East Lothian Council

Report celebrates success of East Lothian’s education service

Published Tuesday 21st November 17

Children playing at Play Policy Launch

A recent report highlighting the successes of East Lothian Council’s Education Service has been supported by councillors at a meeting of its Education committee today.

The council’s Education Service carries out a range of self-evaluation activities throughout the year to review progress against Service Improvement Plan priorities, identifying both key strengths and areas for improvement. The Standards and Quality Report outlines the information gathered from these self-evaluation activities, which also take into account the views of children and young people, their parents and carers, and staff and partners.

Key highlights of the report include:

  • St Mary’s RC Primary School received a positive inspection report, and Dirleton Primary School a positive continuing engagement report from Education Scotland
  • A new Early Learning and Childcare Centre has opened in Prestonpans, after a half a million pound refurbishment
  • Pupils have improved their performance in SQA National 5 Courses, with the pass rate at its highest since the introduction of these new qualifications. The percentage of young people achieving Grade A awards in English and Mathematics at National 5 level is also at its highest rate in 5 years.
  • The number of young people going onto a positive destination after leaving school is at its highest rate in the last 8 years. The gap in positive destinations between leavers from the 30% most deprived areas and the 30% least deprived areas is also decreasing
  • The launch of new strategies including the anti-bullying policy Respect For All, the Parental Engagement Strategy, and East Lothian’s Play Policy

Fiona Robertson, Head of Education at East Lothian Council, said:

“There are notable achievements across our service areas and schools to celebrate in this report. For example, our statistics on the Curriculum For Excellence Achievement of a Level may be experimental, but they do indicate much improved rates which is certainly very encouraging. It is also very heartening to see not only notable increases in our young people reporting that they feel included and respected, but also that they enjoy being at school. When children enjoy learning, they are more engaged and it has substantial benefits to their learning.

“Of course there are challenges, not least that we need to continue to deliver a high quality education service in a time of constraining resources, but we will continue to work collaboratively with colleagues across other council services, as well as continuing to plan effectively to meet key challenges such as the planned population growth within the Local Development Plan. I am also particularly looking forward to our first Children and Young People’s Summit, which will include and engage young people in shaping our service plan for the first time.”

Councillor Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet Spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services, said:

“One of the most important responsibilities this council has is to provide the best possible education for our children and young people, so that we give them the best possible start in life. This report outlines the considerable progress that has been made by our Education Service to meet this aim, and contains much to celebrate.

“I want to thank everyone that has contributed to this report, and to thank them for their continued efforts to providing the best Education Service in Scotland, and to making a real difference to the lives of our children and young people.”  

The associated committee papers can be viewed on the East Lothian Council website.

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