|E-News Update from the National Parent Forum of Scotland|
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|A Quick Word from Iain Ellis, Chairman of the National Parent Forum of Scotland|
|Welcome to the first edition of our E-News Update. We’ve changed our format to make information easier to share with your parent networks. We would like this e-News Update to give you all the information you need to keep up to date on Scottish education, parental involvement and news from partners. Feedback would be much appreciated. Click here to Get In Touch.
Yours in partnership,
|The National Parent Forum Has Been Busy….|
|Curriculum for Excellence|
|As schools and pupils continue on their CfE journeys, recent CfE Briefings on Broad General Education in secondary schools, Assessing Progress and Achievement in the 3-15 Broad General Education, Profiling and the S3 Profile, Inter-disciplinary learning and Broad General Education in the Secondary School – a Guide for Parents and Carers highlight some of the priorities for this year. For further information on how your school is rolling these out, please ask your head teacher.|
|We hope that parent councils will be fully involved in revising school handbooks in the light of the new School Handbook Guidance which has been published by the Scottish Government. It stipulates key information that must be shared.|
|Education Scotland has published information on inspections, for which they are now responsible, with specific support and advice for parent council chairs.|
|The New National Qualifications|
|The Scottish Qualifications Authority’s Curriculum for Excellence Liaison team is happy to come out to schools to engage with parents about the new qualifications and how they fit with the Curriculum for Excellence levels.
The SQA presentation by Dr Janet Brown at our annual conference was both reassuring and helpful in clarifying assessment and the new qualifications. There are useful resources for parents on the SQA website.
|Additional Support for Learning|
|Engage for Education|
|A lively and useful forum for debate and information-sharing, Engage for Education regularly hosts online discussions in which parents, policy makers and education partners can share their views and ideas. We were delighted to repeat last year’s online discussion event in the run up to our annual conference, taking a different topic for debate each day. Another recent discussion examined the changes to students’ funding awards from 2013/14. Sign up for updates.|
|Consultations and Scottish Government Strategies|
|The National Parenting Strategy was published in early October.
The Doran Review is due to report in November.
The Children and Young People’s Services Bill – Scottish Government officials have consulted widely on this Bill, which in effect embodies the principles ofGetting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC). The officials are planning to prepare guidance simultaneously with the legislation so that it will be ready for scrutiny straight after the legislation is approved. This would speed up the implementation stages.
Parent to Parents – Parental Involvement in Action
Saturday 10 November, 09.30 – 16:15
Booking forms and further details from SPTC
|Useful Resource Bank|
|The Scottish Qualifications Authority website has past papers, exam timetables and course specifications.
The BBC Scotland Learning pages have many useful resources and revision aids.
|For Parents and Parent Councils|
Parentzone website providing you with the most up to date information about your child’s education.
The National Parent Forum of Scotland creating a voice for Scotland’s parents.
Parenting Across Scotland offers information and support for familes in Scotland.
Scottish Parent Teacher Council (SPTC): The SPTC recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Educational Institute of Scotland, the trade union which represents 60,000 teaching staff.
|Additional Support for Learning
Enquire is the Scottish Advice Service for Additional Support for Learning.
The Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit has been prepared to support dyslexic children and young people and contains sections for professionals, parents and young people themselves.