Friday, 24 February 2012

Parents' evenings

On Wednesday evening we hosted a curricular information evening for parents of S2 parents and on Thursday evening we did similarly for parents of pupils in S4 and S5. It was great to see large numbers of parents in attendance.

During my presentation to parents of S2 parents I sought to reassure everyone that our new courses in S3 and S4 are good to go and that staff are well prepared. I find it helpful to be able to draw on experiences gained from when I was a Principal Teacher of Physics in 1988 at the time Standard Grades were being introduced. At that time there were similar concerns from parents, particularly in regard to the structure and form of the examinations.

S2 pupils are requested to returned completed course choice forms on Monday 12 March. As a result of feedback from parents of S4/5 pupils, the return date for forms from those pupils has been changed to Monday 19 March.

On both evenings a number of very interesting questions were raised. In the coming weeks I will reflect further on how we can continue to augment and adapt our curricula to best meet the needs of pupils.

We are grateful to Audrey Brown from Stevenson College for sharing with parents what Edinburgh's colleges are able to offer our students in addition to our in-school provision.

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