Annual Conference 2018

Working together for our children

Reviewing parental involvement: one year on

National Parent Forum of Scotland annual conference

March 10th 2018- Edinburgh – 10am-3.30pm 

When parents are involved in their children’s learning, it benefits children, families and schools: children do better. This was the main finding of the NPFS 2016 review  of the 2006 Parental Involvement Act.

One year on since publishing our review, our annual conference will be a day of parental involvement in action. It will give parents, parent council members, teachers, local authority education staff, policymakers and others the chance to meet, share ideas with and learn from each other.

Whether you’re a parent, teacher or policymaker, this conference will inspire and motivate you. There will be opportunities to discuss what works, what doesn’t work and what might work in the future. You’ll be able to have your say on how far we’ve come, and what we need to do together to improve parents’ involvement in their children’s learning.

Through a combination of workshops, presentations, information drop-ins, and starting with a keynote from John Swinney, Deputy First Minister of Scotland, we’ll look at parental involvement from all angles.

Our conference remains Free of Charge for all delegates . Childcare also available if booked by Friday 16th of Feb.


Email now to book your place!


09:30 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Bruce Robertson, Education Policy Advisor and former Director of Education

10:05 Performance by children from Castleview Primary School

10:15 Introductions followed by a  conversation with:

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

Lindsey Watt, Winner of the 2017 Robert Owen Award.

Marinieves Alba, Community School Director, Children’s Aid, New York City.

11:45 Refreshments

12:00 Workshops around the themes of the Parental Involvement Act

Learning at Home                                  Save the Children

Home / School Partnerships               Children’s Aid, NYC

Skills Development Scotland

Parental Representation                     Respect me

Fathers Network Scotland

13:00 Lunch

With Drop in Sessions from Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and SQA

14:00 Workshops around the themes of the Parental Involvement Act

Learning at Home                                   Wee Famille

Home / School Partnerships                 Parent Network Scotland

Children’s Aid, NYC

Parental Representation                        Enquire

15:10 Closing Session

15:30 Conference Close

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