedures for attending school on those days. As the start back date is a week earlier than planned, the school year will end on Friday 25th June 2021. A revised Session calendar will be available in due course.

 

 

 

Another May holiday

V.E. Day – School’s will be closed 8th May 2020.

Letters were sent out recently advising parents and carers of outcome of consultation in November – regarding potential VE Day closure of schools on 8th May and updated list of holidays and in-service dates for this school year were also distributed.

Although feedback received through PPS Parent Council poll was not in favour of another day closure (permission for which had to be requested from ELC) the outcome generally across E. Lothian had been ‘overwhelmingly in favour’.  (This was the only vote opened, in line with letter from Fiona Robertson, former Head of Education).

**This means that East Lothian’s education staff and children will not be in school on Monday 4th May or Friday 8th May.**

Full letter from Lesley Brown can be read here – letter to parents and carers

Education Scotland – School Inspection.

What’s it all about?

To evaluate the quality of learning and teaching in Scotland schools and education services.

The focus for primary schools is based on the quality of children’s learning and achievement, with a particular interest in how the school is developing children’s skills and understanding in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing.

For Parents and Carers – information can be found here to find out more about process for the time the inspectors are on site (short summary below) and what happens with the questionnaires completed in December (invitation to do was shared by HT, for each child in PPS).

The inspection starts on Monday 13th December.

During the inspection

An inspection team will visit your child’s school (and nursery class) or setting. The size of the inspection team is dependent on the school roll and can comprise of HM Inspectors, Associate Assessors, Assistant Inspectors, Health and Nutrition Inspectors and a Lay Member. Where there is a nursery class, it will be inspected by an inspector from Education Scotland and the Care Inspectorate or by one inspector on behalf of both organisations. During the visit the inspection team:

  • will visit classrooms/nursery playrooms, observe learning, and talk to staff and children about their learning
  • may spend some time looking at your child’s work and reading his/her reports
  • may work with your child as part of a small group or in a classroom/playroom.

After the inspection

We will publish a letter for parents on our website and share it with the education authority or Board of Governors, and where appropriate to the Chairperson of the Parent Council. We will also publish a document called the Summarised Inspection Findings (SIF) which provides some detail supporting the evaluations made by inspectors.

If necessary, the school, with the support of the education authority or Board of Governors, will amend its school improvement plan to bring about any improvements that the inspection team have discussed with senior leaders and representatives from the education authority or Board of Governors.

Where appropriate, we will carry out a further inspection to support staff in making improvements or to gather information about good practice.

The term ‘parents’ should be taken to include foster carers, residential care staff and carers who are relatives or friends.

 

Traffic – and the safety of children at PPS.

Green for Go. RED for STOP….

Our Junior Road Safety Officers have information to share.

Too many people are turning right, towards the school, instead of left for pick up and drop off times etc.

Everyone coming into The Glebe, that doesn’t work in the school or live on The Glebe, should follow the one-way system, but we think that not everyone knows about it. It’s in the handbook for the school we know….but we wanted to share it more clearly.

Please see letter from school – and the map. There is NO RIGHT TURN towards the school after coming into The Glebe.

JRSO letter
Junior Road Safety Officers share the one-way pick up and drop off agreement for PPS

 

JRSO letter to families.
Highway Code – parking near a junction.

There also should be no parking anywhere near, on or opposite a junction – like it says in the Highway Code – and most near misses or damage have happened because of this parking, so please don’t park close to, on or near the junctions and corners.

The Parent Council have been working with local residents, families with children at the school, the pupils and staff and East Lothian Council for some time on these matters. Residents on the main road have also noted an increased difficulty to get in and out of driveways, due to parking on road near junction, and the traffic crossing staff have reported worrying trends too.

A TRO application was accepted and the consultation process is well underway – which is planned to result in yellow lines around the main area of concern. As always, we would ask that parents and family members / adults collecting or dropping off children, park / wait considerately when on The Glebe.

We absolutely don’t want to have children lacking in experience of being around traffic, but we do want to avoid elevated and unnecessary risk to pedestrians, and to drivers / cars as well, so everyone’s co-operation is key. Please do share with extended family who may not be familiar with our one-way and road safety agreement.

– Parent Council.

One Way System
Traffic Management and Road Safety for The Glebe