By the year 2007, all schools in Scotland are required by the Scottish Executive to have Personal Learning Plans (PLPs) in place. In the summer term 2006, all children in Kelso primary schools will start using PLPs.
It is believed that children learn best when they work together in partnerships with parents and teachers. PLPs are an important way for this to happen. It will help parents to be more involved by being better informed about their children's progress; by being aware of what he/she is learning and their role in that.
At the moment we are working towards achieving Green Flag Status and are in the process of applying for our Silver Award having already achieved Bronze.
The Eco Schools programme was developed in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and introduced in the UK, including Scotland, in 1995. It was at the United Nations (UN) Conference on Environment & Development (Earth Summit) held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 that a need to involve young people in finding solutions to environmental and sustainable development issues at a local level had been identified. Eco Schools developed to fulfil this role and, in adopting the principles of 'Local Agenda 21', encourages schools to 'think global, act local'.
A Curriculum for Excellence
What is a school curriculum?
A school curriculum describes what children and young people do in school. In pre-school classes the curriculum promotes children's emotional, personal and social development as well as encouraging intellectual, physical and creative skills through play activities and learning by example. The primary school curriculum includes the areas which develop children's basic skills such as maths, language, expressive arts, environmental studies, religious/moral education and personal and social development. Then, in secondary schools, the curriculum involves the subject areas, such as geography, history, languages, etc, and the courses which lead to assessment and qualifications.