ST MARY’S PRIMARY SCHOOL - BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS
North Lanarkshire CPP is actively involved in the Early Years Collaborative and Raising Attainment for All. St Mary’s Primary School in Coatbridge has been using improvement methodology to strengthen relationships between nursery, school and home. Working with parents they have built a greater understanding of learning expectations around numeracy, literacy and social and emotional development. They also made changes to school processes to help prevent difficult transitions from nursery to primary school.
The impact of this was that the percentage of pupils who were rated below the national average in mathematics dropped from 24 per cent to nine per cent and no children were found to have regressed in their numeracy when reviewed midway through the first term in primary school. Parents also self-reported that their children had experienced positive transitions from nursery to primary.
St Mary’s began testing these changes in their own nursery class and the next steps are to test and spread how to strengthen transitions for children from other nurseries.
Growing Up in Scotland
As the most recent Growing Up in Scotland report highlights, supporting parenting skills and promoting rich home learning environment does help to protect against the impact of adversity and disadvantage and promote positive outcomes for children, complementing Getting it right for every child.