Future Me Parental Involvement Campaign from Read, Write, Count.

‘Future Me’ aims to support families to start a conversation with their P1-3 children about their hopes and aspirations, which will ultimately help to improve their lives in the future. It asks families to share those dreams, either as a picture, letter or film on the ‘Future Me’ wall at www.futureme.scot. The campaign builds on existing Scottish Government efforts to tackle educational inequalities and raise attainment in early years and beyond. With increasing time pressures on families, Read, Write, Count highlights easy activities built around everyday things families are already doing. Whether it’s going to the shops, travelling to school or at mealtimes, Read, Write, Count offers parents and carers simple ideas that will help children do their best at school.



Girl Guide World Thinking Day


22nd February marks World Thinking Day.  This is the day on which members of Girlguiding celebrate the global impact of our organisation and think about our ‘sisters’ around the world.


In Barrhead we have 2 Rainbow units (ages 5-7years), 4 Brownie units (age 7-10years), 3 Guide units (age 10-14years) and 2 Senior Section Units (aged 14+).  This equates to about 180 girls.


It is traditional that on Thinking Day, the girls wear their Rainbow, Brownie or Guide uniform to school. St Mark’s welcomes all Rainbows, Brownies and Guides to wear their uniform that day.

Online facility for school placing requests

The Education Committee have approved the recent consultation on proposed new arrangements to school admissions, the transfer of pupils from primary to secondary school and placing requests.

School admissions, pupil transfers from primary to secondary and placing requests will be administered in line with the new arrangements from January 2017 and beyond. Any placing request applications for school places in academic session 2017-18 submitted before January 2017 will be processed in line with the new policy; there will be no need for parents/carers to submit another application.

As part of the changes to our arrangements, an online facility is now available for the submission of placing requests; please find the link below:

Online Placing Request


Education Scotland Special Edition: Parent and Carers e-bulletin




As a parent or carer, you may have heard that changes are being introduced to the way your child’s progress is assessed in primary and early secondary school.


These changes relate to Curriculum for Excellence and are being introduced to tell us whether children in P1, P4, P7 and S3 have achieved the Curriculum for Excellence-defined level of understanding in literacy and numeracy.


In this special edition newsletter, you will find a newly published leaflet for parents that provides information and aims to answer your questions about assessment of children’s progress and the introduction of national standardised assessments.

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