Staff at Bannockburn Primary School in Stirling are aware that what they offer to children and families to promote equity needs to develop as circumstances change.
Karen Sneddon, the school Health and Wellbeing Officer, says “we just evolve, we just see something and respond. It’s being aware of families.”
Head Teacher Audrey Ross says that the school engages with parents to hear their views and says that:
“Parents aren’t scared to push back, they will tell us if they think we are not getting it right. Practice has evolved and will continue to evolve.”
For example, the school’s Pit Stop facility was initially set up to help keep a small group of children in mainstream school but is now open to a much wider group. Other examples include the breakfast club, which currently costs 50p per day per child, but which the school now plan to offer free to a targeted group of children and fund using Pupil Equity Funding. BUB, the school uniform bank, had been run by the parent council through Facebook, but since Covid has been moved to the school foyer to be more accessible.