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A DETAILED ONLINE SURVEY has been launched to gauge how much parents are involved in to the work of a Moray school – and how they can become more involved in the future.
The move has been warmly welcomed by local councillor Marc Macrae, who was himself a former pupil at Milne’s High School.
After learning of the survey at a meeting of the school’s Parent Council, of which he was vice-chair before being elected to Moray Council, Councillor Macrae said: “The Parent Council may be small in numbers of active parents but are very dedicated to working with both pupils and staff to ensure children get the best possible education at Milne’s.
“In recent years, fundraising efforts have seen the group provide funding towards the cost of the Show My Homework App, which allows parents and pupils to see online their homework diary, a very valuable tool in helping parents keep an eye on the work set for their children and of course making sure it gets done in a timely manner.
“The Parent Council have also funded the purchase of electronic scribe pens as an experiment to test their abilities, pens which can scan text and then read it back in audio format, something which could help pupils who might otherwise find themselves at a disadvantage.”
Encouraging parents or guardians to take part in the online survey, Councillor Macrae said that it would provide valuable information for the Parent Council, adding: “In recent weeks a number of Parental Engagement sessions have been held, the first on bullying and the most recent on the introduction of the 33 period week.
“These sessions presented by the Head Teacher Trish Cameron and her staff followed on from discussions at the Parent Council. I would welcome input from parents who may have other suggestions or topics for future information evenings.
“I would encourage any parent who is interested in learning more about the work of the parent council to go along to their meetings, details of which can be found on the school website.”