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Selkirk High School Parent Partnership: SHSPP

Parents, carers and family members are by far the most important influences on children’s lives. Research shows that when parents are involved in their child’s learning, children do better at school and throughout life.

Because parents have such a vital  role to play in their children’s education, the Scottish Parliament has passed a new law called the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006) – to encourage and support more parents to become involved.

The main aims of the Parental Involvement Act are to:

  • Help parents become more involved with their child’s education and learning.
  • Welcome parents as active participants in the life of the school.
  • Provide easier ways for parents to express their views and wishes.

The Parent Partnership at SHS

The Parent Partnership at SHS is far more than a fund-raising body. It actively seeks to engage parents in all aspects of school improvement. Current areas of activity include:

  • working with the school to develop communication between parents and the school, including the development of the school website and support packs for new parents.
  • the creation of the Parent Engagement Programme which offers a range of workshops including Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Wellbeing (e.g. Raising Teens with Confidence)
  • the development of the Parent Voice to ensure the views of all our parents are understood.
  • Fundraising and support for a range of school events

Message from our SHSPP Chair, Duncan Bury:

“Our aim is in line with Scotland’s national action plan on parental involvement, parental engagement, family learning and learning at home. That is, in summary, to get parents as involved as possible in the education of their children both within school and outwith school.

This needs to be driven by Parents and Teachers and most importantly by the pupils themselves. In the 21 years (and ongoing)

I have had children going through the Scottish Education system one thing has struck me. Every child is capable and every parent can support their child but it’s not always easy! We just have to work out how.

In the coming year it is our intention to move the Parent Partnership towards being an innovative, and sometimes challenging, partner of the school. If you need support, have an idea or want to be involved, please join us at the SHSPP or get in touch through the school office or directly with me: duncan@friarshawmuir.com

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