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Free School Meal Arrangements

Dundee City Council is confirming its arrangements for free school meals while pupils remain at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.


A direct weekly payment of £11.25 per child will be made into the accounts of

families who qualify, where the council holds bank details.


If the council does not hold a family’s bank details and they are eligible, they may receive a text message asking them to contact the council.


However, if people haven’t received a text message and they think their child may be eligible, please contact the council at or call 01382 433458.


A total of 6,892 children will be covered by the Dundee scheme, which begins next



Included are all children in a nursery which is part of the additional hours pilot scheme and any child in a nursery who would usually receive free school meals


Of pupils in P1-3, only those who receive the school clothing grant will qualify. Payments will be made for pupils from P4 to S6 based on free school meals entitlement.


Vouchers will be available as a safety net in case bank details for some families cannot be confirmed.


The cost for a 14 week period until the end of term on June 26, or earlier if restrictions are ended, would be £1,085,490. This will be paid for partly by the council’s share of the Scottish Government’s Food Fund.


Payments will be backdated until March 23, the date from which the council was unable to provide a normal free school meals service.  


Council leader John Alexander said: “This payment will be a practical help for families to put food on the table during extremely challenging times.  


“We know that free school meals have a positive impact for these pupils and we have developed a scheme which is simple and convenient.


“The establishment of Community Support Centres and a food distribution centre show how we are working hard to assist vulnerable people.


“Free school meals also have an important role to play, with these payments making a real difference for families across Dundee.”                                          

SQA Update 10th April 2020

10 April 2020


Dear Parent/Carer





I write to provide you with the latest information from the SQA regarding the certification of National Courses and Awards.   Following a statement by the Chief Examiner on 2 April 2020, the SQA has issued a Guide for Learners, Parents and Carers which I attach. 


The key points from the SQA Chief Examiner are:


1. Schools have been asked to provide an estimate of the grade and band for all learners entered for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses by 29 May 2020.  
2. The SQA will provide schools with more detailed guidance on how to determine and submit estimate grades by 20 April 2020.  
3. The SQA will not mark any coursework which has already been submitted by schools or remains in schools and will no longer be uplifted for National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher courses.   In addition, schools will not submit marks for coursework which has already been internally assessed.
4. In National 2, National 3 and National 4 Qualifications - schools will assess all units and submit a pass/fail result by 22 May 2020.
5. Schools must retain all assessment evidence in connection with National 2, National 3 and National 4 Qualifications, Free standing Units at SCQF levels 5, 6, 7, National Certificates, National Progression Awards, Skills for Work Courses and SQA Awards until December 2020.


Teachers will be taking account of a wide range of assessment evidence, including pupils’ work throughout the year, and not just pupils’ results in earlier Prelim Examinations.  Importantly, teachers/schools will also be considering assessment evidence and attainment data which shows improvement by learners following Prelim Examinations. This is an important point to note which you may wish to discuss with your child.  


I know that this is an anxious time for you, as parents, and for our young people, but would ask that you trust us.   We know our young people very well and we will work through all of the advice provided by the SQA to ensure that their achievements are rightly and fairly recognised.  On that note, I would appreciate your help with a very important matter.  Please do not ask any member of staff for your child’s estimate grade.  As stated, we still await more detailed guidance from the SQA on how we determine and submit estimate grades.   As outlined in the statement from the SQA Chief Examiner, the SQA will “adjust estimates where necessary, to ensure consistency both across the country and in comparison to previous years.” 


With sincere thanks for your continued support.


Yours sincerely

EMA Payments

Dundee City Council understands that this is a worrying time for pupils and young people and that EMA payments are an invaluable source of income to those who receive this payment.

Dundee City Council are adopting a sympathetic and flexible approach for those young people in receipt of EMA.  Those who are unable to meet their agreed attendance requirements either through self-isolating, contracting the virus or through the learning institution being closed, will continue to receive their payment.

Payments are not expected to be delayed in any way and will be made in accordance with the payment schedule already issued.  The payment schedule is also available here.

Online Learning Portal

This mini website has details of all our online learning places and how to link to them:

Coronavirus update 20th March2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

I am writing to update you on Coronavirus (Covid-19) as it relates to you as a family and your children as pupils in our schools.

The Scottish Government has indicated all Schools and Early Learning and Childcare settings will be closed for normal business from Monday 23 March 2020.

Teachers at primary and secondary schools have been talking to pupils about using their Glow account for online learning. Nurseries will also be advising about learning at home options.

The school and Early Learning and Childcare settings are making arrangements to offer a provision for the targeted groups as identified by the Scottish Government.

There is an online application for parents and carers who are key workers who have no other means of carrying on their work in key services without support from our service. This link is available on the DCC website along with all other relevant information.

Secondary Schools will determine which senior pupils should attend and confirm this information with parents. 

Children and young people who are entitled to a free school meal can collect a meal from their own school between 12 noon and 1.45 p.m. next week and further information will follow for arrangements after the Easter break.

I wish to reassure you that Dundee City Council’s Children and Families Service is continuing to work with Head Teachers across the city to deal with the impact of the situation as it develops.


Yours sincerely



Head Teacher

Coronavirus Update 17 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

I am writing to update you on Coronavirus (Covid-19) as it relates to you as a family and your children as pupils in our schools.

Dundee City Council’s Children and Families Service is working with head teachers across the city to deal with the impact of the situation as it develops.

The Scottish Government have said there is no need at this stage to close schools. I shall notify you immediately if this advice were to change.

The latest advice from Health Protection Scotland recommends that all educational settings remain open unless we have been advised by the local Health Protection Team to close.

I would ask that you and your family closely follow national health guidance.

If you've developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild.

If you live with others, then the person who has symptoms of COVID-19 (new continuous cough and/or fever/high temperature) should stay at home for 7 days from the start of their symptoms and all other household members who don’t develop any symptoms should stay at home for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day illness began in the first person to become ill.

If others in the household develop symptoms within the 14 days, then they will need to stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms began, even if this takes them over the 14 day isolation period. There is a self-help guide available: or phone 0800 028 2816. Please see the most up-to-date advice from the NHS:

We are adopting precautionary measures to protect members of our school community and ensure the effective running of our schools.

To help support these measures:

· We are regularly reminding young people of the importance of hand washing and basic hygiene procedures outlined by the NHS.

· Water fountains should only be used to fill water bottles.

· All visitors MUST wash their hands when they come into the school.

Teachers at primary and secondary schools have been talking to pupils about using their Glow account for online learning. Nurseries will also be advising about learning at home options.

All evening and after school activities and events prior to Easter have been postponed, along with Parents’ Evenings, concerts, shows and sports fixtures.

All school trips have been cancelled in the meantime.

Please be assured that we are taking all reasonable precautions in our schools and are liaising closely with Dundee City Council and NHS staff.

Yours sincerely

Mrs F McLagan

Head Teacher

Coronavirus - use of drinking fountains

Please see the attached information regarding the use of drinking fountains in school. Click here.

More information is available on the NHS website. Click here,

School Meals Survey

I would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to answer the following questionnaire on the school meal service as detailed in the attached link which will be open until 21 February 2020.

Dundee Parent/Carer school meal serivice survey.

I appreciate your support with this and would like to thank you on behalf of Tayside Contracts.

St John’s RC High School Business & Languages event (Thursday 16 January 2020)

St John’s RC High School Business & Languages event (Thursday 16 January 2020)

Andrew Gillespie – Ace Aquatec

This year’s business and language event consisted of a range of local businesses and organisations who delivered 25-minute interactive workshops to our current S3 pupils. 

Pupils were split into groups and rotated through each of the workshops delivered by the organisations.  The intention of this experience was to enable young people to make links between the Business and languages subjects which they are studying, and to recognise the relevance of the skills which they are learning.  This enabling young people to make links between the work they are doing in school and its purpose in their future careers. 

Attending the talks and workshops enabled young people to develop a range of skills which will be essential for their future, including literacy, team working and interpersonal skills, as well as languages and business skills. 

Pupil feedback on the morning was extremely positive, overall, they found the whole experience valuable and thoroughly enjoyed working alongside local businesses.  The workshops put their leaning into context and gave them a greater awareness of the importance of studying a language alongside business and clear links to their future careers.

 Businesses Involved (Workshops)

  • Andrew Gillespie – Ace Aquatec
  • Judy and Susanna – Dundee Heritage Trust
  • Danielle – Dundee United FC
  • Micholla Finnegan – International Project’s team at Dundee & Angus College
  • Dr Sara Al Tubuly – Al-Maktoum College