Inset 3

National Improvement Framework:

Last week during Inset 3 ( Staff development day ) the staff at SMPS spent time looking at pupil attainment data and our journey to excellence over the last 3 years.

As part of the Scottish Governments priorities for education, schools are asked to focus on closing the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged pupils across the country, local education authority and in our individual schools.

At SMPS using the data available, we spend time looking at identifying learners at each year group or class, who would benefit from a ‘different’ and more focused approach. Each teacher is charged with planning and evaluating an intervention as part of their professional development.

A small group of pupils in each class  will  take part in a variety of intervention projects over the next 8 weeks. In line with our school improvement planning there is a  focus on Numeracy. Evaluations of each project will help us plan for the next steps across the school as we continue to challenge ourselves to raise the standards of attainment and achievemenmt for all learners.

Health and Wellbeing:

SMPS has taken a lead in developing a new programme for Health and Wellbeing across the City of Edinburgh Council . This whole school community approach  is called ‘Building Resilience’ and aims to promote mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing.

I have launched this new programme today at assembly and look forward to seeing our  partnership in developing these life skills with pupils through the home / school lnk activities. A researcher has been engaged by CEC and will be working with the school in evaluating the programme. You may wish to join one of the focus groups being established.

” Our greatest glory is not in ‘never falling’, but in rising everytime we fall.” (Confucius)

Wider Achievement:

Well done to all of those in P5 who took part recently in the Rugby festival at Murrayfield. Not only was the school congratulated on the sporting spirit of our young players but also received a personal commendation from the organising  officer for their behaviour and conduct.

Well done, we are very proud of you all.