Category Archives: Section 5 – School Improvement

Standards and Quality Report

Each year the school publishes a Standards and Quality Report which highlights the school’s major achievements in the previous year.

Some of the main achievements over the last 12 months include:

¨ Staff members undertook a raft of specialist training including Resucitation training led by Ospadal nan Eilean’s Resuscitation Officer and Makaton training led by the Speech and Language Therapy Service.

¨ P7 pupils participated in  and benefited greatly from both enhanced and regular transition days at the Nicolson Institute in preparation for their move into S1 and also additional transition events with pupils from Uig and Breasclete Schools.

¨ P6-7 pupils attended the Global Citizenship Showcase Day which was held at Sgoil nan Loch for pupils in Areas 2, 3 and 4. Pupils gave presentations and ran stalls highlighting different aspects of the work they had been doing in class relating to Climate Change.

¨  Primary 7 pupils engaged in learning activities and subsequently sat and passed their Young Leadership Awards.

¨ P5-7 pupils participated in a variety of sporting competitions throughout the session under the auspices of the Lewis and Harris Sports Festival.

¨ P6 and P7 pupils participated in Childline’s school’s seminar and Assembly and welcomed pupils from Uig and Breasclete School in joining with them.

¨ Pupils experienced first hand the music of an African Gospel Choir who visited the school with the School Chaplain.

¨ School staff and pupils held a number of charitable events to raise money for charities such as Children in Need, Blythswood, Unicef, Bethesda Hospice and Sport Relief

¨ The school held its annual Christmas Concert in December, performing “Sheik, Rattle and Roll” Once again this was organised as an Enterprise project and was held in the Community Centre in order to allow the wider community to attend. The concert was a resounding success, with superb performances from the pupils and an excellent attendance from the local community.

¨ Pupils hosted a visit from Mr Tim Gorrod, a Curriculum Development Officer from New South Wales,    Australia who was Premier’s Xstrata Coal Rural and Remote Education Scholarship Holder for 2013. Pupils shared the work they were doing on their E-portfolio’s and Blogs with Mr Gorrod who was very impressed at the level of their ICT skills.

¨ All P4-7 pupils participated in and completed the Jumpstart programme run by the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Ospadal nan Eilean.

¨ The school hosted a number of visitors throughout the school year, many of whom addressed the pupils at   Assembly times.

¨ Pupils rowed the Minch and in doing so raised the magnificent sum of £566 by holding a Sponsored Rowathon in order to kick start the fundraising effort to raise money for the 2014 Residential School Trip to Fairburn Outdoor Centre.

The Standards and Quality Report for the School can be obtained by clicking on the link on the menu on the right hand side. You will find the Standards and Quality Report for 2012-13 there. Should any parent wish to receive a hard copy of the Standards and Quality Report for Session 2012-13 in Bernera School they may request one from the school office.

School Improvement Plan

The School Improvement Plan details the Improvement Agenda for the school on an annual basis. All projects which are included in the Improvement Plan are discussed with the Parent Council and the Head Teacher also updates the Parent Council regularly on progress with specific projects throughout the session.

The table below demonstrates the intentions of the School with respect to its Improvement Agenda for the next three years. The Three Year Plan, whilst not fixed, does give cognisance to the Business Plan of the Education and Children’s Services Department and also indicates which areas the school will likely focus on in order to make improvements in coming sessions.

Should any parent wish to receive a copy of the School Improvement Plan for Session 2013-14 in Bernera School  they may request one from the school office.

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16

Assessment and Moderation within the Learning Community for         Curriculum for Excellence.


Curriculum Design


Leadership of Improvement and Change

Improvements through Self Evaluation


Curriculum for Excellence – Literacy across Learning


Meeting Learning Needs –       Additional Support Needs


Curriculum for Excellence – Literacy across Learning


Teaching for Effective Learning—Tapestry Partnership


Partnerships with Parents


Curriculum for Excellence

Religious and Moral Education

Transferring Educational Data About Pupils

Education authorities and Scottish Government have collected data about pupils on paper forms for many years. We now work together with schools to transfer data electronically through the ScotXed programme. Thus Scottish Government has two functions: acting as a ‘hub’ for supporting data exchange within the education system in Scotland and the analysis of data for statistical purposes within Scottish Government itself. 

Why do we need your data? 

In order to make the best decisions about how to improve our education service, Scottish Government, education authorities and other partners such as the SQA and Careers Scotland need accurate, up-to-date data about our pupils.   We are keen to help all our pupils do well in all aspects of school life and achieve better examination results. Accurate and up-to-date data allows us to: 

¨ plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of all pupils,

¨ plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of specific groups of pupils,

¨ better understand some of the factors which influence pupil attainment and achievement,

¨ share good practice,

¨ target resources better. 

Data Policy

The ScotXed programme aims to support schools and Local Authorities by supporting the collection, processing and dissemination of statistical information required for planning, management and monitoring of Scottish education services. 

A subset of this information is passed to Scottish Government for research and National Statistics publications.  Education data within Scottish Government is managed effectively by secure systems and is exploited as a valuable corporate resource, subject to confidentiality restraints. As part of its data policy, Scottish Government will not publish or make publicly available any information that allows individual pupils to be identified, nor will data be used by Scottish Government to take any actions in respect of individuals.  Data is held securely and no information on individual pupils can or would be published by Scottish Government.  

The individual data collected by Scottish Government is used for statistical and research purposes only.  We hope that the explanations contained on the ScotXed website will help you understand the importance of  providing the information. 

Your data protection rights 

The collection, transfer, processing and sharing of ScotXed data is done in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998). We also comply with the National Statistics Code of Practice requirements and other legislation related to safeguarding the confidentiality of data. The Data Protection Act gives you the right to know how we will use your data.  This message can give only a brief description of how we use data.  Fuller details of the uses of pupil data can be found on the ScotXed website (

Scottish Government works with a range of partners including HM Inspectorate of Education and the SQA. On occasion, we will make individual data available to partners and also academic institutions and organisations to carry out research and statistical analysis. In addition, we will provide our partners with information they need in order to fulfil their official responsibilities. Any sharing of data will be done under the strict control of Scottish Government, which will ensure that no individual level data will be made public as a result of the data sharing and that these data will not be used to take any actions in respect of an individual. Decisions on the sharing of data will be taken in consultation with relevant colleagues and individuals within and out with Scottish Government.


If you have any concerns about the ScotXed data collections you can email the Senior Statistician, Peter Whitehouse, at or write to The ScotXed Support   Office, Area 1B, Victoria Quay, Leith, EH6 6QQ. Alternative versions of this page are available, on request from the ScotXed Support Office, in other languages, audio tape, braille and large print.

Want more information?

Further details about ScotXed are available on the ScotXed website which contains a section on ‘frequently asked questions’ at: