New Parent Club Campaign

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Scottish Government launches new campaign to help parents with ‘small wins’ to make their day easier Parent Club aims to support and help parents of primary school aged children with ‘small wins’ to make their day easier. The campaign recognises that parenting can sometimes be tough and that parents experience many challenges and pressures throughout […]

Deputy First Minister’s Christmas Holiday Maths Challenge

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The Deputy First Minister’s Christmas Holiday Maths Challenge is on its way! You can access the challenge by clicking here. All primary schools in Scotland will receive copies of the Challenge – designed in partnership with the Scottish Mathematical Council – to be handed out to primary 6 pupils for the Christmas Holidays. It’s very […]

Teacher Numbers Are Highest Since 2010

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The Scottish Government has reported that we currently have 51,959 full-time equivalent teachers in Scotland, the highest number since 2010. This is particularly true of primary teachers- seeing the highest numbers seen since 1980, with statistics showing that achievement in primary schools is increasing. These figures are definitely encouraging. However, other publications have reported that […]

John Byrne National Drawing Competition

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The 5th annual John Byrne National Drawing Competition is now open and pupils from Primary 4 through to S3 across Scotland are invited to enter. In partnership with Education Scotland, the competition aims to encourage young people to use their creativity and imagination through drawing. Since its launch in 2014, over 12,000 pieces of artwork […]

NHS Scotland Careers Survey

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NHS Scotland Careers is running a short survey to gather feedback from their audience groups, which includes young people, job searchers, career changers, parents and carers, teachers, and careers advisers. They want to find out about the awareness and perception of the brand as whole, and their website as a source of information for advice […]

Barriers to Parental Engagement Practice Exemplar

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As we know, parents play a crucial role in supporting their children’s learning, and levels of parental engagement are consistently associated with children’s academic outcomes. Through monitoring and tracking, New Cumnock Primary School in East Ayrshire identified that the lack of parental engagement with the school was directly resulting in inequitable results for their pupils. With the […]

Cyber Discovery Programme Registration Open

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The UK is one of the world’s leading digital nations, and as such, our ability to secure our technology, data and networks from the increasingly frequent and sophisticated threat of cyber attack is a priority. The Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 to 2021 in the UK wide action plan to make us secure and resilient […]

Parliament Inquiry: Mental Health Resources for Young People

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The Scottish Parliament Public Petitions Committee have launched an inquiry into the accessibility of mental health resources for young people, and they are looking for input from parents, carers, professionals and young people themselves. The Committee is looking into how young people get the help they need if they’re feeling low or anxious and want to hear […]

National Conference on Transitions for Parents & Carers of Disabled Young People Turning 16

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Talking About Tomorrow. Scotland’s first national conference on transitions for parents and carers of young disabled adults will take place in Glasgow in March 2019. For more information, click this link- Talking About Tomorrow   Tailored to parents and carers of young people with disabilities and learning difficulties, it brings together a wealth of information, […]

Change the Tune- Invest in Instrumental Music

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We are proud to support EIS, Scotland’s largest and most effective education trade union, in their call for local & national government to Change the Tune and invest in instrumental music. The Charter for Instrumental Music publication, originally launched back in 2011, campaigns to give every child the right to learn to play a musical instrument […]

Competition: Global Voices

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As part of the Year of Young People 2018, the Scottish Government want to hear from young people aged 8-26 on the global issues that matter to them. For the chance to win a cash prize and present their idea to Scottish Ministers, please click here. Entries close 9th December 2018.

Foundation Apprenticeships

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Foundation Apprenticeships offer young people valuable work-based learning opportunities to develop their skills and employer connections in order to build their future career pathways. Learners will now have the option to select a Foundation Apprenticeships as one of their senior phase subject choices. Take a look at this short video discussing the benefits of Foundation […]

respectme Survey

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respectme, Scotland’s anti-bullying service, is currently carrying out a consultation project to find out what matters most to their audiences in relation to anti-bullying. Their hope is that this will allow them to continue to build on their successes, but also to focus their resources, reach new audiences and meet the needs of young people with […]

Languages in a Nutshell

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We are delighted to be attending a  launch event for Languages in a Nutshell today,  in collaboration with SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages. Pupils, parents and teachers will enjoy a celebration of languages in Irvine this afternoon, including yoga in French, Spanish storytelling and a theatre production. We are delighted to have received the […]

Teaching in a Diverse Scotland- Report Published

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A lack of diversity in the teaching workforce is a long-term issue not just in Scotland but in many other countries around the world. As the pupil population of our schools continues to become more and more diverse, this lack of diversity in staff is becoming even more of an issue. Scotland’s Race Equality Action […]

BBC Own It Anti-Bullying Campaign

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Own It, the BBC’s flagship service, supports young people’s digital lives and wellbeing. To coordinate with Anti-Bullying Week (12th-16th November), they have launched a new campaign tackling online abuse. The BBC is committed to facing up to this critical issue and hopes, through this campaign, to reach as many young people and parents as possible so they […]

Empowering Your Child to Deal With School Anxiety

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School anxiety can be all-consuming for the child, and heartbreaking for parents. It can interfere with all aspects of the child’s life and present in a whole host of ways. And its much more common than you might think. This fantastic article was posted on Hey Sigmund website, and offers not only an insight into […]

Scottish Government Announcement on N4 qualifications

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The National Parent Forum of Scotland welcome the announcement from Scottish Government regarding the National 4 Qualification. National 4 is a valuable and credible pathway through the senior phase and we agree that changes to the qualification would be disruptive and unnecessary. The commitment from Scottish Government to work with ourselves to improve the parental […]

The Cost of School- New Resources

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It’s unfair that more and more children are living under the grip of poverty in Scotland, with predictions that child poverty is set to rise to 1 in 3 children by 2021. No single sector or profession can eradicate child poverty alone- collaborative efforts across health, education, third sector and other community partners are key […]

‘Family Walk to School’ Kit

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Living Streets, the national charity for every day walking, run a national walk to school programme to encourage children and their families to make their journey an active one. They currently work with over 250 primary schools across Scotland through their Walk to School programme, engaging with families and parents through this. Living Streets have […]

Supporting children and young people with healthcare needs in school

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Enquire, the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning, have created a new factsheet for families of children with healthcare needs. Written in partnership with Children’s Health Scotland, it provides advice about how schools, local authorities and NHS Boards should meet children’s healthcare needs. You can view this factsheet by clicking here.

East Lothian- Common School Day Feasibility Study & Consultation

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East Lothian Council is committed to reducing the poverty related attainment gap, raising the attainment and achievement of our children and young people and improve inclusion, wellbeing and equality. In order to support the delivery of this commitment, the councils Education Service is undertaking a feasibility study and consultation to gather views on the following […]

Is Scotland Fairer? 2018 Report Published

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission published the Is Scotland Fairer? 2018 report today. The report looks at progress towards greater fairness and equality in Scotland, showing that there has been some progress in making Scotland fairer over the past three years. However, the report suggests that serious challenges still remain. The evidence presented in […]

#ChooseRespect Anti-Bullying Campaign Launch

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respectme, Scotlands Anti-Bullying Service, launch this years anti-bullying campaign- #ChooseRespect. The campaign has been designed to run throughout Anti-Bullying Week (12th-16th November) and beyond, reinforcing respect, positive relationships and empathy all year round. The campaign aims to support professionals working with young people to help create more respectful cultures in their settings. This year, they […]

Stories, Songs and Rhymes in Gaelic

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As many of you will know, the Scottish Government are keen to ensure that the Gaelic language has a sustainable future here is Scotland, introducing many initiatives to preserve our heritage through their Gaelic Language Plan. Scottish Book Trust are supporting the government’s ambition through their Gaelic Bookbug Programme. Firstly, there are now Gaelic Bookbug […]

NUS Scotland get behind TIE Campaign

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There was good news this week for Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaigners as The National Union of Students Scotland (NUS) join forces with ourselves here at NPFS, Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland amongst others in backing the campaign for LGBT-inclusive education in schools- specifically getting behind calls for […]

NHS Scotland launch resource to tackle child poverty

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NHS Health Scotland proudly launch their new resources to help Local Authorities, regional NHS Boards and other community planning partners develop their joint local child poverty action plans. Poverty is one of the main causes of poor health and health inequalities. It’s unfairly damaging the health of those living under its grip and restricting many […]

Children in Scotland Launch 25 Calls Campaign

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To celebrate their 25th year, Children in Scotland are today launching their exciting new campaign, 25 Calls. 25 Calls is a plan of action which will contribute to children rights and ensure that they experience equality in the future. 25 Calls is about sharing Scotland’s hopes and ambitions for future generations and achieving real change. […]

‘My Kids Career’ Website Launched

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Research shows that the most influential figures in children’s career choices are parents and carers, and to achieve the best outcomes, it’s important to start conversations early. As a parent or carer, you play an important part in helping them to get onto the path to finding a job that offers them the future they […]

#GoSafeWithZiggy

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A new educational resource was recently launched by the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland. Ziggy’s Sports Day is a book which addresses the importance of parental behaviour in the car, and the impact it can have on children. The book will be distributed to all P1 classrooms throughout Scotland and pupils will be encouraged […]

Not Included, Not Engaged, Not Involved- A report on the experiences of autistic children missing school

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‘Not Included, Not Engaged, Not Involved: A report on the experiences of autistic children missing school’ was launched by Children in Scotland, in partnership with the National Autistic Society Scotland and Scottish Autism. The launch included a well-attended event featuring some moving personal accounts from parents of young people with autism who had been informally […]

National Museums Scotland- Welcoming ASN Visitors

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National Museums Scotland is committed to encouraging all children to visit and enjoy their museums. They have a range of initiatives to support and welcome children with additional support needs to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, from providing colourful sensory backpacks to borrow for free while you visit through to holding After Hours […]

Reach- Support for Young People

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Reach is a fantastic website full of advice, support and tips, presented in a very relatable, age appropriate way. Hear from young people talking about support that helps, watch their innovative animated videos and read advice written by young people, for young people. Reach can also help children to understand their rights at school, helping […]

Sleep Support Helpline

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Whether you have a toddler or a teen, Sleep Scotland’s free telephone Support Line is available to provide advice and support to parents and carers across Scotland struggling with their children sleep problems. Their Helpline number is 0800 138 6565. Lines are open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday, or you can contact them via […]

Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools

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The Scottish Library & Information Council, working in partnership with the Scottish Government and COSLA, have launched their brand new national strategy- Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools. The vision at the heart of this strategy- that every school in Scotland will have a vibrant library service playing a central role in helping children and young people […]

“Curriculum for Excellence is a disaster? It’s news to me and my staff”

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With so much negativity in Scottish education at the moment, often directly blaming the Curriculum for Excellence, it’s no wonder that there are morale issues amongst teachers in our schools. This insightful article written by Headteacher, Gerry Lyons, which sheds a positive light on our education system, was published on the TES website. “I’m fed […]

Playing in Scotland – it’s only Natural!

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Play Scotland welcomes Richard Louv, Author to Scotland Richard Louv is a journalist and author of nine books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder; The Nature Principle; and Vitamin N. Translated and published in 24 countries, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children, their families […]

Consultation Response- Supporting Disabled Children, Young People and their Families

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The Scottish Government are in the process of designing a public resource- ‘Supporting Disabled Children, Young People and their Families’. As part of this process, they held a 12 week consultation to gather input and feedback from disabled children, young people, their families, practitioners and third sector partners to enable the government to provide a […]

Home-Start Scotland

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Home-Start in Scotland is on a mission to engage a more diverse group of volunteers. Support from the Children and Young People’s Fund to increase male volunteering has fuelled growing ambitions. Since Volunteers Week 2018 Home-Start UK has been highlighting the benefits of volunteering and of increasing volunteer diversity in family support work.   Two […]

Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland

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Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland (PINS) is funded by the Scottish Government Learning Directorate. They have been running for 14 years and have around 1400 members, largely made up of professionals who work with the most vulnerable and marginalised learners when it comes to formal or informal learning or support for schooling. Many of their members are […]

Upstart Scotland

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Upstart Scotland is a campaign for a play-based kindergarten stage in Scotland for children aged 3-7, supported by thousands of professionals in health, social work, children’s rights, early years, the arts and education. It was started in 2016 because of the enormous change in children’s habits of play over the recent decades, which are clearly linked to […]

The Cost of School Resource Launch

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NHS Health Scotland and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland have jointly launched a suite of resources to raise awareness, prompt discussion and take action to combat child poverty in schools. The first resource from NHS Health Scotland is a short film on the ‘Cost of School’.  The film shows a range of people, […]

Scottish Government- Mental Health Counsellors in all Secondary Schools.

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Scottish Government ‘Delivering for Today, Investing for Tomorrow’.  First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon,  outlines “a clear vision of the kind of country we want to be” as she delivered her Programme for Government during a speech to the Scottish Parliament today. It includes details of a £250 million health investment package, with £30m of this fund dedicated […]

Latest Comment on Scottish National Standardised Assessment’s- 24th August 2018

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NPFS Chair, Joanna Murphy, said- “In the same week that Mr Swinney, DFM, launched “Learning Together- Scotland’s Action Plan for Parents” stating on P3 that “ The guiding vision is that every parent and family should be supported to be involved and engaged in their child’s education throughout their learning journey” it is disappointing that […]

Press Article- ‘Information vacuum’ blamed for parent anxiety over P1 tests

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NPFS Chair, Joanna Murphy, has written to the Herald in relation to the recent coverage of the P1 Standardised Testing. The letter explains our view- that parents need the right information to help them understand the Curriculum for Excellence as a whole, and how the assessments fit into this framework. You can access the letter here- […]

More Support For Parents

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New engagement plan to improve links between home and school.   The first ever national action plan to encourage and support parents to be fully involved in their child’s education has been launched by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.   The strategy has over 50 recommendations and is supported by £350,000 from the Scottish Government […]

Scottish Government Commitment to Providing Access to Free Sanitary Products in all Scottish Schools, Colleges and Universities

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Evidence suggests that more than a quarter of students have struggled to access sanitary products at some point in the previous 12 months because, among other reasons, they couldn’t afford them. It has also been the case that some students have had to miss school or skip classes because they didn’t have access to products […]

Developing a positive whole-school ethos and culture – Relationships, Learning and Behaviour

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Children’s wellbeing is at the heart of Getting it Right for Every Child. This means focusing on the wellbeing of every child to ensure they are safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included (the wellbeing indicators). This document outlines new policy guidance in response to the Behaviour in Scottish Schools Research conducted in […]

What support works? Inquiry into attainment and achievement of school children experiencing poverty

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Earlier this year, The Education and Skills Committee carried out an inquiry into the impact of poverty on attainment and achievement of school-aged children and young people. Poverty is an increasing problem for families, with more that 1 in every 4 children in Scotland recognised as living in poverty. The Committee was interested in finding […]

Involving children, young people, parents and carers in planning to meet children’s wellbeing needs

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Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, and the Getting to Know Getting it Right for Every Child Team announce the launch of their new resource, ‘Involving children, young people, parents and carers in planning to meet children’s wellbeing needs’. This is a great resource, with really useful, easy to edit, step-by-step templates for teachers to […]

Supporting Children and Young People with Learning Difficulties- Essential Rights Guide

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The Salvesen Mindroom Centre, a charity supporting the families of children and young people with learning difficulties, have recently updated their Essential Rights Guide for parents and carers of children and young people with learning difficulties. The aim of the guide is to provide parents and carers with a comprehensive and accessible resource that informs them of […]

Playday 2018

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UK CHILDREN’S COMMISSIONERS STAND TOGETHER FOR THE CHILD’S RIGHT TO PLAY The UK’s annual celebration of play – Playday 2018 – takes place on Wednesday August 1.   This year, in an unprecedented step, all four children’s commissioners from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales stand together to support the importance of children’s play as […]

Exam Results Help 2018

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Exam results day is coming. Getting your results can be a stressful time, and some people struggle to decide what to do next. Whether things don’t go according to plan or better than expected, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) have a variety of options to support learners from 7 August onwards. Support is available over the phone, online and in […]

Early Learning and Childcare Service Model for 2020: Consultation Paper

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The National Parent Forum of Scotland Chairperson, Joanna Murphy, responded to the Scottish Government Consultation Paper- Early Learning and Childcare Service Model for 2020. The responses to the relevant questions can be accessed here- ELC 2020 Service Model Responses     The original consultation can be accessed here- https://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/03/1918/0      

Announcement by Scottish Government June 26th 2018

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Following the announcement on education reforms in parliament today,  NPFS Chair, Joanna Murphy said: ”I was pleased to speak to Mr Swinney directly today regarding his parliamentary statement.  I have received his personal reassurance that parental engagement remains a priority for Scottish Government. While we are disappointed that the Parental Involvement legislation will not be […]

Education and Skills Committee inquiry

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Do some schools present university as the main path to take when college, training and work are equally valuable routes? This is just one question the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee will explore in a new inquiry that will also look at whether information about other pathways, such as work and training, is offered […]

Clicked – social media and your school community

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We are delighted to launch  these new resources for parent councils and their schools today. A huge thanks to all who were involved in their creation – the Argyll and Bute Headteachers group, the Scottish Parental Involvement Officers Network,  the Scottish Learning Group and all of the individual parents and parent councils who provided feedback. […]

Learning Disability Week

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2018 marks the ‘Year of Young People’ in Scotland, and the theme for Learning Disability Week reflects that. ‘My Generation’ will focus the country’s attention on the experiences of young people with learning disabilities in Scotland. The more parents engage in their child’s learning, the more likely it is that they will help raise their […]

National Numeracy Day 2018

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National Numeracy Day Numbers are all around us – at home and in daily life. But people can often feel overwhelmed by bills, confused by bank charges and wonder if supermarket deals are really worth it. The UK’s first ever National Numeracy Day is on Wednesday 16 May 2018. Taking part can help bring you […]

Annual Conference 2018

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Working together for our children Reviewing parental involvement: one year on National Parent Forum of Scotland annual conference  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 […]

Annual Conference 2018

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The National Parent Forum of Scotland Conference: Working together for our children The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) is having its 2018 conference on Saturday 10th March at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.  One year on since publishing its Review of the Impact of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006, the conference is bringing […]

Parents 4 all

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Colleagues in BEMIS have let us know about a new project that they are involved in. Parents 4 all aims to: empower parents of the host societies and of migrant origin in dealing with ethnic and cultural diversity at schools Create tailor-made training material for parents, helping them to develop intercultural skills and actively support […]

Education Bill – Simplified

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EMPOWERING SCHOOLS: A CONSULTATION ON THE AIMS OF THE NEW EDUCATION BILL The new Education Bill will go to Parliament by June 2018. The Scottish Government is currently consulting on what should be in the Bill. Following is a summary and the points that we would really like to hear from you on. Please email […]

National Improvement Framework in a Nutshell

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NPFS has developed this updated publication for parents which provides a helpful overview of the National Improvement Framework. The National Improvement Framework (NIF) sets out what needs to be done to improve Scottish education so that every child can achieve their full potential. It uses accurate information, gathered from schools, local authorities and national organisations, to […]

The Scottish Education Awards 2018

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The Scottish Education Awards celebrate the hard work and success which takes place in Scottish education. We are delighted to be sponsoring the 2018 Parents as Partners in Learning Award. Parents are valuable assets to any school community, from early years through to primary and secondary schools. The Scottish Education Awards recognise that partnerships with parents […]