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Easter revision courses for Nat. 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher subjects


Here’s a good stress-buster for anxious families this time of year.  It’s a (very) wide array of revision sessions over the Easter break!  See the whole schedule by clicking here.

S3 Course Choice Evening


Students and parents are welcome to attend an information evening on Wednesday 19 November from 6.30-7.15 pm in the Assembly Hall, about the choices and qualifications that students will be making in the transition from S3 to S4, and the supports that are available.

See the full website notice from Depute Headteacher Pauline Cumming here.

Cyber-security lessons could be expanded in UK schools


Plans to teach children as young as 11 about careers in cyber-security have been announced. New learning materials would be offered to UK schools to publicise jobs in the sector, the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills said. A recent report said limited awareness of cyber-security as a profession had created a skills shortage. One expert said the UK was at risk of being “left behind and at a disadvantage globally”. Read the full report in this week’s BBC Technology News.

National Parent Forum: e-Updates

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Here is the latest update from the National Parent Forum of Scotland. This latest issue covers Curriculum for Excellence from the learner’s point of view, the ‘Nationals in a Nutshell’ (latest list here), the ‘Let’s Talk’ resource for home-school partnerships, and the state of the national Wi-Fi for schools campaign. These updates are a fine resource. Click on their website, and you can subscribe to them directly yourself!

Nationals in a Nutshell

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Not sure what’s meant by ‘National’ level qualifications?  These are the coming recastings of the SQA Intermediates and Highers across all disciplines.  To help us understand them in detail, the National Parent Forum of Scotland are now rolling out a superb set of practical guides to what the Nationals mean in each subject.  See them all here as they come out.

So far they cover Art & Design, Chemistry, Computing Science, English, History, Mathematics, PE, and RMPS.  Tina Woolnough, Communications Officer, advised us yesterday that four new Nutshells will appear each week.  Next to appear will be Music, Graphic Communication, Biology, and Modern Languages.  The following batch (early April) will be Geography, Modern Studies, Business, and Physics.

She says the Forum are delighted with the enthusiasm with which the Nutshells have been received and welcome feedback.  Harald Tobermann, our own PC chair, who has a daughter in S3, says these Nutshells are ‘exactly the kind of information parents need’.  He adds, ‘knowing what my daughter is about to learn provides me with conversation starters which are not always easy to come by during the teenage years.’

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