Lawfield project scoops second award

Lawfield partnership win at Quality Improvement Nov 2017

A project that is helping tackle high exclusion rates, low attainment and lack of community involvement at Lawfield Primary School has scooped its second award.

The project won a Quality Improvement award

This week the Lawfield Community Project Partnership, which includes Midlothian Council, Midlothian Sure Start, and partners Lawfield Primary School, Homelink Family Support, Playtherapy Base and Children 1st, took the Co-production with Families and Our Services title at the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative Quality Improvement awards in Glasgow.

It's making a big difference to the community

Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for education, Cllr Jim Muirhead said: “It’s fantastic the team has taken its second award for this transformational project. That said, the even better news is the difference it is making in the community.

Exclusions have dropped by 85%

“There has been an 85% reduction in exclusions and a reduction of 741 in absence days.  Plans are now underway to roll-out this unique collaborative approach to nine additional primary schools and one secondary school as part of the work of Newbattle Learning Community."

There was a lack of community involvement

Lawfield Primary School in Mayfield was experiencing difficulty with pupil engagement, a high level of exclusions, lack of community involvement and poor attainment levels.

The council is working with the voluntary sector

Midlothian Council approached the voluntary sector for help and the Lawfield Community Project Partnership was formed to create a multi-agency intervention.

Changes include music sessions

The partners delivered a package of support, including regular meetings between families and staff; art, play and music sessions; one-to-one support where it was needed; a Dads’ inclusion project; sleep advice; a befriending service; and family counselling.

The award recognises projects delivered with families

The Co-production with Families and Our Services Award is for projects delivering services with children, young people and their families.

The project also won a Third Sector award

 This is the second award Lawfield Community Project Partnership has won this session. The project also won the Charity Partnership of the Year category at the Third Sector Awards recently. These awards recognise those who give back to the community.

The awards showcase good practice

 Following a very successful inaugural Awards in 2016, The Scottish Government and Healthcare Improvement Scotland supported the 2017 awards dedicated to Quality Improvement.  These awards celebrate and showcase the fantastic range of quality improvement practice that has been taking place across the length and breadth of Scotland to make services the best they possibly can be for babies, children, young people and their families in all aspects of their lives.


24 Nov 2017