Mental Wellbeing

Granton Youth Centre has prepared a guide for parents to create mental wellbeing at home during this pandemic.

Visual Stress Testing

At a recent Parent Council meeting a parent was invited to speak about her experiences with the ‘Visual Stress Test’.

It tests for a condition akin to, but not the same as, dyslexia. Many people, of all ages,who have had the test and prescribed a certain type of spectacles have had their lives transformed. Overlays and rulers can be used, but are less effective. However, just realising that this is a challenge can help people.

We have found some information online which is here:

We have been recommending to some of our students and parents NHS approved:

Crystal Optometry
8 Rodney Street Edinburgh EH7 4EA

Dorothy Crystal MCOptom specialises in the optometric investigation of reading, writing and learning difficulties (visual stress, learning, binocular instability and colorimetry


City of Edinburgh Council has issued information about Parental Involvement and Engagement, which describes ways in which you can be involved in the life of your child's school and engaged in your child's learning.


Programmes, activities and groups information in the North West Locality is available now for parents and carers.


FREE PARENT/CARER family conflict resolution training opportunity

When: Friday 7 February 2020

Where: Norton Park Training Centre, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY

To register your FREE place click herehere

Families can be complicated, loving, difficult, complex and conflicting even on a good day. Find out a bit more about resolving conflicts and improving relationships.

The SCCR delivers this training to provide some understanding around conflict as a parent/carer: exploring what conflict is, reviewing relationships, identifying potential triggers and ‘silly wee things’, reflecting on growing up, and looking at how we can respond to situations to find a resolution.

The course is short, simple, informative and interactive allowing parents/carers to informally share experiences and discuss related issues with others.

Who is it for?

The course is aimed parents/carers of young people and has been designed in such a way that it allows participants to share their knowledge and experience with other parents/carers. The delivery is informal and is a mix of presentation, discussion, activity and evaluation.

Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution is a national resource centre promoting and supporting best practice in mediation, family conflict resolution and early intervention. Through our free events, as well as online resources, the SCCR aims to encourage young people, their families and organisations to develop conflict resolutions skills to improve both relationships and life chances and ultimately reduce youth homelessness.

To register your FREE place click herehere

For further information on this and all other SCCR training and events being held across Scotland, please contact our Event Organiser, Yvonne Moffat, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0131 475 2493.


Stress Control Classes for Adults

Stress Control classes can help people to manage stress better and understand the connection between stress, anxiety and low mood. You don’t have to be stressed to benefit. It can help you to avoid stress from building up in future.

If you are experiencing stress, want to avoid future stress or are just interested and want to find out more; then come along to one of our classes. Details of future classes are listed for each region across Edinburgh and the Lothians.’

Here is the link if you or anyone you know might be interested.


Bike Thefts

Unfortunately there is an ongoing issue with bicycle thefts in North Edinburgh and beyond. Around the UK approximately half a million bikes are stolen every year.

In our school we provide a secure bike shed for use by students. It is kept locked through most of the school day. Although the incidence of theft from this facility is low, it is still upsetting for those who are victims when it happens.

If your child stores their bicycle in the school bike shed please ensure that it is well protected. The minimum security advised is the use of a D lock. Further advice is available in the article below. Stay safe.


Relationships / Sexual Health / Parenthood Education

As you may be aware, a new national Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education resource has been developed for use in Scottish schools.  TASC (Scotland) was commissioned to create the resource by a partnership of NHS Boards and Local Authorities with advice from Education Scotland and the Scottish Government.   Further information is in this letter from Head of Schools and Lifelong Learning, Andy Gray.


The S2 Mandarin Rota for 2019-20 is available now.


Parents are asked to complete the Scottish Government survey below 


Scottish Government would like to hear your views on your child’s school


Scottish Government would like to hear your views on your child’s school


Scottish Government would like to hear your views on your child’s school

The survey closes on 12th August 2019. 

Further information about Parental Engagement is available on the Council website:


Parent and Carer Support and Information Sessions on Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Issues

The next Information and Support Session for Parents and Carers who are concerned about their pre-teen or teenager’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health takes place on Wednesday 5 June at Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre, 11-15 Moredunvale Place, Edinburgh EH17 7LB (Car Park available).

Each session has a different topic focus and there is an opportunity for parents and carers to meet other parents and supportive professionals in a safe relaxed environment. Parents and carers of 11-18 year olds from in and around Edinburgh are welcome to book to attend any of the sessions.   The session on 5 June is on Self Harm.

This session will hopefully increase parents' and carers' understanding about Self Harm and offer some practical ways they can help young people who may consider or display self-harming behaviour.  

The session will be facilitated by Torin Forest from Penumbra Edinburgh Self Harm Project. Torin provides information, advice and support to parents and family members of young people who self-harm and has lived experience of self-harm and recovery.


Teen Triple P Groups

Applications are welcome directly from parents and carers or from professionals on parents' behalf. Applications can be made by completing our online application formapplication form or by completing this application form and emailing it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Details of Teen Triple P groupsTeen Triple P groups which are running across Edinburgh can be found alongside information on all parenting programmes at  

The next Teen Triple P Groups will run at Northfield Willowbrae Community Centre, 10 Northfield Road, Edinburgh EH8 7PP on Thursdays from 25 April till 27 June 2019 from 12.30 - 2.30pm.   There are also groups at Rannoch Community Centre, Rannoch Terrace, Edinburgh EH4 7ER on Wednesdays from 1 May till 26 June 2019 from 9.30 - 11.30am. 


New Service for Parents/Carers of Someone with Eating Disorders

A new telephone peer coaching service available across Scotland for parent carers of a loved one with an eating disorder provided by Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, in partnership with NHS Lothian.


Survey on Neglect

Edinburgh Child Protection Committee and NSPCC Scotland are working together to design a city wide campaign on neglect.  As part of this they are keen to develop a better understanding of what parents in Edinburgh understand by the term neglect, what they would do if they suspected a child was being neglected and where families access support with parenting.  They have created a short surveyshort survey to do this, which should take between five and ten minutes to complete.  By completing this survey, you are helping to ensure that the final campaign will be relevant to all families and contribute towards keeping all children in the city safe.   Closing date for responses is 18 March. 


Thanks to the Broughton Association and a Scottish Government initiative, pupils now have access to a wide selection of free sanitary products in school.  Supplies are available in departments throughout the school as well as Welfare.

Products include day and night time sanitary pads, both disposable and reusable, as well as tampons and menstrual cups (for those who wish to use them) when we have them in stock.


Study Support

Study Support provides additional learning opportunities and support for learners outside the normal timetabled classroom hours.

Study Support opportunities for students sitting examination level subjects can be found here.



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