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 […]

STEM

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The Government recently consulted on their approach to delivering a high quality Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and training offering, across the education system. The draft STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland has two aims: 1. To improve levels of STEM enthusiasm, skills, and knowledge in order to raise attainment and aspirations in learning, […]

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 […]

General Teaching Council Scotland Consultation

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GTCS have been  consulting on proposed new Fitness to Teach Rules to replace their existing Fitness to Teach Appeals Rules which were put in place in 2012.  The Fitness to Teach Rules set out the procedure that is followed when they investigate and determine the fitness to teach of their registered teachers or applicants for registration. They follow this process […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

National Parent Forum of Scotland evidence on the Additional Support For Learning Report to the Education Committee, Scottish Parliament, 15 May 212

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On 15 May 2012, the National Parent Forum of Scotland was invited to give evidence on a Scottish Government report on Additional Support for Learning to the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee. MSPs asked about the wide variation in statistics from across Scotland (information is gathered from local authorities on different learning support needs) and the possibility of under-diagnosis […]