West Linton Primary: Action pledge over school 'failings'

West Linton Primary The new primary school in West Linton opened its doors last year

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A council has promised action after a "disappointing" inspection highlighted "significant failings" at a school in the Scottish Borders.

West Linton Primary was the subject of a visit by inspectors in May.

Education Scotland said improvement was needed in leadership and communication, the curriculum and self-evaluation.

Scottish Borders Council depute chief executive Jeanette McDiarmid told parents that every effort would be made to tackle the issues raised.

A new £9m school opened in the town last year.

However, inspectors visited earlier this year and raised a number of concerns.

"This is a very disappointing inspection result," said Ms McDiarmid.

"I would like to reassure parents and the wider community that every effort is being made to make significant improvements in the areas identified."

Tristan Compton, who chairs the parent council, said the problems would be tackled.

"This report highlights significant failings in the quality of education, which must now be addressed," he said.

"With the support of SBC this school has the potential to be excellent and the parent council is looking forward to working with the school in the coming months to achieve the improvements that are needed."

Key strengths

The visit also found a number of key strengths in the school which included:

  • Articulate, polite pupils with "exemplary behaviour"
  • The new school and nursery building and its potential to benefit children's learning experiences
  • The willingness of staff to share their interests and skills to support one another and provide positive learning experiences for children
  • Support from parents in widening children's achievements through the variety of school clubs run by them

Education Scotland said that as a result of its inspection it had concluded that the school and its nursery needed additional support and more time to make necessary improvements.

It said it would work with SBC to assist in tackling the issues raised and monitor progress.

It will then return to carry out a fresh inspection within the next year and issue a fresh letter to parents outlining what improvements have been made.

SBC said senior officers had been working closely with the school, the parent council and Education Scotland since the inspection in May.

It said they would continue to do so to make sure the "necessary actions" were implemented to ensure improvement.

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    09:53: Inverness striker on the move?

    Billy McKay, a key player for Inverness CT this season, could be on his way to Wigan.

    In a statement on the club's website, Inverness chairman Kenny Cameron says: "Billy has never hidden his ambition to compete at the highest possible level and has always conducted himself in a professional manner in this regard.

    Inverness CT striker Billy McKay

    "We are grateful to Wigan Athletic FC for the courtesy shown in speaking to us before opening their discussions with the player."

    09:45: Scrap yard fire 'suspicious'

    Detectives investigating a large fire at a car scrap yard in Fife are treating it as suspicious.

    A joint police and fire inquiry was begun after the fire swept through Nobles yard in Kirkcaldy.

    The alarm was raised about 22:30 and, at its height, the blaze was attended by more than 16 fire appliances.

    The road around the industrial estate was closed as a precautionary measure and no-one was hurt.

    @edinburghpaper Reekie noir Edinburgh Evening News

    The Danish director who masterminded the hit crime show The Killing has spent four months in Scotland secretly filming his first British drama ­series.

    Locations across Edinburgh and the Lothians have been used for Birger Larsen's three-part series Murder, due to be aired on BBC2 later this year.

    09:34: Lifeboats' rescue record

    Scotland's lifeboat crews rescued a record number of people last year, according to new figures from the RNLI.

    buckie lifeboat

    Volunteer crews went to the aid of nearly 1,200 people around the coast in 2014, compared to just over 1,000 the previous year.

    Broughty Ferry was Scotland's busiest station with more than 70 call outs.

    @BBCTravelScot Snow shower BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    A9 around Blair Atholl - heavy snow shower affecting visibility.

    Text 80295 Your favourite nicknames

    Louise White is asking Morning Call listeners for the best nicknames they have earned/heard/used and the stories behind them.

    Brian, Motherwell: We used to call a mate The Blacksmith because he used to make a Bolt for the door when it was his round.

    Bob, Gartocharn: A teacher in the 70s at Aberdeen Grammar School named William Williams was known to us as Bill Squared.

    Nina Shanks: My husband's surname is Shanks and at school he was known as Flush.

    Grant: Jim Hoy from Blairgowrie known as Shipper, hence Shipperhoy.

    Jim: I am a retired firefighter, nicknames were rife in the service. MINTY - we started day shift at 08:00 and this guy was never on time. He arrived for work "after eight!"

    @BBCKheredine Murray watch Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    A fan's eye view of @andy_murray as he rewards those on Margaret Court who watched his practice with some autographs.

    Andy Murray at the Australian Open
    09:06: Job creation drive

    The Scottish Labour Party will today publish a bill at Westminster calling for the immediate transfer to Holyrood of job creation powers.

    Shadow Business Minister Ian Murray's bill would devolve responsibility for the work programme ahead of the general election.

    Labour says it may force a Commons vote on the issue next month.

    The UK government says Labour's proposal is flawed and insists the powers will be devolved as part of further devolution legislation by whoever is in power after May's general election.

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk Your pictures - Get involved

    Gill Williamson took this picture at the Up Helly Aa festival while on a break with friends in Shetland.

    up helly aa

    Email us your pictures from around the country for our photo gallery and we'll use the best.

    08:44: Oil and gas taskforce

    A taskforce which aims to support jobs across the energy sector will meet for the first time in Aberdeen.

    oil rig

    The new Energy Jobs Taskforce, which was established by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, will focus initially on the oil and gas industry.

    It includes figures from the oil and gas sector, enterprise bodies, local and central government and unions.

    The taskforce will be chaired by Scottish Enterprise chief executive Lena Wilson.

    It will report to the Scottish Energy Advisory Board.

    @BBCKheredine Tennis defeat Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    Disappointment for Scotland's @GordonReid91 - knocked out of the Australian Open singles 6-2, 6-4 by his doubles partner here, Gustavo Fernandez, Arg.

    08:37: 'Cut whisky tax'

    The Scotch Whisky Association has backed research which shows our national drink is worth £5bn to the UK economy and urged Chancellor George Osborne to do more to help producers.

    Chief executive David Frost told BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "I think the government took a great decision last year in abolishing the duty escalator and freezing duty on spirits and Scotch whisky.

    "We would like them to follow the logic of that decision this year, to stop taxing a sector that is so successful. Follow the logic and cut duty by 2% this year at the Budget."

    @bbcweather Cold snap BBC Weather Latest

    Today gets colder, and for a few...snowier! Weather warnings: http://bbc.in/1yMuS9C Here's you day in pictures

    Weather map
    Text 80295 Vouchers for pregnant smokers - Your views

    John Ross, Edinburgh: Research in other areas has shown that such financial incentives will only lead to an increase in smoking among pregnant women so that more women can claim reward for apparently stopping smoking later.

    Stephen Mather: Shame that some are more interested in health of their purse than health of their child.

    08:17: Vouchers for pregnant smokers

    One of the lead authors, Professor David Tappin, hopes the scheme will be rolled out across the UK.

    "It (the voucher) was £400 split into four points during pregnancy," he told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland. "The first point was if they engaged with the pregnancy cessation services, and set a quit date, they got £50.


    "Then, if they were quit four weeks later they got a second £50 voucher and if they had still quit after 12 weeks then they got a £100 voucher.

    "And, if they had quit towards the end of their pregnancy, they got a final £200 voucher.

    "When women are young, and the time they're having babies, if you stop them smoking at that point, their probably going to get the same life expectancy and health outcomes as a non-smoker.

    "This study has only been done in Glasgow and needs to be done in other places around the UK with different rates of smoking.

    "If that future study shows that it is cost effective, then I think National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) would recommend it."

    @trafficscotland Here we snow again

    Traffic Scotland tweets: #Snow now showing on the #A82 at Altnafeadh (East of Glencoe)-Take extra care, visibility will be reduced. #StaySafe

    snow on A82
    @bbcscotlandnews Vouchers for pregnant smokers - Your views

    Iain Dick tweets: I guess having a healthy full term baby isn't enough incentive!

    Louise Agnew: You would think their health and the health of their unborn baby would be incentive enough.

    Culag Park: Bonkers. Surely the incentive is to have a healthy baby? Why not give £400 vouchers to those who don't smoke as a thank you?

    @BBCTravelScot Snow on the way... BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Snow in the air - across the #M80- can't see it lying but be aware in case it affects visibility.



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