Parental Involvement in the School

At Ratho Primary we take great pride in the strong links we have developed and actively encourage contact with parents and carers.

There are many opportunities for you to become involved in supporting our school depending on your personal circumstances.  We think that the key to a successful and flourishing school is that no matter how much or how little you do, the main thing is to be involved.  Your child’s primary education is an essential first step in developing the successful learners and confident individuals we all wish our children to become.  Strong parental partnerships and open communication between home and school will ensure that we meet these challenges together.

At Ratho Primary we aim to have strong links with our parent community and actively encourage contact with parents and carers.  We are an ‘open’ school which will always welcome parents and community members to the school. Our staff are contactable through the school office via phone or email and if you would like to meet with a member of staff please ask to make an appointment at the school office.. We aim to respond to phone calls and emails within 2 working days. Some of our learners may have more regular parental contact through the use of home/school diaries for more regular communication if required. Parent’s opinions matter to us and we encourage you to please share your views with us in calm and respectful manner. We will also at times actively seek parent views on matters of school development and may invite you to complete surveys and join in working development groups.

In this section you will find information about our school ethos, values and vision, how we promote positive relationships, recognise achievements, report progress and how we involve and engage parents in their children’s learning and the school community. We actively encourage our parents to also share their child’s learning and achievements with us too through the Learning Journal system.

Parental involvement is very important as we know children and young people do better on a wide range of measures. These positive effects include:

  • Better behaviour
  • More confidence and greater self-esteem
  • Higher attendance rates
  • A lower risk of exclusion
  • More enthusiasm about learning
  • Better results.

This section contains information about our Learning Together Framework and how parents and carers can get involved in their child’s learning.

You can also find out more about the ethos of our school, what our values are and our aspirations for our pupils including how we celebrate pupil success, and links we have with partner organisations and the wider local, national and international community.

Lastly, it includes information on City of Edinburgh Council structures to support the voice of parents and carers.  This includes your Parent Council, the Ratho School Voice, how to contact them and how parents and carers can get involved in the life and work of the school.

Connect https://www.facebook.com/groups/connectingparentgroups  is the national organisation for Parent Teacher Associations and Parent Associations in Scotland, Parent Councils can join too, and it runs an independent helpline service for all parents.

The National Parent Forum of Scotland https://www.npfs.org.uk   has been set up to give Parent Councils and parents an opportunity to discuss and raise educational issues of mutual interest or concerns at a national level.

 

Equality

City of Edinburgh Council is committed to improving the quality of life for those who face inequality, harassment, discrimination and prejudice and to harness the talent and celebrate the difference of all who live in the city. This commitment is set out in the Equality, Diversity and Rights Framework which can be viewed on the council’s website.  As a school, we are committed to fulfilling our obligation of equity and excellence for all learners, with particular reference to protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 (race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, marriage or civil partnership, transgender status or pregnancy/maternity) and other factors such as poverty.

Children’s Rights

The rights of children and young people are at the heart of our code to practice.  They are laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  The UNCRC ensures that children and young people grow up healthy and safe and that their views are taken into considerations in decisions that affect them.

Ethos

The following key principles create a caring, supportive, learning environment at Ratho Primary School:

  • an ethos that values positive, restorative and respectful relationships and promotes shared values
  • an inclusive and safe learning environment which supports children and develops their skills and resilience enabling them to become responsible for their own behaviour
  • recognising that all behaviour is communication and that understanding what is being communicated and the underlying needs is crucial for assessing and meeting children’s needs and finding solutions.

All staff and pupils embrace our vision of being a Curious, Creative Community and display our school values everyday to create a happy, safe, positive learning environment for all our learners.

Values

We are committed to supporting the development of the whole pupil and as a result, wish to encourage their development in spiritual, moral, social and cultural terms.

These key human aspects of learning are supported through the following arrangements by:-

  • Creating a school ethos which, in every way possible, gives value to these aspects of development, especially by providing an overall atmosphere that is both caring and challenging and which provides opportunities for the development of personal responsibility.
  • Promoting social and moral learning through the way in which disciplinary issues are handled.
  • Ensuring that staff and adults within the school provide positive models for pupils.
  • Arranging regular gatherings of the school as a community and using such occasions to encourage and reinforce the values on which the school is based.
  • Enriching the curriculum in all appropriate areas with an emphasis on spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • Providing opportunities within the curriculum to advance personal and social development.
  • Providing a programme of religious education in which consideration will be given to responses to basic questions relating to the meaning, value and purpose of human life.
  • Providing a programme of moral education.
  • Taking every appropriate opportunity to acknowledge, value and appreciate the various cultures and heritage of the pupils and to encourage them to appreciate and value the cultures and heritage of others.