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A GUIDE to help schools provide the information that parents want about their child’s education has been published by Minister for Learning and Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan.

School handbooks are an important source of information for parents; and new versions due out from schools later this year will provide more information about how the school is delivering Curriculum for Excellent for all its pupils.

Dr Allan said: “With Curriculum of Excellence embedding across the country, we carried out an extensive consultation with parents to make sure that the information the handbooks provide is relevant to their needs.

“We know that parental involvement is a crucial factor in the successful implementation of Curriculum for Excellence and in raising attainment of children.”
He continued: “Parents have told us that School Handbooks are a valued and trusted source of information for them on their local school. They want to be involved in supporting their child’s learning and they want their schools to be the best they can be. 
“We know that parents active involvement is a massive boost to a child’s learning and development. I am pleased to announce the publication of guidance for local authorities on the new handbooks that will help schools prepare handbooks for publication in December this year.”

Topics included within school handbooks will be the school approach to literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing; information on what happens during the senior phase of Curriculum for Excellence (Secondary 4 to S6); what subjects are covered and when; opportunities at school to develop skills for life, future learning and work; support provided for pupils (including additional support for learning), and the school ethos, performance and plans for improvement.