Routine Ready Initiative – Survey for Parents/Carers

Consultation with Parent Council Chairs/Parent Representatives – March 2021


A small group of practitioners from Education and partners have met to discuss the challenges parents/carers face which can have a negative impact on attendance in school or engagement in learning.


We highlighted the following and would like to know if you have any other challenges you feel should be added to these:


  • Establishing and maintaining routines in the home
  • Parent/carer health – physical and mental (sometimes undiagnosed)
  • Alcohol or drug misuse
  • Lack of IT Skills – hampering home learning
  • Financial challenges – impacting on clothing, food, learning resources
  • Transport costs if children are further away from school they attend
  • Domestic violence


We feel strongly that helping families with routines at home would positively impact on some of the above challenges, including mental and physical health.  So we’d like to do the following:


  • A poster campaign around being ‘Routine Ready’ (taking message away from just ‘attendance’ and putting spotlight on routines).
  • Linked to this would be a parent/carer leaflet giving information about importance of routine, ideas/strategies for doing this well at home, the difference in routines for weekdays/weekends, in school/home school learning; positive impact (research based) on mental and physical health of children and adults.
  • Helpline numbers for getting support with any of the other challenges listed above that might be impacting on their attendance/engagement.
  • A competition to design a logo for the routine ready campaign which will outline a learning task that will be shared with teachers across the authority. This will introduce the idea of routines to the children and help them to create a logo to represent the initiative.
  • The posters and parents leaflets will be made available widely, including, for example, doctors’ surgeries.
  • There will be a Routine Reward Chart for children to use daily and gain rewards (we will give suggestions to parents around kinds of rewards to offer).
  • We will also use social media platforms to promote the initiative as widely as possible and this may include creating voice overs/videos made by parents/people in our communities.


What do you think?  Could you let us know your feedback by completing this short (5 question) survey using the following link by 31 March 2021.

Update from the Headteacher – Friday 19 March 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am delighted to report to you that this week has gone very well.  It has been wonderful to see our pupils return to us, albeit for a reduced period of time due to the need for social distancing. Our senior phase pupils have re-engaged with in-school learning with great ease.  Our pupils in S1 to S3 have really appreciated having an opportunity to reconnect with friends, teachers and school in general.

The pattern that we followed this week will be repeated over the next couple of weeks leading up to the Easter holiday.

We are certainly moving in the right direction and I hope that we will be able to return to school full-time after the Easter break, without the need for 2m social distancing, if the level of prevalence of the virus continues to fall.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Allyson Dobson

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Update from the Headteacher – Friday 12 March 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our pupils back into the building through the course of next week.  It has been a challenging few months since the start of the year but the pupils returning to school is a clear indication that we are moving in a positive direction.
Full plans were shared with pupils and their families earlier in the week but please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your unstinting support throughout.
With very best wishes,
Allyson Dobson

Update from the Headteacher – Wednesday 10 March 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please find below the plans for the return of our pupils for some in-school learning from Monday, 15th March.  I have also resent the rationale for the return of our pupils that I shared with you at the end of last week.  The plans should be read alongside the rationale.

We will be holding an additional virtual meeting of the Parent Council this evening at 7pm.  I am delighted with the number of parents/carers who have already indicated that they will be attending the meeting.  Please contact the school if you would like to attend.  Joining details will be sent later today.

Download: DHS plans 15th March senior phase  |   DHS Rationale for return to school  | DHS plans 15th March BGE

I would like to thank all in our school community for their support as we continue to chart our way through this session.  The Scottish Government have indicated that they hope for all pupils to be able to return to school full-time after the Easter break.

Kind regards,

Allyson Dobson

Update from the Headteacher – Friday 5 March 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,
Please find below the weekly newsletter providing an update of all that is happening in our school community.  Further information will follow throughout the course of next week about plans for the return of pupils for some in-school learning for parts of the weeks leading up to the Easter break.  I have included a rationale for those plans with this week’s newsletter.

Kind regards,

Allyson Dobson