Through the strengthening of ties between Deanpark Primary School and Balerno Community High School. The P7-S1 transition is set to improve vastly through improvements in the quality of learning, widening achievement and raising attainment. We hope to acheive this through a phased transition.
Children will get approximately 8 hours a week of specialist teaching time. The specialistteachers will be in the classroom with (not instead of) the Primary school teachers. They willbe team teaching together.
Bringing the teachers to the Primary School would not be practical. Travel time wouldsignificantly reduce contact time and Dean Park does not have the specialist teachingaccommodation which will enhance the educational experience. Ratho and Kirknewton P7pupils will be attending BalernoHigh School one day a week.
The benefits to students include:
Increased teacher-pupil contact through team teaching (Greater depth in learning throughaccessing specialist teachers and specialist accommodation Greater confidence throughhaving new experiences supported by senior pupils, their primary teacher and secondaryspecialist teachers. Improved coherence and progression in learning and more seamlesspastoral care atthe point of transition into S1.