Information from our Head about the National Improvement Framework

nifOur acting Head Teacher, Mrs Morgan, has asked us to share some of the main points of the National Improvement Framework (NIF) with you.

The NIF comes from the Scottish Government and builds on the frameworks that are already firmly established in Scottish schools, Curriculum for Excellence and GIRFEC. The vision of the NIF is Excellence through raising attainment: ensuring that every child achieves the highest standards in literacy and numeracy and the right range of skills, qualifications and achievements to allow them to succeed; and Achieving equity: ensuring every child has the same opportunity to succeed. The Scottish Attainment Challenge will help to focus our efforts and deliver this ambition.

Gathering evidence is a key part of the NIF. There are six key drivers of improvement: school leadership, teacher professionalism, parental engagement, assessment of children’s progress, school improvement and performance information.

These six key drivers for improvement will be instrumental in achieving the key priorities which are:

  • Improvement in attainment, particularly in literacy and numeracy;
  • Closing the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged children;
  • Improvement in children and young people’s health and wellbeing; and
  • Improvement in employability skills and sustained, positive school leaver destinations for all young people;

You can read more about the NIF in this detailed presentation.

P7 Code Club – last chance!

P7 Code Club is coming soon to South Morningside Primary! Parents of current P7 pupils only have until Wednesday 23 March to note their interest for an expected summer term start.

If you’d like to get your child on the list please email code-club@sm-pc.org with your child’s name and class. If the club is over-subscribed, selection will be made via a ballot.

Code club is on the lookout for more parent volunteers to help run the club and is also looking for donations of old flat screen monitors, keyboards and mice. If you can help, please email code-club@sm-pc.org.

School streets 

St Peters School Street Pilot project will be starting on Monday 14th March. 

The streets closed will be:


Falcon Road

Falcon Gardens

Falcon Avenue

Falcon Lane



8:20 – 9:00 / 2:50 -3:45 (Mon-Thurs)

8:20 -9:00/11:55 – 12:35 (Friday)


Vacancy @ Boroughmuir

Boroughmuir High School Parent Council Secretary

Boroughmuir PC are looking for somebody who is willing to take on the vital role of Secretary to support the work of the Office bearers of the Parent Council (PC) @ BHS.

This role has a fee attached to it, from the City of Edinburgh, and we can offer the right person £35 per PC meeting, of which there are six per academic year plus the AGM, for taking the minutes and dealing with all of the administration of papers connected to each meeting.

If when you’ve looked at the detail of the job – in the advert below – and think that you could step up to the role, or if you would like to talk more about it before putting yourself forward, then please contact our current administrator (Andrea Henderson) pcadmin@boroughmuir.org , or our Chair (Jacqueline Whymark) the.art.of.jw@mail.com for an email chat.

BHS hope to appoint the right person as soon as possible, and you would be welcome to come along to their next PC meeting on Wednesday 16th March between 6.30 and 8.00 to meet us, then you would be most welcome.

The Role:

• To support the Chair in administrative matters, formulating and distributing information
• To collect and distribute relevant documents in preparation for Parent Council meetings (7 meeting p.a.)
• To take, circulate and update minutes of PC meetings
• To maintain a current PC members distribution list
• To liaise with the Web Masters who maintain the PC Website

Boroughmuir Delay

The construction work on the new Boroughmuir school building will finish five weeks later than planned and will now not be completed until 28 October 2016.  This means there will be no move into the new building after the October break as had been planned and, as it is our intention to move over a school holiday period to minimise disruption to pupils, this means the opening of the new school will now be at the start of the new school term in January 2017.

For more information please click here:


Bruntsfield/Morningside Town Centre consultation

This isn’t specifically related to any school matters, but we thought it might be of general interest to the parent community.

The council are consulting about the possible redevelopment of several sites in the Morningside/Bruntsfield area, one of which is the Deanbank/Oakland Care Home area.


The council are looking for feedback. You can email Emma Fitzgerald, the Planning Officer, or you can attend a public consultation event on Tuesday 19 Jan 2016 (14:00 – 17:00) and Saturday 23 Jan 2016 (11:00 – 14:00).