New Machar School is enjoying 100% digital inclusion among pupils and has demonstrated best practice in terms of finding new and innovative means to engage with families. In addition to offering weekly bedtime stories and assemblies, the school leadership team is involved in regular check-ins with families, and many support groups are run by the wider staff team.
Their ‘whole school live’ events have inspired everything from shortbread making to marble runs and they have seen more than 125,000 pieces of work submitted online by pupils.
Head Teacher Brian Carle explained: “Our team has made the most of Northern Alliance, Education Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council resources and we’ve adapted our delivery model over time to ensure it best supports the needs of our local community.
"Our school values are: Achieve, Include, and Motivate – ideals we really believe in and are constantly coming up with new ideas to support. I’m so proud of my team as well as all of our children and families. #BeYourBestSelf!”
Education and Children’s Services Committee Chair, Cllr Gillian Owen said: “We know it’s not an easy time for anyone at the moment but it is heartening to see and hear about so many examples of best practice appearing on schools’ social media channels as well as through direct discussion.
“Teachers and practitioners as well as children and young people, and parents, are demonstrating an absolutely outstanding commitment to home learning. It all looks so fun and engaging – keep up the excellent work, folks!”
Vice-c hair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee, Cllr Rosemary Bruce added: “Well done to all our teams out there as well as children and young people and parents and carers. We know it’s hard work and we can also completely relate to the ups and downs many children and young people as well as adults are experiencing in their mental health.
"We want you to know it’s ok not to be ok and there are support mechanisms in place – please reach out for help when you need it.”