Pride Alliance April 2021

As we advance through the year, each month will be dedicated to a colour of the Pride Flag.  This month the Pride Alliance invites you to celebrate healing, the orange stripe.  At the moment we may be focusing on physical healing, or our mental well-being, but there are other aspects to healing.  Visit our notice board in the foyer to see this month’s LGBTQ+ Icons.

Healing and action are important across all aspects of society.  Consider the Black Lives Matter movement, the democracy protests in Hong Kong and Myanmar, and the push for LGBTQ+ equality around the world.  In five countries and in parts of two others, being LGBTQ+ is still punishable with the death penalty, while a further 70 countries imprison citizens because of their sexual orientation.

In the UK conversion therapy is still permitted.  Conversion therapy includes medical, psychiatric, psychological, religious, cultural or any other interventions that seek to erase, repress or change the sexual orientation and/or gender identity of a person.  Stonewall’s “LGBT in Britain Health Report” found that one in twenty LGBTQ+ people (five per cent) have been pressured to access services to question or change their sexual orientation when accessing healthcare services.

This comes at a time when Alan Turing is about to be feature on the new £50 note.  Turing is seen as the father of modern computing and a hero of WWII.  He ended his life after his forced conversion therapy.  Many are questioning how the UK government can continue to allow conversion therapy while expressing regret at the treatment of LGBTQ+ people in the past.

If you wish to find out more about how you can help to end conversion therapy you can check on the following link:

Senior Phase Update

Good afternoon to our Senior Phase pupils.  We hope this message finds you and your families well.  NLC have issued information on the date when grade judgements have to be submitted by staff. 

This is scheduled for the beginning of June.  As a result, you will be assessed regularly between your return to school on the 19th of April and the 4th of June. You will be given the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills with the support of your teacher. 

Please ensure that you revise over the break, just as you would before any assessment.  Also, take time to relax and rest in preparation for a return to school. 

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in contact with your class teachers.  Believe in yourself, you can do this! 

Mobile Testing Units in North Lanarkshire

Additional Mobile Testing Units in North Lanarkshire

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing that is now available for people with or without symptoms at the following locations, all of which are open 9.30am – 5.30pm, 7 days a week :-
• The Edward Lawson Centre, 297 Coltness Road, Wishaw, ML2 7EX
• School Road Car Park, Newmains, ML2 9BE
• Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex, Main Street, Bellshill, ML4 3DP
• Airdrie Leisure Centre, Motherwell St, Airdrie, ML6 7HU

To book a test at the Wishaw, Newmains or Bellshill test sites go to or call 0800 028 2816 if you cannot get online.

The Airdrie test site is a walk-in site and you do not need to make an appointment in order to receive a test at this site.

Spring Break Digital Supported Study

This year the Digital School has coordinated a Spring Break Digital Supported Study Offer to further support young people in S4 – S6 who are undertaking National Qualifications.

These supported sessions will be in the form of subject specific master classes at National 5 and Higher level delivered by North Lanarkshire teaching staff. Timetabling of the classes can be viewed on the attached programme. All sessions will be delivered via Microsoft Teams and will last approximately 1 hour. 

In order to attend any of the master classes you should follow the link below, where you’ll be asked to sign in to this using your Glow username and password.

Please select the supported study sessions you would like to attend and make sure you only select 1 session for each time slot per day.

You will then be added to a Microsoft Team for each study session you sign up to, the study session will then take place on the appropriate team at the advertised time in the form of a Microsoft Teams meeting.

There may be events/circumstances which mean that a session is unable to run.  Any cancellations or rescheduling will be communicated directly to you via your Glow email.

All places must be booked by 1pm on Thursday 1st April.

Spring Break Schedule – April 2021

Live Q&A with Professor Jason Leitch

The LFD testing programme has been expanded to include S1-3 pupils after the Easter break

On Tuesday 23rd March, Jason Leitch, in partnership with Young Scot, will be hosting two live Q&A sessions for young people regarding the testing programme.

The first event will take place at 13:30 for S1-S3 pupils and there will be a further session with S4-S6 pupils at 16:30. The live events will be held on e-Sgoil so that any school across Scotland can access.

Further information is available: Click here

Town & Community HUB proposals: Motherwell

NLC has the ambition to replace every school not replaced or remodelled since 1996 and the vision is to make these places for the whole community rather than only the school community.

To do this, hubs will be places where education is delivered alongside other council and community services. Hubs will have a form and facilities based on the needs of the local community.

Proposed types of hub:

  • Town hubs are likely to include primary and secondary education and an early years’ facility. Other services on offer will be larger in scale, such as more comprehensive sport, culture and leisure facilities and a wider range of council and partner services.
  • Community hubs are likely to include at least one learning establishment and may include other zones such as sport and leisure.
  • Small community hubs may exist in areas where there is no requirement for new education facilities but where there is a need to replace older facilities like libraries, community centres and health centres.

NLC are currently engaging with the communities within each town in North Lanarkshire and hope to gather as many survey returns as possible to ensure the views of the community are represented in selecting the best site for the town hub.

Town and Community Hub Video

Location Video Link  ( Motherwell)

Survey (Motherwell)

For more info: Click here

Update from Executive Director

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to update you on the Scottish Government’s recent announcement regarding the phased return of pupils.

The Scottish Government has announced that the next phase of reopening education will take place on Monday 15th March, unless new evidence or new circumstances come to light.

Primary (Including ASN Schools and Units)

Pupils in P4-7 will return to school on Monday 15th March, joining P1-3 pupils who are already back at school. Arrangements for vulnerable children and the children of keyworkers will end, and these children will re-join their normal classes. Breakfast clubs will also restart on Monday 15th March for all pupils.

Schools will contact parents/carers by Friday 12th March with final arrangements of the return.

Secondary (Including ASN Schools and Units)

From 15th of March, all secondary pupils will receive a mixture of remote and in-school learning. Each school will decide how to safely balance remote and in-school learning based on local circumstances and needs. Senior phase students (S4-S6) who are taking national qualifications will have priority for face-to-face lessons in school.

Arrangements for remote learning for pupils who are currently not in school will be affected by these new plans, and schools will contact parents/carers to inform them of the changes which are necessary.

Schools will contact parents/carers by Friday 12th March with further details of when individual pupils should attend school.

Further mitigating factors for secondary aged pupils are detailed below:

  • 2 metre physical distancing should be applied in school buildings, between secondary aged pupils and between pupils and staff
  • Face coverings should be worn by all secondary aged pupils both in class and when moving around school buildings

Further communication will be issued prior to the start of the Spring Break with updated guidance for term 4.


Pupils who travel by school transport will continue to be able to do so. If it is necessary to alter arrangements for any pupils, parents/carers will be informed by Friday 12th March.

For secondary aged pupils, face coverings should be worn on school transport (as on public transport) and an approach taken whereby pupils sit on staggered seating (i.e. not next to each other, but alternating window-aisle-window etc. row by row) Car sharing should continue to be discouraged.

School Meals

School meals will be available for primary pupils, and secondary pupils when they are in school at lunchtime, and those eligible will receive free school meals.

Direct payments to parents/carers of secondary pupils entitled to free school meals will continue on the days pupils are engaged in remote learning at home, until a full time return to school is achieved.

Pupils who are self-isolating and receive a free school meal will continue to receive direct payment until they return to school.

Secondary Schools – Children of Keyworkers, and Vulnerable Children

Eligible children of key workers and vulnerable children will continue with existing arrangements.

Extremely Clinically Vulnerable Children and Young People

Extremely clinically vulnerable children and young people should continue to shield unless otherwise advised by a clinician.

Once again, I would like to thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to support your child’s learning through this challenging time. Our schools and centres are grateful for all the support you have given during the period of remote learning.

Yours sincerely

Derek Brown

Executive Director, Education and Families

Click to download original: Parent-Carer Letter DB – March 21

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