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, […]

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 […]

SQA – Your Exam Results 2016

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SQA have provided the following helpful information ahead of results day: You will receive your Scottish Qualifications Certificate (SQC) by first-class mail on TUESDAY 9 AUGUST.  If you’ve signed up for My SQA Exam results will be sent out on 9 August 2016 by text message and e-mail from 8am. If you are going on to university or college, SQA will send your results to […]

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 in a Nutshell

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NPFS has developed a publication for parents which provides a helpful overview of the National Improvement Framework, patient launched by the First Minister on 6 January 2016. The Framework is intended to drive both excellence and equity in Scottish education. Priorities will evolve over time to reflect emerging trends and will be reviewed annually. NPFS […]

Digital Learning consultation

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NPFS responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on a digital learning and teaching strategy for Scotland. Key points include: equality of access for pupils who do not have ICT at home; supporting parents’ digital confidence and skills so that they can fully engage in their child’s learning; and more effective use of technology for children with additional support needs. You […]

OECD review of Scottish education

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The OECD has published the findings of its review of Scottish education, with a focus on the Broad General Education stage of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). The review found that levels of academic achievement are above international averages in science and reading and close to average in maths, and that achievement levels are spread relatively equally. However the […]

Doran Review Parent Information Map

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Parents have a look at this roadmap which provides an overview of the progress that has been made in implementing the Doran Review recommendations in relation to the introduction of strategic commissioning of national education provision for children and young people with complex additional support needs. Doran Review – Parent Information Map

Child's Plan and Named Person complaints process

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Read the NPFS response to the Scottish Government’s call for evidence on the proposed complaints process for the Child’s Plan and Named Person provisions in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. Named Person and Child’s Plan complaints – NPFS response Oct 15 In the response, we argue that parents, children and young people should be […]

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 […]

Conference 2015 – Evaluation Survey

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Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s annual conference in Glasgow on Saturday 14th November. We hope you enjoyed the day.  In order to help us evaluate the conference, we would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to provide us with your feedback by completing this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NPFS2015

Learners' views on assessment and reporting

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NPFS undertook research with 65 young people about their views on assessment and reporting. Key findings include: Pupils need greater clarity and understanding of assessment, buy cialis and how the various types of assessment link to create a full picture of a pupil’s progress; Pupils should be more involved in the reporting process; Involving pupils in […]

Have your say on the National Improvement Framework

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Parents, come along to the Scottish Government’s discussion events on the National Improvement Framework. What will the Framework mean for pupils, parents and schools? What will the new standardised assessments involve? How can parents have their say? To discuss these and other questions, register now – places are likely to fill up fast! The draft Framework can be found […]

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: […]

Attainment and the Attainment Gap

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        As part of its work on educational attainment, viagra the Education and Culture Committee has been looking at how parents and schools can work together to raise all pupils’ attainment, try particularly those who attainment is lowest. Written evidence to the Committee was submitted and our Chair, remedy Iain Ellis appeared to give evidence […]

Parents' leaflet explains new Education Bill

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The Education (Scotland) Bill has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament. It contains provisions on: closing the attainment gap; additional support for learning and children’s rights; the right to request Gaelic medium primary provision; and other topics, such as ensuring that councils have a Chief Education Officer in post. The leaflet can be accessed at: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/03/4217 […]

Tackling Bureaucracy Working Group Follow Up Report

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New recommendations on cutting classroom bureaucracy have sent to all schools in Scotland. The follow-up report by the Curriculum for Excellence Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy, here in which our Vice Chair Joanna Murphy was involved, sovaldi sale contains a series of recommendations that build upon the Group’s existing programme of work. The National Parent […]

Additional support for learning – survey for parents

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NPFS has launched a web survey for parents of children with additional support needs. We are particularly interested in hearing about changes to the provision of additional support for learning. The survey should take around 5 minutes to complete. Please circulate to anyone who you think may be interested. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2MSQ3YX

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 […]

New Highers in a Nutshell

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Here are our latest resources for parents and learners in our Curriculum for Excellence in a Nutshell series: Highers in a Nutshell. Covering all new Higher subjects, pharm these resources will help parents and learners to understand the new qualifications. Highers in a Nutshell are clear, treat concise guides which summarise the key skills learners can expect to […]