Weekly blog

27th November – 1st December 2017: Value and support our staff

Dec 2, 2017 |

As you may know I serve on the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS).  This is the professional body who oversee the professional standards of the teaching profession in Scotland.  GTCS play an active role in initial teacher education, in the registration of teachers, in their on-going professional learning and in setting the framework to monitor … read more

20th – 26th November 2017: There is a lot going on @ Harlaw_Academy

Dec 2, 2017 |

I am going to say very little by way of introduction to this blog – other than to note it is share information about some of the activities taking place in the school.  Beyond that I will let the actions (extracts from our weekly bulletin) speak for themselves: BIOLOGY DROP IN – Tuesday’s session is open … read more

13th – 17th November: What do you think?

Nov 18, 2017 |

Last week I wrote a blog about ’empowering pupils and parents’.  It was a very well timed article because this week we have been asked for our views on two very significant sets of proposals which have possible implications for our work and our plans.  They are: TOM – which relates to the way Aberdeen City Council will … read more

6th – 9th November 2017: Empowering pupils and parents

Nov 11, 2017 |

This week we have tried to improve two very important aspects of the school – our work with pupils and parents. I want us to go well beyond just consulting pupils and informing parents – I want to empower both groups to make a meaningful contribution to school improvement and to play an active role … read more

25th – 29th September 2017 – Respect for community

Oct 1, 2017 |

Last week I published the second of 3 blogs looking at the day to day work of Harlaw Academy which is based around 3 simple behaviour statements: – Respect for People – Respect for Learning – Respect for Community This week my blog will look in more depth at “respect for community’ Under the statement … read more

18th – 22nd September 2017 – Respect for Learning

Oct 1, 2017 |

Last week I published the first of 3 blogs looking at the day to day work of Harlaw Academy which is based around 3 simple behaviour statements: – Respect for People – Respect for Learning – Respect for Community This week my blog will look in more depth at “respect for learning’ Under the statement … read more

4th – 8th September 2017: Wider life of the school

Sep 9, 2017 |

On Friday I met with the officer bearers of the parent council and part of what we discussed was the wider life of the school. Linked to this was a discussion of how we let parents know what is happening in the school. In this blog I shall say a little bit about each of … read more

28th August-1st September 2017: Settling in

Sep 9, 2017 |

If last week was about ‘getting started’ this week was very much about ‘settling in’. In that respect I want to start this blog with a massive thank you to parents and pupils for their response to our requests to get to school; dressed in school uniform, on time and ready to work. The number … read more

5th-9th June 2017

Aug 27, 2017 |

Sorry for missing a few weeks. It is a busy time and the blog slipped to the side of the desk. So here is a brief snapshot of the last few weeks. 22-26 May: Our promoted staff all had briefings on school performance data. It made us think fairly deeply about how we continue to … read more

21st-25th August: Welcome back and well done

Aug 27, 2017 |

My first task is to welcome everyone back to session 2017/18 and to wish those seniors who have moved on from all the best in the future. Our new S1 intake have settled in very well and this is in no small part down to the work we did all last session to help them … read more

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