Scottish education, doggies, and Brexit

The Scottish state-funded education system is brilliant. Daniel will be starting secondary school in August and they have a transitioning program for pupils that starts in primary 6, two years before they leave primary school. This began with short visits to the secondary school and has culminated this week with pupils getting to spend two full days and a half-day there in their classes and following the actual timetable they will have, come August.

They’re assigned buddies who are older pupils at the school who show them around. They get to meet their teachers and the other pupils in their class and this week there was also an evening for parents to attend and ask questions. All this has meant that Daniel is really looking forward to the transition. He’s already very familiar with the place and knows who will be in his class. I honestly can’t think of anything they could do better because they’re already doing everything. He was sold when he discovered you can get pancakes for breakfast at school if you go early.

A friend at work introduced me to a website called My Noise. I often listen to music when I work but sometimes I want background noise that isn’t music. My Noise has some nice sounds like rain, waterfalls, and the Irish Coast which is my favourite. Listening to the Irish Coast makes me feel strangely cold, even on a hot day. If you’re finding the weather unpleasantly hot right now, try listening to the Irish Coast and maybe your brain will trick you into thinking it’s cooler than it really is.

We had Millie today. She’s very comfortable with us now.

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Last weekend we had Bramble for several days overnight which was lovely. I think she had a nice time with us.

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Here’s Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan:

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Here’s a quiz on guessing the city based on the cycle lane icon. I got 7/8.

 

 

5 Replies to “Scottish education, doggies, and Brexit”

  1. I only got 5/8. I liked the cyclists with stylish outfits.
    We are trying to agree a transition process in Eastbourne, number of days, standardised information exchange etc. Our Headteacher joked that standardising the data exchange was worse than getting Brexit through. There are 6 different schools they can go to in Eastbourne and even agreeing on one day when they all do the taster day is difficult enough. We’ve agreed two would be ideal. Maybe next year. Maybe we will have succesfully Brexited by then too.

    1. The icons with helmets were either America or Australia. The km/h was obviously Canada. I was able to recognise the Japanese characters for the Japanese one and the others were educated guesses.

      6 feeder schools is rather a lot. Daniel’s secondary school takes from 3 primary schools so it’s not so many to manage but I still wonder about the logistics of it all. What are the teacher’s regular students doing when they’re spending time with the new pupils?

      1. The teachers are usually the ones who have lost Year 11 classes because they have finished their GCSEs. I found out from my Slovakian student that they don’t have that in Slovakia, everyone stays in school till the end of the year even if they are in their final year so they don’t get a long summer after their exams. You are right though the logistics are still quite tricky!

      2. It’s not 6 feeder schools in Eastbourne, it’s about two dozen feeder schools going into 6 secondary schools!

  2. Our middle girl has been involved in showing the new pupils around at her school this week – she’s a Prefect – it’s one of the roles they are assigned 🙂

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