Newsletter Three Autumn 1996
Early Years
Special Educational Needs
Focus on Pupils
Improving School Ethos

Fay Orr of Tillicoultry Primary School in Clackmannanshire reported on an Ethos Network seminar on Early Years education. Dianne Lamont from Fair Isle Nursery in Kirkcaldy and Carolyn Bennett from Juniper Green Primary School in Edinburgh were invited to share their experiences. Workshops were arranged where the topics under consideration included 'Ideas on Managing Change' and questions of confidentiality and what to do with information given by children.

Sheila Brown of Broxburn Primary School on West Lothian wrote a report of a an Ethos Network seminar on Special Educational Needs. She wrote about the main messages which came out of this seminar, about the contributions of the speakers, management issues in ensuring equal opportunity for all pupils and staff morale. Pat Sykes, Margaret Smith and Patricia Young of Montrose Academy contributed to this seminar which was held in Dundee and there report was written up in this newsletter.

This newsletter contained contributions from pupils from a number of schools. Primary 5 of Juniper Green Primary School in Edinburgh, accompanied by their teacher Elaine Merrilees, sang at the May conference. This newsletter contained an account by some of the children together with their observations on the meaning of what they were singing.

Mention was made of a high quality, colour calendar produced by the pupils of Oakbank School in Aberdeen.

Pupils from The Royal High School in Edinburgh wrote a piece on their Pupil Council.

And pupils from Pirniehall Primary School in Edinburgh listed their points for creating a caring environment.

This newsletter reported on the conference titled 'Improving School Ethos: A Celebration of School Experiences' which was held in the Stakis Grosvenor Hotel in Glasgow on 29th May, 1996. With over 100 delegates attending, there was plenty to chat about. There was a full programme of talks and much positive feedback from delegates.