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Frequently Asked Questions

We have created a number of FAQs to support Armed Forces Families particularly if you are enrolling your child in Beeslack Community High School.

Q. When I contact or visit the school what information could I provide that might help my child? 

  • Relevant information about the family – number of children in family, long term deployments.
  • A list of schools your child has attended
  • Examples of your child’s work
  • Information about what your child is good at or enjoys doing
  • Information about your child’s activities and interests
  • Achievements
  • Their last school report
  • Details of any difficulties your child has had at school, e.g. settling in, additional support needs.
  • Information about medical conditions and dietary needs.
  • Any National Curriculum or other test results.

Why should I identify my service status to the school? 

Parents/ carers within the Armed Forces (Regular, Reserve and Veterans) are encouraged to ensure that the Head Teacher of their child’s school is aware of their service status so that the school is able to work in partnership to provide informed support if and when it is needed.

Why is this important? 

The health and wellbeing of all children is a key focus of education in Scotland.  Pupils are encouraged to learn, perform and work towards achieving their own potential.

How do you let the school know that your child is part of an Armed Forces family? 

School registration forms will offer a section where you can indicate that your child is part of an Armed Forces family.

Schools need to know so that support can be provided in partnership with your family 

Children and young people from Armed Forces families often experience numerous changes in their lives which means that they may need additional support – albeit for a short time – to help them cope with the effects of these changes.

 Support provided by the school might relate to:

  • Mobility
  • Deployment
  • Periods of separation due to training, deployment, posting, assignment
  • Interrupted learning due to mobility
  • Moving from one school to another at times throughout the year
  • Increased levels of anxiety or worry
  • Adjusting to a new school community
  • Leaving friends and peer groups
  • Making new friends
  • Learning new educational systems, the language and setting

Transitions can have a big impact on children’s learning and wellbeing and it is important that parents are well informed to help them support their children as they move onto different stages of learning.  Transitions can include moving to primary school from nursery, moving from primary to secondary school, moving to the senior phase of Curriculum for Excellence and then post-school learning, training for work.  Transitions also include any changes in a pupil’s learning journey, for example when a pupil changes school or when learning is interrupted.

 

Will my child’s school receive a Pupil Premium payment? 

The Pupil Premium Scheme which operates in England does not apply in Scotland.  However,  schools in Scotland can bid for funding from the MOD Education Support Fund. If successful, this can provide extra support and resources for our children from Armed Forces families in schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get in touch

Address

Beeslack Community High School
Edinburgh Road
Penicuik
Midlothian
EH26 0QF

Phone

01968 678 060

Email

beeslack.hs@midlothian.gov.uk