Parent Council

28th January – 1 February 2019: Senior phase information evening

Feb 3, 2019 |

At the senior phase information evening I indicated we would try to help parents access the links to the main things they need to access when helping their children make choices in the senior school.  With this in mind this blog is very short and gives the links you need.  In addition, I shall “tweet” … read more

21st – 25th January 2019: Listening to parents

Feb 3, 2019 |

On Thursday of this week we had a meeting of the Parent Council.  At these meetings I normally provide a Head Teacher update and the one I gave this week is attached here:  PC Jan 19 The notes cover a range areas including; building/property, staffing, budgets and pupil experiences.  At the meeting which was attended by … read more

14th – 18th January: Learners, teachers, families and community

Jan 20, 2019 |

We often think of school in terms of the interaction of pupils and teachers within classrooms.  If I reflect on the past week it is clear school is about much more than this. I want to start with a diagram of a jigsaw.  At the centre are the two pieces – student and teacher.  The … read more

7th-11th January 2019 – Support and challenge

Jan 17, 2019 |

Welcome back to a new year and a new school term.  Next week our seniors sit their prelim exams and this will help add to the picture we are building up about their progress.  Back in August I spoke of increased expectations and we have worked hard to keep revisiting this over the session.  I … read more

3rd – 10th December 2018: Success and reassurance

Dec 9, 2018 |

National success: The highlght of the week was being able to tell people of our success at a National level.  We use a system called accelerated reader to promote reading for our pupils.  The company behind this Renaissance Learning keep an eye on how well it is being used and as a result we were … read more

12th-16th November 2018 – Stay safe

Nov 18, 2018 |

Mid Autumn/Winter brings with it; darker nights, falling leaves, changing weather, frost and snow. These conditions pose an added risk as we go about our daily lives and I am using the blog this week set out 5 simple ideas to help pupils reduce the risks and to stay safe. Set off earlier – the … read more

24th to 28th September 2018: Progress and Improvement

Sep 29, 2018 |

Each year I am required to prepare a number of reports.  two of the more important ones are the; Standards and Quality report which summarises what we did last sessio harlawacademy.aberdeen.sch.uk/…/Harlaw-Academy-Standards-and-Quality-Report-session-2017-to-2018.docx School Improvement Plan which sets out our priorities this session harlawacademy.aberdeen.sch.uk/…/Harlaw-Academy-School-Improvement-Plan-session-2018-to-2019-.docx I am pleased to attach both for your reference.  If you have any comments on … read more

17th-21st September 2018: Wider opportunities

Sep 23, 2018 |

In a recent blog I mentioned the extra curricular open session we had ran for pupils to help raise awareness of all the opportunities which existed in the school.  The subject came up at the recent parent council where we were asked if we could make the list available to parents. It gives me great … read more

10th – 14th September: Informing and involving our pupils and parents

Sep 16, 2018 |

This week we had out first Pupil Council and the first Parent Council meeting of the session. I see both groups as being extremely important in school improvement and in this blog wish to say a little about each group and the difference they can make. 10 things to know about our Pupil Council: each … read more

20th August – 7th September: Welcome back

Sep 7, 2018 |

The first 3 weeks of the new term have flown past and I shall this first blog of the session to summarise the highlights Staff Changes: In April I was appointed to the role of Convener of General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS) and chair the council of the regulatory body who oversee the 75,000 registered … read more

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