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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
We were pleased to submit our view to the Scottish Parliament Education Committee this week, to inform their short inquiry into into school infrastructure and the safety of school buildings. You can read our response by following this link : Buildings 2
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Many thanks to the parents, pupils, teachers and education stakeholders who attended the launch of our Review into the impact of the 2006 Parental involvement Act on May 23rd. If you’d like to read our chair Joanna Murphy’s presentation, you can download it by clicking here.
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 […]
*MEDIA RELEASE* *Embargoed: 11am, 23/5/17* *Review of Parental Involvement Act published** * 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 (Tuesday 23 May) in Drummond Community High School, […]
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 Responses.xls Parent Councils: PI Survey […]
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 […]
We were recently asked by the Assessment and Qualifications Working Group at Scottish Government to gather evidence on parental perceptions of the National 4 Qualification. You can read our submission here: N4s pdf
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 […]
The full minutes from the forum’s meeting of Jan 28th 2017 can be downloaded by clicking the link below. Forum Minutes 28.1.17 v1
We were pleased to recently help SCQF to revise and improve their leaflet for parents and carers. The leaflet has been simplified to make it easier for parents and carers to better understand how the SCQF can help their children plan their learning journey. It highlights some of the wider achievement programmes that young people might undertake such […]
NPFs recently submitted evidence to the informal consultation on Religious observance in schools. You can read our responses here: RO
The Care Inspectorate recently requested evidence from NPFS in relation to the expansion of early learning and childcare to 1140 hours. You can read our response here: Care Inspectorate
The National Care Standards help everyone understand what they have a right to expect when they access health and social care services. They also help services understand and meet the quality and standards of care which they should provide. In 2014, the Scottish Government launched a consultation seeking views on the approach and scope of […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We were recently invited by the Education Committee at the Scottish Parliament to comment on the performance of the SQA and Education Scotland against the outcomes they are seeking to achieve and how outcomes are measured. Our reply can be read by clicking this link: ed-committee
We recently responded to the Standards in Schools consultation. Our response can be read by clicking here: stat-guidance
We are pleased to have contributed to the Children in Scotland Response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation paper on the Child Poverty Bill Scotland. The full response can be read by clicking here: child-poverty-bill-scotland-cis-response.
Wonderful video piece featuring the work of the Children’s Parliament in Aberdeen. Thanks to our Aberdeen representative Tony Rafferty for sharing!
The experience of having a mother, father, brother, sister, other family relative or even a friend go to prison can be incredibly traumatic for a child. Families Outside works with children and families affected by imprisonment across Scotland and have done so for the last 25 years. With their awareness of the difficulties these often marginalised […]
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 […]
The National Parent Forum are currently producing a helpful leaflet ‘Career Conversations in a nutshell’ in conjunction with Skills Development Scotland. The finished leaflet is coming soon!
We recently held a parents focus group in Dumfries and Galloway to gather opinions on the Governance Review. If you’d like to add your thoughts feel free to drop us an email on email@example.com Questions considered at the group can be found here
Scottish Book Trust is delivering the First Minister’s Reading Challenge on behalf of the Scottish Government. The Challenge is targeted at Primary 4 – 7 pupils in all primary schools in Scotland, providing resources to help children develop a love of reading and to support schools to develop reading cultures. Research tells us that reading […]
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 […]
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
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 Parentzone Website There are tips on helping your child make the move from home to their first […]
This consultation asked for views on options for the use of its share of UK Apprenticeship Levy funding being transferred to the Scottish Government. You can read our views here: Aprrenticeship leavy
The National Parent Forum of Scotland is delighted to comment on today’s exam results. Chair, Joanna Murphy said: “This is a fantastic achievement for all our learners, and we congratulate them on their hard work over this past year. These excellent results are the outcome of a great deal of hard work, which demonstrates what […]
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 […]
As exam day approaches it could be helpful for parents to understand the clearing system. It’s available July to September each year. If you already have your exam results but you have no offers, you can use Clearing from July. If you had conditional offers but your exam results didn’t go to plan, you can use Clearing […]
Young Scot have provided some very helpful advice for young people worried ahead of results day. They say: Exam results can feel like the be all and end all of your future success, but even if you don’t get all passes you still have plenty of options ahead of you to take the next step […]
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 […]
On Tuesday 9th of August, more than 142,000 pupils is Scotland will receive exam results. Skills Development Scotland will open up a free helpline from 8am to 8pm on 9 and 10 August and from 9am to 5pm until 17 August. The number to call is 0808 100 8000. Further information can be found by clicking […]
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 […]
The Supreme Court have published their ruling on the Scottish Government’s Named Person legislation. Our Chair, Joanna Murphy has issued a statement which can be read by clicking here.
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 […]
Welcome to Summer! It’s been a busy time for everyone and with the holidays around the corner (some of you lucky ones are already sunning yourselves!), the summer edition of our newsletter is out now. As ever, we hope that you will find lots of information, and as this is just the tip of the iceberg […]
The National Parent Forum of Scotland is delighted to announce that Joanna Murphy has been elected as the new Chair of the Forum. Joanna, who is the representative for Glasgow, has served as the vice chair of the Forum since 2013, and has been a active member of the Forum since its formation in 2009. […]
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Unfortunately we have not had the resources to update the revision nutshells this year so rather than publicise possibly inaccurate information we have removed them from our site. There are many useful resources from SQA and BBC Bitesize listed on the Parentzone Scotland page https://education.gov.scot/parentzone/learning-at-home/Supporting%20study Happy to provide copies of the old versions if you email […]
The exam season is nearly upon us, with the first exams taking place on Wednesday 4th May. If your child is looking for help with their revision, then why not point them in the direction of NPFS’ “in a Nutshell” revision guides. The guides are available in a range of National 5 and Higher subjects, and have […]
The minutes of the forum meeting held on 23rd January 2016 can be found here
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 […]
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 […]
The winter edition of our newsletter is out now, featuring lots of information for parents. A pdf version is below, but to get the e-newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, sign up or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Winter 2016 Newsletter
To read the full forum meeting minutes from sept 17th 2016 please click on the image below.
To read the forum meeting minutes from jan 23rd 2016 please click the link below.
This NPFS focus group with Primary school parents, covered all aspects of their child’s education to inform the Review of the Parental Involvement Act and the Governance Review consultation. The full report can bet read here : npfs-primary-focus-groups-key-messages-17-nov-2016-final.
Please find the minutes from our meeting, June 4th 2016 by clicking the link below: 2016-06-abbreviated-minutes-final
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
We are delighted to share with you some of the seminar presentations from our Annual Conference 2015. SQA SQA Workshop: Attainment and Achieving from Nationalparentforumscot Skills Development Scotland Skills Development Scotland: Developing the Young Workforce from Nationalparentforumscot Enquire Enquire: Raising Attainment for All Children from Nationalparentforumscot CALL Scotland CALL Scotland: Attainment for All from Nationalparentforumscot […]
Joanna is the chair of the National Parent Forum of Scotland. She is passionate about parental involvement in education and is keen to represent the voice of parents at a national level while helping everyday engagement in schools flourish. In her previous role as vice chair she had responsibility for the NPFS DYW […]
Parent Council Chairs, pills have a look at this information and Powerpoint presentation from Scottish Government about the National Improvement Framework. The information aims to support Parent Council discussions about the proposals in the draft Framework. Further information for parents will be available in early 2016. NIF info for Parent Councils
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 […]
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 […]
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
Watch the NPFS Annual Conference 2015 keynote speech by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance MSP, and the panel session and audience Q&A featuring Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Dr John Allan, SQA and Iain Ellis, NPFS.
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 […]
Minutes of the quarterly meeting held on 5th September 2015 Minutes Forum Meeting 050915
Our new publication provides an introduction to career education and is written for parents, decease by parents. It provides a summary of important information about the exciting new programme of career education, sovaldi and the opportunities that your child will have from the ages of 3 to 18. Career Education – A World of Possibilities
The autumn edition of our newsletter is out now, order featuring lots of information for parents on the latest education developments, treat as well as links to new publications and details of upcoming events. A pdf version is below, online but to get the e-newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, sign up or contact us at email@example.com […]
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 […]
Parents and young people – do you want to know more about funding for university or college? Have a look at this new guide, which is full of practical information aimed at improving young people’s knowledge and understanding of student finance in Scotland. It also encourages young people to consider some of the broader financial issues […]
Parents – What does attainment mean to you? Would you like the opportunity to hear from, and put questions to, leading figures in the world of education about attainment and how you can help your child achieve their full potential? If so, come along to the National Parent Forum of Scotland’s annual conference which is being […]
Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning to raise concerns about the education of children who require additional support for learning (ASL) and how the ASL Act is working in practice. The letter outlines the concerns raised with the Commissioner by parents and organisations […]
The National Parent Forum of Scotland welcomes today’s exam results. Vice Chair Joanna Murphy said: “The National Parent Forum of Scotland wishes to congratulate everyone on achieving these excellent results, which are the outcome of all the hard work put in by pupils, parents and teachers over the past year. “Today’s results demonstrate what can […]
CALL Scotland’s Vision is that… Every child / young person in Scotland with a disability or additional support needs has the curriculum materials, the Assistive Technologies (AT) and/or Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) tools they may need – and the support to use them effectively – in order to participate effectively and fulfill their potential […]
Here is a link to the new SCQF leaflet for parents/carers which NPFS were delighted to have been involved in the production of; Parent leaflet – WEB FINAL – July 2015
CALL Scotland’s Vision is that… Every child / young person in Scotland with a disability or additional support needs has the curriculum materials, cialis sale the Assistive Technologies (AT) and/or Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) tools they may need – and the support to use them effectively – in order to participate effectively and fulfill […]
By clicking the following link, prescription you can read the minutes of the Forum meeting held on 28th February 2015. Minutes Feb 28th
Minutes from the AGM held on 6th June 2015. AGM minutes June 15
By clicking below you can read where we provided an authentic parental perspective at a National level in may and June – all of these meetings were attended by our volunteer parent representatives. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about any of these meetings, cialis or indeed any other information about NPFS.
In April 2015 NPFS held a focus group to discuss whether CfE is achieving its ambitions. The results of this were fed into the CfE management board report as well as to the OECD. The report can be read by clicking the image above.
On May 26th NPFS held a focus group to explore parents’ experiences of the new National 4 and 5 exams and new Highers qualifications, in the second year of Nationals and the first year of new Highers. The report can be read by clicking the image above. The report will inform our work and meetings […]
NPFS had prepared a summary of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) (Scotland) Act 2006, stuff explaining what Parent Councils do and how parents can get involved. Parental Involvement Act – A Summary for Parents
NPFS responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft statutory guidance for the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. Our response can be viewed here: CYP Act Guidance response
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: […]
Many parents and pupils have expressed concern about the level of difficulty in this year’s new Higher Maths exam. SQA have commented that “no learner will be disadvantaged should it be deemed that the current and/or new Higher maths question papers were more demanding than intended” and have issued a statement which seeks to reassure candidates. […]
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Are you the parent or carer of a child in S4, S5 or S6? If so, we’d like to invite you to attend a focus group taking place in Glasgow on 26th May. The purpose is to hear about the experiences of you and of your child this school session 2014/15. We are very interested in […]
The NPFS Spring newsletter can be found by clicking the link below. If you aren’t already on our mailing list and would like to subscribe , please sign up on our home page, or email us on email@example.com Newsletter
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Following our focus group in conjunction with the Commission for Childcare Reform, viagra in January we gathered further views through a web survey. The combined report can be read by clicking below.
In February and March of this year we conducted an online survey of parents of children with Additional Support Needs. The report of the survey responses can be found by clicking below.
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NPFS submitted evidence on Parental Involvement and the Attainment Gap to the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee. Read what we had to say about parents’ experiences by clicking below:
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