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Parental Involvement and Engagement Census

East Renfrewshire Council and its educational establishments undertake regular periodic surveys of parents and carers.  Such surveys support school and local authority improvement planning and provide an opportunity for parents to share their thoughts on current and future involvement and engagement with schools.

Similar practice is undertaken by all local authorities in Scotland and educational establishments under their control.  In order to rationalise this approach to surveying parents/carers and in order to allow comparable consistent data to be collected nationally, which will assist in evaluating the impact of interventions and programmes and support future policy development, every parent/carer of a school pupil in Scotland is being invited to take part in the national Parental Involvement and Engagement Census pilot.

Only one parent/carer per child will receive an email which will include a link to the survey and it is only necessary to complete the survey once per family, per school.  The survey should take no longer than ten minutes to complete and will remain open until 27 June 2019.

The data gathered will be used for statistical and research purposes and will provide East Renfrewshire Council and its schools with information to help:

  • plan, monitor and deliver better policies for the benefit of all,
  • identify and share best practice,
  • better understand some of the factors which influence parental involvement and engagement with our schools,
  • further enhance positive relationships with parents to secure positive outcomes for our children.

The information collected will also be securely shared with the Scottish Government to assist in evaluating the impact of national interventions and programmes and to support future policy development at a national level.

Further information on the collection and how the Education Department and Scottish Government will process the data collected is provided in the Council’s privacy statement and Scottish Government website:

Should you have any further questions, please contact the Education Department:

Education Department
Council Headquarters
Eastwood Park
East Renfrewshire
G46 6UG

0141 577 3229

Thank you for taking part in this survey collection.

Christmas Maths Challenge for Primary 6

The Deputy First Minister’s maths challenge will be coming home in schoolbags before the Christmas holidays. Look out for it.

Developed in partnership between the Scottish Government and The Scottish Mathematical Council.

Solutions and workings will be published at on 4 January 2019.

Parents and carers please check out Parentzone Scotland at and Parent Club for more ways to enjoy numeracy and maths.

P4-7 Parent Workshops

This year we are offering parents the opportunity to attend a 6 week parent workshop with a range of topics based on supporting your children with their learning and informing you of current school approaches to help nurture positive learning attitudes. The first workshop will begin on Thursday 17th January between 3.15pm – 4.15pm. Whilst you attend the workshop, one of your children who is in P4-7, can attend 3 weeks of art activities followed by 3 weeks of sports activities.

The Parent workshop topics are as follows:

Week Topic


Home Routines (homework, reading, bed time routines etc)

Behaviour Management Strategies




Supporting Your Child’s Literacy/Numeracy


Nurturing Approaches


Growth Mindsets


Building the Learning Power


Lego© Based Therapy

The workshops will be relaxed and informal with time for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat with other parents. As we have limited places, if you would like to attend, please could you complete the permission slip on your child’s letter and return it to the school office by Friday 14th December to reserve your place

Scottish Book Week is here


The Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Education Scotland are giving free resources to all Primary One, Two and Three children during Scottish Book Week 21st to 25th November.

Primary One pupils and their parents are invited to the library at Barrhead Foundry on Tuesday 22nd November for a gifting session with library staff starting at 10.45am. All children will be given their book bag to take home.

Parents of children in P2 and P3 will have the opportunity to work with their children in school using items from their bags on the following dates:

Primary 2 – Tuesday 22nd November at 2pm. A short introduction to Read, Write, Count website and bags in Music Room with Mrs Fleming.

Classroom Session – Parents will explore a book from the P2 bag with their children.  Parents and children will then work together on creative challenges linked to the story.

Parent’s guide with lots more ideas on how to support your child’s learning at home – a printed copy will be in your P2 Read, Write Count bag.

Primary 3  – Wednesday 23rd November at 2pm


A short introduction to Read, Write, Count website and bags in Music Room with Mrs Fleming. This will be followed by a vist to primary 3 .  Parents will work with their children on a creative task linked to the book.


Parent’s guide with lots more ideas on how to support your child’s learning at home – a printed copy will be in your P3 Read, Write Count bag.

You can follow @ReadWriteCount on Twitter for useful hints and tip for parents.  There is also a useful website at

Some upper school classes will also have the opportunity to visit the Foundry during Scottish Book Week to encourage them to take part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

Primary 6 are visiting the Foundry for a workshop with Amanda Robb from the local history and heritage service to learn about what Barrhead was like in Victorian Times.  If you are interested about Barrhead’s history visit Portal to the Past .


Help needed in the garden

Can you spare some time to help us develop our gardens?

The children are busy growing plants to put outside once all risk of frost has gone.

Can you help us to prepare the ground/ general tidy up?  Any time you can spare will be greatly appreciated. Pop into the office on Friday 6th May or Monday 9th May any time between 9am and 10.30 or 11 – 12.30 or 1.30 until 3pm.  If you do have your own digging fork or spade and want to bring it along please feel free to do this.

No experience needed just old footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty.

We have a small supply of adult sized tools in school. If you do have your own digging fork or spade and want to bring it along please feel free to do this.

We will keep our fingers crossed for some sun!!!



Primary 1 Family Reading Project – New for 2016

Primary 1 children will be visiting the Foundry with their teachers on Tuesday 12th January to borrow a book.  The first session of the Family Book club will be on Thursday 14th January 2016 in the Foundry at 3.10pm until 3.50pm.  Please come along with your child.  More information can be found in this leaflet.

School Garden Project

Thank you very much to all of the parents who volunteered to help out improve our school garden so that we can increase the opportunties for children to learn outdoors.  We will be in touch shortly to arrange dates for the various projects.  If you didn’t get a chance to volunteer last week and have any free time after Easter please contact the school office and leave your details and times that you could help.