The National Improvement Framework has been developed in consultation with teachers, parents, children and others and is central in driving work to continually improve Scottish education and close the attainment gap. The Framework is intended to drive both excellence and equity in Scottish education. Priorities will evolve over time to reflect emerging trends, and will be reviewed annually.
It is imperative that all parents be involved and understand the full ramifications. Lorraine Sanda (Strategy and Performance Learning Directorate, Scottish Govt.) in association with the NPFS has kindly agreed to hold a Q&A session for the parents/guardians of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.
There are still a considerable number of accounts outstanding, please send them in as soon as possible. Please make every effort to submit these quickly, if you need help with preparing or support with the submission, please get in touch.
There are two spaces left on First Aid training in on 23rd March 16. HR Selection and Recruitment 22nd February 6-8pm still has some spaces. If you are interested, please get in touch.
City Wide Parent Council Meeting
The next meeting is at Café Coast March on 10th March 7.15pm till 9.00pm
Andrew Griffiths, Acting Head of Education will attend, Matt Reid, Curriculum Development Officer will share about the Rights Respecting Schools. The Health & Wellbeing team will share current health statistic about your local area and discuss opportunities for parental involvement.
National Strategic Update on Early Years and Nursery provision
The government programme is to expand the early learning and childcare entitlement from 600 hours to 1140 hours by 2020. To support that ambition they are working with local authorities to consider building needs, working with Education Scotland to ensure the expansion programme also takes account of quality and working with local authorities to scope and consider the workforce needs to support the expansion.
What is Aberdeen City Council doing locally?
Increase in early learning and childcare provision
We are working with the Childcare Commission to review the 2/3/4 year old provision we offer families in the city. The Commission has completed a strategic review on our behalf and will present a number of options to allow us to increase the provision we have and to ensure it is more flexible to meet the needs of local parents. Once we have the suggested options we will begin a programme of conversations with parent council’s and parents. The government are promoting the principle of co-production – working with communities to design services to meet local needs and potentially means we will have to develop much more differentiated services to meet the needs of working parents.
Early Learning and Childcare Staffing
Our new staffing structure has been approved and will be implemented In August 2016. Our new structure has allowed us to increase the number of staff in the nursery, introduced modernised title – we will no longer have Nursery Nurses – they will be known as Early Years Practitioners, and have introduced a Senior Early Years Practioner. We continue to have a policy commitment to have teachers as leaders of learning in the nursery.
Nursery Admissions Policy
The adjustment to our Nursery Admissions policy have been approved at the Education committee. The key changes are as follows:
- ensures in zone children continue to have priority;
- children who will be continuers do not have to apply again for a place;
- the allocation criteria is clearer and takes account of the new legislation to offer places for some eligible 2 year olds; and
- introduced a sibling rule.
Scottish Education Awards
The Scottish Education Awards were first launched in November 2001 by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Daily Record, with the specific aims of celebrating the successes and recognising the achievements taking place within Scottish education. Time is running out to nominate people or a group. Please click on the link and consider who you might nominate.
Finally, if your Parent council is looking for fresh ideas or how to involve more parents please make contact.
Parent Council Support and Development
Aberdeen City Council
Education and Children’s Services
Business Hub 13, Second Floor North
Direct Telephone 01224 764821
Mobile number 07876 785317