Tayvallich Primary School and ELC

Week ending 12th April


Hello there

I hope that you have had a lovely break.


If you have anything that you need me/staff to know that has happened to your child over the holidays and may affect their ability to learn on Monday, please drop me an email on lena.carter@argyll-bute.gov.uk and I will make sure that we are prepared.

This could be something wonderful and exciting that your child will need space and time to talk about, or something less positive. Either way, please share if it will be of benefit to your child’s ability to engage and wellbeing on Monday. Can I ask that, as per our communication protocol, which you can find here and in the documents section of our website, you use my direct email address for this type of communication.


This term sees a few minor changes to staffing, (all of which you have been informed about) but which are also detailed here: https://www.tayvallich.argyll-bute.sch.uk/about-our-setting/

Finally for now, I would be most grateful if you could complete the feedback form, that you have been emailed today, by Friday 19th April. This will help us to identify our improvement priorities as we review our school improvement plan and identify priorities for next session.  You can access last year’s plan on our website here.

Our four main priorities for session 2023/24 were:

  • Family and pupil engagement in learning
  • Focused support for Literacy (with a key focus on Writing) and Numeracy development
  • Use of Moderation to ensure a shared understanding of standards and lead to equity and high attainment for all learners.
  • ELC – Realising The Ambition, Being me –revisiting and building on our pre-Covid ambitions and integrating our post-Covid learning

We will be working over the coming weeks to look at data and evidence and evaluate how successful we have been in addressing these priorities. This evaluation will be published in our annual standards and quality report.

Last year (as you will see in the improvement plan) we also identified the following as likely priorities for sessions 2024/25 and 2025/26:

  • Learning and Teaching through Play
  • Digital Learning
  • Refresh of Vision, Values and Aims
  • Learner journey and agency – whose learning?
  • Learning for Sustainability

We now need to work with you and the children to identify whether these are still the areas on which we want to focus most.

As well as capturing your views through the feedback form, we will be holding a face to face meeting in school later this term to allow discussion of how we can make our school the best place it can be for all of our children.

Enjoy the last weekend of the holidays and I can’t wait to see the children on Monday!