Dear Parent /Carer,
The Scottish Government has recently commenced a consultation as detailed below with regards to “The School Handbook”. We will be making a response as a Parent Council but please take some time to access the survey and give your own individual views
St Luke’s Parent Council
CONSULTATION ON REQUIREMENTS FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CARERS ABOUT THEIR CHILD'S SCHOOL ("THE SCHOOL HANDBOOK")
The Scottish Government has today published a public consultation on the requirements for providing information for parents and carers about their child's school ('the school handbook') which are outlined in The Education (School and Placing Information)(Scotland) Regulations 1982 and subsequent amendments. This information can be available in different formats including a “school handbook”, leaflets or on a school website. The regulations currently cover information such as transport facilities, school meal provision, post-school destinations, examination achievement in National Qualifications, and additional support for learning.
The changes currently taking place in 3-18 education in Scotland as a result of Curriculum for Excellence – including changes to the curriculum itself and to assessment and National Qualifications – suggest that the current requirements for the school handbook need to be updated and refreshed to ensure the information provided is more relevant and helpful for parents.
The consultation paper can be accessed from the Scottish Government's Current Consultations page: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/11/12102944/0. I invite you to respond to the online survey (https://web.questback.com/scottishgovernment/schoolhandbookconsultation/) on behalf of your Parent Council and Parent Forum. I would also ask that you share this information with your Parent Forum and encourage them to respond individually to the online questionnaire. We are keen to hear from as many parents and Parent Councils as possible to allow us to consider any necessary amendments to the Education (School and Placing Information)(Scotland) Regulations 1982.
The consultation period ends on 14 March 2011. In partnership with the National Parent Forum of Scotland (https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/NPF/) we will also be arranging a series of consultation events for parents around the country in January-March 2011. We will send you details of these as soon as they become available. This consultation information has also been sent to Headteachers and others who may have an interest in this area.
In the meantime, any enquiries about the Consultation can be submitted to: email@example.com.
National Parental Involvement Coordinator
Curriculum Division, Learning Directorate
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Dear Parent / Carer / Guardian,
We are now at the beginning of a new term and a new set of challenges in partnership with St Luke’s in guiding our children to be all they can be both educationally and socially. On behalf of the Parent Council I would like to thank you for your support in the last year and I am sure that you would like to join me in recording our thanks to Mrs Scott and all the staff at St Luke’s for their considerable efforts throughout last term. They provided the best for our children in many ways and not least in the work involved in having everyone’s efforts recognised in an outstanding HMIE report and helping those involved in exams this year to achieve another set of excellent results.
I am confident that the school will not rest on its laurels and that it will endeavour to continually improve but it is important to note that we, the Parent Forum, are a vital part of this ongoing effort and that we will be looking for your continued support in the coming term in a variety of ways.
This is still very much a transitional period for Parent Councils in Scotland as they move away from the formalised School Board processes of the past to the more Parental Involvement focus of the future. Each school is different in its requirements and we at St Luke’s Parent Council need your constant input to ensure that we are developing in the way that the Parent Forum think we should be.
A snapshot of our activities in the last year is detailed below.
• Full Parent Council membership achieved again with members representing lower, middle and senior sections of the school.
• Merger of former separate PTA functions St Luke’s into fundraising section of Parent Council with office bearers duly elected.
• All Parent Council Members successfully through the required disclosure process.
• Representation from St Luke’s at every Parent Council Chairs meeting held by East Renfrewshire Council Education Department reporting on Scottish and Local Authority issues on education and parental involvement.
• Consultation with ERC on various issues including Draft Local Improvement Plan which will feed into St Luke’s Improvement Plan for the next few years.
• Took part in various fund raising activities during the year.
• Parent Council members attended training on Recruitment and Selection and also represented Parent Forum in the interview process for new DHT position within the school.
• Fostering closer links with the Parent Councils in our cluster schools of St Mark’s, St John’s and St Thomas’ with a joint meeting.
• Full involvement in a survey re An Independent Body to represent all Parent Councils in Scotland and represented at the National Parent Council Conference in June this year
• All planned Parent Council meetings were successfully conducted reporting on various school issues and projects which included discussions and presentations on:
1. Curriculum for Excellence
2. Healthy Eating.
3. Literacy & Numeracy.
4. Interactive Scholar (Maths)
5. Market Garden project.
6. Local Cluster Improvement plan P7 transitional arrangements
7. St Luke’s improvement plan
8. Child Protection.
9. Parent’s evenings and school reports.
10. Go Greener project in East Renfrewshire.
11. Innovative Learning methods utilised in the classroom
Resultant information and/or workshops regarding all of the above will have either already been made available to parents or will be in the new term.
This year we will be continuing to explore the ways that St Luke’s Parent Council can develop to best represent the Parent Forum and support the ethos of the school. We need new members to get involved in the Parent Council and it would be great if you could give some of your valuable time to give us your support and ideas.
If you feel that you are unable to commit to actually joining the council then remember it is just as important to be an active member of the Parent Forum and we would welcome support in any workshops, surveys or other enterprises that we may ask you to get involved with in the coming year.
Our scheduled meetings for the next year are all on a Tuesday evening starting at 6.30pm on the dates detailed below. The first meeting on 22nd September will start with a short A.G.M and will then be followed by a normal meeting of the council. We hope to see some new faces there.
Parent Council Meeting Dates
22 September 2009
3 November 2009
1 December 2009
9 February 2010
9 March 2010
11 May 2010
15 June 2010
A copy of the current constitution will shortly be placed in the Parents section of the school website as will all agendas and minutes of future meetings. Please check in regularly to keep abreast of Parent Council activities.
The site can be accessed via
Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and for your support throughout the year.
Chairperson St Luke’s Parent Council