A regular update from Gillian Tee, Director of Children and Families, including visits to Hillview disability respite centre and Edinburgh Young Carers Project as well as positive inspections for Woodlands School and Broughton Primary School and Nursery Class.
It was great to visit Hillview disability respite centre. This was my first visit to the new centre and I was hugely impressed with what I saw. I met four young people over breakfast and enjoyed listening to what they had done during the half term break, including celebrating Chinese New Year, Pancake Day and St Valentine’s Day. They also chatted about their plans for their day, including shopping trips and visits to Costa Coffee!
The centre provides excellent quality care for children and highly valued respite support for families. The excellent relationships between children and staff were clear to see and it was good to be part of such a happy environment, even for just an hour.
Woodlands School Inspection
The inspection report for Woodlands School has recently been published by Education Scotland.
This was a continued inspection and the inspectors noted that the school had made very significant progress in the last year across a wide range of areas.
The inspectors noted a number of strengths. They highlighted that young people are confident and engage very well with staff, visitors and partners. They noted that learners work well together and increasingly effectively on their own and can demonstrate their ‘best work’ and their many achievements. They are successfully taking part in a wide range of award programmes such as the John Muir Award. The pupil council was also recognised as being effective in highlighting improvements.
The inspectors noted that the school is very effectively led by the Head Teacher. They noted the high level of trust staff have in the Head Teacher and her Depute Head Teacher and that they share their vision for the future of the school. Well done to all.
I thoroughly enjoyed my recent visit to Edinburgh Young Carers Project. The service works with 120-150 young people aged 5 to 20 who for a wide variety of reasons are carrying out caring responsibilities.
I met a group of young carers who were identifying barriers to achieving their potential and working out what could be done to reduce these barriers. The discussion was mature and insightful and I was struck by how much these young people have to offer, especially if we could provide the right kind of support for them to balance their caring responsibilities with their own aspirations and needs.
The staff were highly committed and emphasised how important it was for them to work in partnership with a wide range of agencies especially schools, social workers, voluntary sector and other young carers organisations.
For further information about this excellent service, contact:
Edinburgh Young Carers Project
57 Albion Road
Tel: 0131 475 2322
Broughton Primary School and Nursery Class Inspection
The inspection report for Broughton Primary School and Nursery Class has recently been published by Education Scotland.
I am pleased that the inspection found the following key strengths:
- Confident and happy children who are proud of their school
- Support for children who require additional help with their learning
- Staff’s teamwork in creating an inclusive ethos
- Partnership working with parents
Inspectors noted that they were satisfied with the overall quality of provision in the school and confident that, with the support of the local authority, the school will be able to make any necessary improvements.