Meet the new reps

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Welcome to our new blog! In this edition, recipe Eleanor and Aileen, here the new representatives from Moray, introduce themselves and tell us why they decided to get involved in the National Parent Forum.  I’m Eleanor Symon, a mum of two children aged 7 and 5, and am the joint representative for Moray on the NPFS. I […]

Update following the NPFS Conference from Scottish Government

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Scottish Government have helpfully provided this update following the NPFS conference on  Developing the Young Workforce  What is being done to support employers’ knowledge of Curriculum for Excellence? It is vital that employers are aware of the impact Curriculum for Excellence will have on our young workforce and the increased range of skills and attributes […]

Back to school

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The summer holidays are over and the new term has started. Parents and learners can find plenty of information on our site about National 4, buy National 5 and Highers. Have a look at our Nutshells to help you decide about Higher choices following on from results day. Further information: Nationals in a Nutshell: […]

CfE Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy Statement

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The CfE Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy was established following a commitment by Education Secretary Michael Russell at the EIS’s AGM to tackle concerns over unnecessary bureaucracy associated with the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence. The Group was chaired by Dr Alasdair Allan, sales Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, and tasked with identifying […]

Curriculum for Excellence Leaflet

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Parents at National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) Focus Groups and events have been telling us that they wanted  more information that explained the stages and progression  through Curriculum for Excellence.  We are pleased that the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, ask Michael Russell, buy cialis is listening to parents and responding.  The […]

Parent Council Resource: A Guide to Gathering Views and Ensuring Parents' Voices are Heard in your School

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This new Scottish Government publication for parent councils is now available. Supported by the National Parent Forum, generic it affirms the importance of parent councils in gathering the views of parents. The Guide includes step-by-step suggestions on effective consultation.

Doran Review Report

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The Doran Review Report and the Scottish Government’s response to the review have now been published. In addition, the Scottish Government has also published the long-term plan of support for the implementation of additional support for learning, which will contribute significantly to the delivery of the recommendations. The Doran Review Report: The Scottish Government […]

Curriculum for Excellence: making good assessment decisions 3–18

Posted on Posted in Early Years, News archive, Primary, Secondary Education Scotland in partnership with SQA has published a resource to support the making of good assessment decisions. The resource consists of a ‘Wall’ poster and a ‘Desk’ poster. The posters illustrate the stages of quality assurance when making assessment decisions. Assessment 3-18 must be valid, remedy reliable, here fair and manageable for all […]

Equipping people for sustainable careers

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Skills Development Scotland are working with schools to introduce a new approach in Scotland that will transform the way that pupils plan for their futures. It will mean that pupils who need extra support to find a positive path into training, pilule education or employment can get one-to-one coaching, cialis while enabling the majority of […]

Parental Involvement Campaign Launched

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This week saw the launch of a national campaign which highlights the key role that parents can play in their children’s education. The campaign- “Be At The Heart of Your Child’s Learning” – will feature posters, leaflets and other materials, distributed in every school and centre. It centres around the “Parentzone” section of Education Scotland’s […]

Children in Scotland Autumn Events: Annual Conference and Seminar on the Children and Young People Bill

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Delivering the Best for All Scotland’s Children: seminar on the Children and Young People Bill  Date: 18th September 2012 This seminar will be a final opportunity to discuss and debate our collective response to the proposed legislation before the consultation closes on 25 September 2012. Over the coming weeks you will have had time to […]

National Parent Forum Scotland Chairman Wins Parents as Partners in Learning Award

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The 2012 Scottish Education Awards, sponsored by the Daily Record,  were held today at the Glasgow Hilton. NPFS Members Tony Rafferty, Julie Wild, Iain Ellis, William Gibson and Jason O’Flynn all participated in the final judging of five awards. The first ever award for Scottish parents who work as partners in learning was presented today […]

Fresh boost for curriculum Additional support announced for teachers to deliver new courses

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£3.5 million investment for schools announced to support teachers to deliver new qualifications. Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, stuff Michael Russell will visit St. Augustine’s RC High School with Louise Wilson, site Assistant Secretary of Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) and Tina Woolnough of the National Parent Forum Scotland (NPFS). The visit coincides […]

Additional Support Needs: Supporting children, young people and their families A Plea from Parents

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In the spirit of sincere partnership, we ask that you: Make us feel comfortable and ensure that we know the team around our child, in name and in person Look at the whole situation and the family around the child. Many different things will affect how we and our child cope with learning e.g. transport, […]

Another Parental success from Aberdeen at the Education Culture and Sport Committee.

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Article 7.7 Review Inclusion PSA Impact Survey Recommendations – note outcome of survey and further information on longitudinal impact of staffing allocations will be produced as part of ongoing review of inclusion Provides a breakdown of how PSA’s are used in Primary and Secondary schools. Information provided by head teachers. Provides a PSA expenditure comparison […]

Report to Parliament on the Additional Support for Learning Act 2004 (as amended).

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Please find below a weblink to the Report to Parliament on the Additional Support for Learning Act 2004 (as amended). NPFS have been Key Contributors to the AGASL input for this report. which was published on the Scottish Government’s website this morning. The report has also been provided to the Scottish Parliament Education Committee […]

New Films on CfE – Impact and Benefits – Focus On all Levels of Education

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Please find below links to four new short films on Curriculum for Excellence for parents, developed in co-operation with the National Parent Forum of Scotland. The films illustrate, in nursery/primary/secondary learners’, parents’ and teachers’ own words, the kind of impact and benefits that CfE is having across the country. The films contribute towards the Cabinet Secretary’s […]

Press Release from Hugh Henry MSP re Renfrewshire Council

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Press Release from Hugh Henry MSP 09/02/2012 Slap in the face for Renfrewshire Council  The Cabinet Secretary for Education has firmly slapped down Renfrewshire Council’s plans to replace qualified teachers with unqualified staff for 10% of the school week. Today in the Scottish Parliament, here Mike Russell said that he was “explicitly ruling out the […]

Consultation on Adventure Activities in Scotland

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Hello Everyone, Please forward this to your contacts in your local authority and parent councils. The dates for consultation events are listed below and it would be good to see parents and other interested parties represented. Many thanks, Jason O’Flynn Perth & Kinross NPFS Outdoor Learning Rep The Scottish Government has recently begun a consultation […]

New National Qualifications – January 2012 Update Information for parents and carers

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This is the latest update from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) on the development of the new National Qualifications that will be introduced into schools and colleges from August 2013. This bulletin covers the publication of the latest draft documents – Draft Course and Unit Support Notes for National 4 and National 5 and draft […]

ASN Technology Parent Information Day Presentation on ipads/technology

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Following on from the ASN Technology Parent Information Day, search Kate Farrell has shared the presentation she gave. The presentation deals specifically with the use of ipads to support children with ASN but also deals with technology in general. Slide to unlock: unlocking learning potential using iPads with pupils with Additional Support Needs View more […]

SQA 'Mythbuster' resource for parents/carers

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SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) is the body responsible for developing the new qualifications for Scotland. The ‘Mythbuster’ section of their website  seeks to record and address questions that are coming in from a variety of places. It can be reached through the side panel in any of their CfE pages or by clicking here.


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New Qualifications – Support for Parents and Carers Have you seen the new Parent and Carer section of our website? It has a range of resources, diagnosis including our new parent and carer leaflet, purchase to help parents and carers to understand the changes to national qualifications. Our Mythbuster videos answer some of the most […]

National ICT Summit Stirling 17th October 2011 NPFS Presentation and Post Update

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Follow link below to view post summit update Tony Rafferty presented on how to Deepen Parental Involvement in ICT for our children. Presentation On behalf of the National Parent Forum Of Scotland, these thoughts have been committed to digital words, after canvassing thoughts from other parents around Scotland, who have a desire to see a National […]

Doran Review

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Scottish Government has asked Peter Doran to chair an independent strategic review of learning provision for children and young people with complex additional support needs known in brief as “The Doran Review”.  Parents’ views are important to this review and they can keep up to date with the review and contribute their views to Peter’s […]

Commission on Rural Education

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The National Parent Forum has been invited to join the Commission on Rural Education, thumb along with other key stakeholders in education.  The Forum will be represented by Bob Cree-Hay from Shetland.  Bob will work closely with a group of other representatives from the Forum.    See the news release from Scottish Government giving full […]

School Handbook Consultation

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The NPFS worked with Scottish Government during its public consultation to help ensure that parents views were heard and taken into account in any changes to the School Handbook. Thanks to all the parents who came along to events and contributed their views. You can read more about what is happening now at

Public consultation on proposed changes to the way in which schools are inspected in Scotland

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Please see attached the link to the HMIE news release below and please distribute further as widely as possible. Bill Maxwell, buy HM Senior Chief Inspector at HMIE, here has today launched a public consultation on proposed changes to the way in which schools are inspected in Scotland. The inspectorate are keen to get the […]