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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Vision for Schools Consultation

City of Edinburgh Council Children and Families Department is seeking views (by Friday 22 March 2013) from partner organisations and community groups on a new vision for schools.  

Schools face a number of challenges in the coming years, with changes in the curriculum, the impact of new technology and a range of other issues.  The vision is an attempt to take a longer term view on where we want to be and how to get there.  It includes ideas for rotating head teachers in schools, an increase in co-operative learning and a commitment for all children to have access to early learning, childcare and family support from the age of three (and from birth for vulnerable children).

The task now is to make sure that everyone with an interest in learning gets a chance to contribute to the vision.  That means pupils, parents and carers, communities, organisations we work with, employers, further and higher education providers and others.  They want to know what people think of what’s in the draft vision already and what needs to be added or changed.

The consultation will use a range of methods: an electronic survey for partner agencies and community groups, classroom based discussions and a roadshow (see below).  Schools will be heavily involved in the process, consulting with their pupils, parents/carers and staff.

A consultation will also be held for parents/carers, school staff and partner organisations to discuss the vision and contribute ideas for its development.  One local-ish event will be at The City Chambers from 1.30 to 3.30pm on Wednesday 6 March 2013.  Places (limited so book early) can be secured by contacting Angie Arthur.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Agenda for MSCC meeting on We 23 Jan at 7:30pm

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council will meet on: 

January 23rd 2013 at 7.30 PM 

at St Catherine's Argyle Church Halls, Beaufort Road


1 Sederunt and apologies

2 Minutes of the meeting on 28th November

3 Matters arising from the minutes
         Temporary classrooms at Gillespie's Primary School (A Philp)
         Recycling facilities
         Planning notifications (A Service)
         Capital Roads Programme
         Christmas tree lighting report (A Service)

4 Police report

6  Update on Recycling  (Justine Taylor)

7  Review of Community Council Scheme

8  Nomination for My Place Award (Sarah Sandow)

9   Sundry informations

Improvements to South Meadow Walk                  Environmental workshops
Changes to public entertainment licences              Public participation forum 30th January
RBS Bank closure.                                              Rock and Roll Half Marathon 14th April
Recycling calendars for 2013                                Police priority setting
Scotmid waste on Warrender Park Road               Cycle path to Pollock Halls 
Local Development Plan booklet                          MP's newsletter

Next meeting on February 27th
Joint with James Gillespie’s Primary School Parent Council:  
Discussion of City of Edinburgh Council plans for additional school places in South Edinburgh, and consequences for James Gillespie’s Primary School. 

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Proposal for development of nursery in Tollcross

The City of Edinburgh Council Children and Families Department has agreed to consult on proposals to relocate Grassmarket Nursery School to Tollcross Primary School from August 2013.  If the proposals were to go ahead those children currently attending Grassmarket Nursery would be offered a place in the relocated nursery at Tollcross Primary School.

Consultation on the proposals will be carried out from today until 28 February 2013.

A public meeting has been arranged so that members of the public can express their views.

6pm to 8pm               7 February                             Tollcross Primary School   

Questions raised will be considered and answered at the public meeting. Free childcare and/or translation services can be provided at the public meeting if requests for these services are made to 0131 529 3103 no later than 30 January 2013.

Copies of the consultation paper will be issued directly to parents and others involved and  are available at Grassmarket Nursery School or Tollcross Primary School.  Reference copies are also available at  Fountainbridge  Library.  

Written comments on this proposal should be sent by by email or by post to: Director of Children and Families, City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court Level 1.2 (Grassmarket Nursery  Consultation), 4 East Market StreetEdinburgh EH8 8BG by 28 February 2013

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

New edition of Edinburgh Economy Watch is now available

The new edition of Edinburgh Economy Watch, compiled by the City of Edinburgh Council is now available.
The Edinburgh Economy Watch presents and analyses a range of economic indicators to describe the impact that current economic conditions are having on the capital and benchmark Edinburgh's economic performance against similar-sized UK cities. 

From the start of 2013, the look of Economy Watch has been updated for tablet viewing and more content provided too. The editors would like to have your views on the new look of Economy Watch. You can provide feedback by taking the ongoing Economy Watch Survey.