Equality approach is now delivering results in Glenrothes schools

Glenrothes High School
Glenrothes High School

Head teachers from Glenrothes high schools have given councillors an insight into how pupils are gaining essential life skills to help them succeed.

Self belief, confidence, sound communication skills and health and wellbeing were some of the key areas in which the educational curriculum has been shaped to give school leavers an added edge to achieve in the jobs market or further educational environments.

Councillors at this month’s Glenrothes Area Committee quizzed education officers and head teachers - Alan Pithie, Neil McNeill and Ruth McFarlane - as they presented their school’s six month attainment reports.

All three schools reported improvements in school attainment following a sustained focus on the core skills of literacy and numeracy that has closed the gap for the most derived youngsters.

Ruth McFarlane, head at Glenrothes High School: “I welcome the promotion of equality in the efforts to raise the level of attainment in Glenrothes schools, the focus should be on this provision as we all know that there is not always an equity in the home lives of all pupils.

“We have 76 per cent of pupils attending Glenrothes High come from the bottom five sectors within the social deprivation indicator which in itself presents a major challenge for the school and for the pupils.”

In a report councillors were also told working effectively in partnership with other groups and agencies such as job clubs, council-led initiatives and examples including the likes of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme were essential in achieving equality in educational attainment and learning that no one service could achieve in isolation.

Mr Pithie, head teacher at the new Auchmuty High School, said: “Developing communication skills for our pupils has given them a vital tool in which they can project themselves and their abilities in the wider world.

“No longer is it adequate to just have the the educational results, youngsters have to have a range of essential life skills that will equip them and make them succeed once they leave the safety of the classroom.

“Our inclusive approach within the school will create students that are flexible and can adapt in the workplace, yet remain lifelong learners.”

Neil McNeill, head teacher at Glenwood High, told councillors that they had instilled a flexible approach to learning for all children whatever the social background, home life and ability.

He added:” We have to offer pupils a meaningful curriculum, remove the bias to their learning and give them every opportunity to achieve in their education.”

Councillors praised the progress being made and called for ongoing reports.