Is your child starting primary school? Starting a new school? Starting High School?

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Schools across Scotland start their new academic year this week. Transitions are the moves that children and young people make from stage to stage. Find out how you can support your child and help transitions go smoothly on the Parenting Across Scotland website. There are top  tips on helping your child  get off to a good […]

Exam Results Helpline

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Skills Development Scotland’s Exam Results Helpline will open on Tuesday 8 August as students across the country receive their National, Higher and Advanced Higher results. This is the 25th year of the *free helpline which offers advice, information and support for young people and their parents. It will be open from 8am until 8pm on 8 and […]

Changes to National Qualifications

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We have been hearing from lots of parents who are concerned about the changes to N5s in the new session, and future changes to the other National Qualifications. We’ve helped Scottish Government to compile this guide to the changes, and they’ve added a helpful timeline. You can download it here: National Qualifications – NPFS QA […]

NPFS Governance next steps statement

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Press Statement : June 15th 2017 The National Parent Forum of Scotland believes in the continuous improvement of our education system. We welcome the overarching principles of today’s announcement, although still remain concerned that there is the potential of disruption to the learning of our children and young people. Greater cooperation and communication are key […]

Pupil Presentation to the Parent Council. An Excellent Example of Good Practice

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At NPFS we are always delighted to hear about excellent examples of good practice within Scottish Schools. Recently our East Lothian representative, Saddah Aziz shared with us details of a presentation that Elphinstone Primary School P6 and 7 pupils made to their parent council, discussing various aspects of their learning and wider achievement, and how […]

Review of the Impact of the 2006 Parental involvement Act

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The National Parent Forum of Scotland is pleased to announce that the Review of the impact of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 has now been published. The formal launch is taking place today in Drummond Community High School, Edinburgh. The event is bringing together parents and stakeholders, including Deputy First Minister John Swinney, […]

Pupil Equity Funding

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Pupil Equity Funding is allocated directly to schools, targeted at those children most affected by the poverty related attainment gap. From April this year £120m will be provided through the Attainment Scotland Fund directly to Headteachers to use for additional staffing or resources they consider will help reduce the poverty related attainment gap. The funding […]

Parental Involvement Act Call for Evidence Publication of Responses

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UPDATE – APRIL 2017 Many thanks to all who responded to our calls for evidence, 1281 responses were received from parens, 461 from parent councils and 96 from professionals working within the field of education. Below are links to all the submitted responses where consent has been given to share the response: Parents:PI Survey Parent […]

Additional Support Needs in Scottish Schools

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Over the past few months the Education and Skills Committee has been looking a lot at school education. They have asked lots of people for their views on Additional Support Needs and, because of what they have heard, they want to do some more work on this issue. A child or young person is said to have additional […]

Changes to National 5s

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Following the Deputy First Minister’s announcement  in September regarding changes to assessment in National Courses, SQA have  now shared some more information on what the changes will be for individual subjects. The removal of units and unit assessments means that course assessments will need to be strengthened. The changes can be viewed online: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/78398.html and SQA have compiled this […]

Help with Subject Choices

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If you’re choosing subjects or know someone who is, My World of Work is there to help. The subjects young people choose at school can have an impact on what they can study at college or university and what jobs they can go for in the future. Scotland’s career information and advice web service is […]

The National Parent forum of Scotland Governance Review Response

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We have submitted our response to Scottish Government on the Governance Review of Scottish Education. Overall, parents acknowledge that there are inconsistencies across local authorities but they are clear that they do not see any value in adding another layer of bureaucracy. Parents also state that there needs to be greater clarity over the roles […]

Governance Simplified!

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Today, November 19th, we were delighted to welcome John Swinney , Deputy First Minister, back to our full forum meeting. Mr Swinney emphasised that the Governance review is not prescriptive. When our Chair, Joanna Murphy, explained the consultation is very hard for parents to engage with, Mr Swinney suggested that parents answer these points and […]

John Swinney – A Message to Parents

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We were delighted to welcome John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills to our full forum meeting on Sept 17th in Edinburgh.  Mr Swinney spoke to our volunteer representatives about his plans for Scottish Education, and this was followed by a lively discussion. Closing the session our Chair Joanna Murphy asked […]

Assessment and National Qualifications

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Our North Lanarkshire Representative Barrie Sheppard, is part of Scottish Government’s Working Group on Assessment and Qualifications.  This group  has met fully on five occasions since February with an initial focus on seeking to reduce assessment-related workload for teachers and learners in advance of session 2016-17. The first report on the work of the Assessment and […]

National Care Standards

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Our Vice Chair Cheryl Burnett is involved with the review of the National Care Standards  and we are delighted to share this easy to read pocket guide with you, explaining the new National Care Standards and the work of the review group. View the leaflet by clicking this link: NCS-pocket-guide-the-princples

Understanding the SCQF

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Is your teenager awaiting Exam results? Understanding the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework will help you make sense of their exam certificate and advise on future learning and career choices.  With your teenager’s SQA certificate they will get a profile sheet which includes their SCQF Profile. The SCQF is a way of comparing Scottish qualifications. It covers […]

Enterprise and Skills Review Call for Evidence

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The Enterpise and Skills Review want to hear your views to ensure that Scottish Government and public agencies are delivering the  joined-up support that our young people, universities, colleges and businesses need.  If you have a spare few minutes to fill in their survey you can find it here. The National Parent Forum will be submitting […]

New Education Delivery Plan published

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The Scottish Government has announced a new Delivery Plan for Education which aims to improve school performance and close the attainment gap. The Plan will: Focus on closing the attainment gap by extending the reach, scope and investment of the Scottish Attainment Challenge over the next five years. Launch a governance and funding review to examine […]

GIRFEC information for parents

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The Scottish Government is rolling out the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) aspects of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. What does this mean for families? The Act aims to improve the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland. It is wide ranging and includes key elements of the GIRFEC approach such as the Child’s Plan and […]

Career Conversations in a nutshell

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We know that talking to your child about their future career can be tricky. That’s why The National Parent Forum of Scotland has joined forces again with Skills Development Scotland to help parents and carers talk about career decisions with their children. The ‘Career Conversations’ nutshell is available electronically below and  will also be sent out […]

National Improvement Framework evidence from NPFS

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Read the evidence submitted by NPFS to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee about the draft National Improvement Framework amendments to the Education (Scotland) Bill. Education Bill NIF amendments NPFS evidence Nov 15 The National Improvement Framework aims to drive forward improvement in Scottish education and close the attainment gap by focussing on the […]

Evidence on Education (Scotland) Bill

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NPFS recently submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee on the Education (Scotland) Bill. Provisions include duties to reduce inequality of educational outcome; a process for parents’ requests for Gaelic medium primary education; and extending rights under the ASL Act to children aged 12 and over with capacity. Our evidence can be found here: […]

NPFS focus group on the Scottish Government 1+2 Language Approach

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The Scottish Government want to make Scotland as successful as possible and see language capability as an important part of this success. This means that it is important that young people are attracted to learning languages, and that they become confident and competent linguists, well equipped with the skills and capacities needed in the new […]