Joint Interim Progress Report

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On the day of our tenth anniversary celebration in Parliament we are delighted to announce that the  Interim Progress Report on the actions from the Review of the Parental Involvement Act has been published. This  joint report from ourselves, ADES (Association of Directors of Education in Scotland) and Scottish Government  outlines the progress that has been […]

NPFS 10th Anniversary Parliamentary Reception

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NPFS Parliamentary Reception Celebrating 10 years of representing parents, the National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) is having a reception at Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh on Wednesday 12thJune.  The event is being sponsored by Jenny Gilruth MSP and the keynote speaker is John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. The event […]

New CfE Nutshells

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Today we are delighted to launch three new nutshell leaflets helping parents understand aspects of Scottish Education. You can take a look by clicking the images below. Let us know if you’d like any hard copies for yourself or your school.

Child Safety Week 2019

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This week is Child Safety Week! #childsafetyweek aims to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. This year’s theme is #familylifetoday: where’s the risk? This theme aims to highlight the new dangers facing families today from our modern lifestyles. There are simple solutions to keep children safe. Unintentional injury is […]

Wider Achievement in a Nutshell

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You’ll probably hear teachers use the words ‘wider achievement’. This means everything that children learn from hobbies, interests, volunteering, part-time jobs and so on. The skills they gain from these are important for young people for life, and also for their future college, university and job applications. These skills are valued by employers and are […]

UNCRC Consultation Launch

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The Scottish Government have launched their Consultation on Incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into our Domestic Law in Scotland. The Scottish Government want to hear your views on whether to incorporate UNCRC principles into Scottish Law by 14th August 2019. At NPFS we are committed to helping every […]

Outdoor Classroom Day 2019

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Thursday 23rd May is #OutdoorClassroomDay Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to inspire and celebrate outdoor learning and play. Schools are encouraged to take lessons outside and prioritise playtime. In 2018 over 3.5 million children across the world got outdoors to play and learn as part of their school day. Make sure that you […]

NPFS response to STEM Inquiry

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NPFS have written their response to the recent Parliamentary Inquiry into the STEM experiences of 3 to 7 year olds in Early Learning and Childcare Settings and Schools. NPFS is a member of the STEM National Advisory Group, Making Maths Count Expert Group and the Interdisciplinary Learning National Strategic Group. We believe it is vital […]

National Digital Learning Week 2019!

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It’s National Digital Learning Week 2019! #NDLW19 Over 80,000 people already work in the Digital Technical Industry in Scotland, but this industry is constantly thriving and growing. Your son or daughter could be a part of it too! This week there are 5 curriculum focused challenges for your young ones to try: Social Studies, Expressive […]

Learning Disability Week 2019

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This week is Learning Disability week! #LDWeek2019 The theme this year is ‘Community:Active, Connected, Included’ Make sure that as parents you are involved in your School Community. Parental Engagement raises Child Attainment. During Learning Disability Week we would like to remind all schools how to support parents with learning disabilities themselves, or parents of children […]

State of Children’s Rights Report 2018

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Each year, ‘Together’ publish the State of Children’s Rights in Scotland Report. This Report monitors the implementation in Scotland of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The aim is to incorporate UNCRC principles into Domestic Law. The Article from the 2018 State of Children’s Rights Report has been published. NPFS […]

Predicted Trends in Education In Scotland

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The Scottish Government have published a review which summarises the predicted trends that will shape the lives of young people over the next decade. View it here: https://bit.ly/2FMZbFK See Section 5 for current trends in education in Scotland as well as future trends. The current trends highlight attainment changes, while the future trends highlight how digital […]

25 Calls Response

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Children in Scotland’s 25 Calls Campaign, to Change Children’s Lives for the Better, celebrates their 25th anniversary. 25 Calls is a plan of action which will contribute to children rights and ensure that children experience equality in the future. 25 Calls sets out to achieve real change. View Children in Scotlands 25 Calls website here. Call 10: […]

National Numeracy Day: 15th May 2019

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Numbers are so important in everyone’s lives. They are all around us. We use them every day: Cooking Shopping and working out whether supermarket deals are really worth it Splitting the bill after dinner Paying bills NPFS are proud to be a Champion of National Numeracy Day, the annual celebration of numbers. Numeracy skills in […]

Scotland’s Strategy for the Learning Provision for Children with Additional Support Needs

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Scotland has a ‘Ten Year Strategy for the Learning Provision for Children and Young People with Complex Additional Support Needs.’ The ten-year strategy is running from 2017 to 2026. The ten-year strategy aims to improve outcomes for children and young people with complex additional support needs, with a particular focus on education. The Scottish Government ran […]

Building with Lingo Competition

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NPFS are encouraging families to have a look at this brilliant parental engagement activity. Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT) is inviting families to share how they learn languages at home. Families are encouraged to create a short video or take photographs to show the whole family learning languages together. Winners of the competition will […]

Cyber Scotland Week 2019

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This week is #CyberScotWeek19! To coincide with this week, NPFS are delighted to be launching their ‘Cyber Security Careers’ Nutshell, created in partnership with Skills Development Scotland  Our Nutshell is a starter for you to speak to your young person about options for future work. To read it click here. • Cyber security is one […]

Call for views on STEM experiences in Early Years Education

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The Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee have launched an inquiry into the experiences of 3 to 7 year olds of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Their inquiry will explore the extent to which STEM subjects are included at schools for those aged 3-7, whether teachers have the skills to teach STEM subjects and the successes […]

Exam Tips and Timetable

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Everyone at NPFS would like to wish all children sitting their external examinations the best of luck. The SQA Exam Timetable can be found here. We would also recommend you to encourage your children to use the SQA Personal Timetable Builder to create their personalised exam timetable. Click here to check it out. Have a look at […]

Out To Play Guide Launched

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The Scottish Government’s Out To Play Guide has been launched. It includes guidance for setting up outdoor spaces for children to play. Outdoor Learning has huge benefits for children’s health and wellbeing and can be responsible for boosting academic attainment. Article 31 of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all […]

Learner Journey Parent Information Video

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This helpful new video from SCQF, made with the help of staff and students at Ayrshire College, highlights how Qualifications undertaken whilst at school have changed over the past few years, with Vocational qualifications such as National Progression Awards (NPAs) and Foundation Apprenticeships sitting on the SCQF alongside traditional Nationals and Highers. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/ucA6q5zEkdk

Interim progress on the recommendations from the Review of the Parental Involvement Act

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NPFS Chair, Joanna Murphy was pleased to meet with Mr Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills on Tuesday January 29th. During this meeting Joanna updated Mr Swinney on the progress that Scottish Government, Local Authorities and schools have made so far in progressing the recommendations from the NPFS Review of […]

EIS ballot opens

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Today our chair, Joanna Murphy made the following short statement: ”As the ballot opens, we wish our teachers well in making what may be a difficult decision. Our education system is stronger with teachers and parents working in partnership, with children at the heart. Therefore, we remain concerned over the impact of potential strike action.”

NHSScotland – A career for you in health

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NHSScotland has developed a careers guide called ‘A CAREER FOR YOU IN HEALTH’ – it’s got everything you need to know to talk about career in NHSScotland with your child.    You can download the guide at https://www.careers.nhs.scot/media/resources/A_Career_for_You_in_Health_Booklet.pdf. You could use the pack to  pick out a specific job to discuss with your child  look at the information about a specific job family […]

A note of concern: The future of instrumental music tuition in schools

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We welcome the publication of the Education and Skills Committee report on instrumental music tuition today. NPFS chair, Joanna Murphy said: ”Music is an important part of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). Of all the possible interventions to help raise academic attainment and pupil health and wellbeing, music has the largest body of evidence to […]

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 […]