Q & A with John Swinney

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Parents, have you ever wanted a question answered about your child’s education? We are hosting a Q & A session specifically for parents with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. The event will be 9:30am – 1pm in Perth on 5th October. Lunch will be provided and childcare will […]

Preloved School Clothes

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A new life-changing website offering every family in Stirling (with no income checks) Free and Easy Access to Preloved School Uniform is Live! 👕👖 Congratulations to Stirling Council and all those involved for this fantastic initiative. Stirling Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to host such an online shop, which offers an […]

Deferral Support Scotland

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Did you know that any child still aged 4 at the school commencement date in Scotland has a legal right to defer their P1 start until the following year? (mid-Aug to 31 Dec borns and not just Jan and Feb borns)? Parents/Carers in Scotland have a legal right to defer such children, but the funding […]

Parental Involvement in School Libraries

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Parents, we want to hear from you! Do you have any good examples involving parents in school libraries? 📖 e.g. Parent Volunteers doing paired reading with the children e.g. Parent Volunteers helping to tidy up the library or sort the returns We are looking to collect good examples of Parental Involvement. 📚 If you do, […]

SDS Parents Survey

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Parents and Carers What do you think of Skills Development Scotland’s Careers & Skills Services in schools, centres and online? Have your say now. SDS want to hear what parents and carers think of their services to support the continuous improvement of its services. Their survey will look at the ways they reach out to […]

NPFS Response to Incorporating the UNCRC into Scottish Domestic Law

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Incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scottish domestic law. The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) welcomes the opportunity to provide the Scottish Government with evidence for their consultation on incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into our domestic law in Scotland. The NPFS […]

Playday 2019

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Today is #Playday2019 The Celebration of Children’s Right to Play, highlighting the importance of play in children’s lives. #Playday is the UK’s national day for PLAY. Thousands of families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK. From small-scale community events to thousands of children taking part in events organised in […]

Results Day 2019

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Exam Results 2019 Today NPFS Chair Joanna Murphy said: “We congratulate all of our learners on their hard work over this past year, which has culminated in these well earned results. These results show how hard our young people have been working.  It also shows how well our schools prepare and support them and how […]

Good Luck for Results Day!

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Today is…. Results Day 2019! Best of Luck to all Learners (and Parents too)! Read our “Everything You Need To Know About Results Day” website post for lots of information for your child after they receive their results. It will help you make decisions about the next steps of their Learner Journey. GOOD LUCK!

Information for Results Day 2019

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Are your children waiting for their Exam Results? There are lots of ways in which you can support them. Below is some guidance from organisations to signpost you in the right direction and to help them make the next steps in their Learner Journey.   Skills Development Scotland (SDS) –> Exam Results Helpline * Over the […]

Understand Results Day with SCQF

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–Support for Learners from Parents and Carers– As a Parent/Carer the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) helps you to understand qualifications, to recognise the levels of learning and to help you support your young ones as they plan their learning journey. #MyLearnerJourney Your child may still be at school and about to make a […]

#MyLearnerJourney

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In the lead up to results day on 6th August, we’re sharing young people’s stories in Scotland through the #MyLearnerJourney Communications Campaign. #MyLearnerJourney showcases and celebrates young people’s achievements across a diverse range of awards, qualifications, learning pathways and progression routes and not just those certificated on Results Day. Success isn’t all about exams and […]

UNCRC incorporation

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In line with the Programme for Government 2018-19 commitment, the Scottish Government has launched a consultation to look at how a new Act could incorporate the United Nation Children’s Rights Convention into the law of Scotland. 👉 Click here for more details and to submit responses   The closing date is 28th August 2019. The […]

Resolve: ASL Mediation Service

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Have you heard of Resolve: ASL Mediation Service? It is the largest mediation provider in Scotland. Their latest newsletter is out now. It features an interview with Resolve mediator, Pauline Linn, and an update on their ‘Steps to Success’ guide. 👉 Click here to read their newsletter. +Their service is free for parents / carers and […]

Play Time!

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Now it’s the summer holidays and the days are longer, make sure you are spending time playing with your children. Play is one of the best things you can do for your child, whatever their age or ability and it’s FREE! Play Scotland are an organisation who deliver young people’s rights to play in Scotland. […]

Parents Survival Guide

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Parenting isn’t always easy. Although it’s often amazing and rewarding to watch your children grow, and to help them learn to be independent, it can also be really hard work. If you’re struggling to cope take a look at Young Mind’s Parents’ Survival Guide here. If you think your child is unhappy or if you […]

🎶 What’s Going On Now? (WGON) 🎶

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What’s Going On Now? (WGON) is a study of young people learning and making music across scotland: * Offering an assessment of music education and youth music-making * Proposing recommendations to tackle the inequalities in music education * Proposing ways to facilitate new experiences and opportunities * Making recommendations for the future * Updating the […]

Parents Head Back to the Classroom!

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Education Scotland’s “Empowerment for Parent and Pupil Participation.” From March to May 2019, HM Inspectors of Education visited 45 schools in 32 local authorities to see how schools were engaging parents and pupils in the life and work of the school. It provides robust evidence of parents and pupils working collaboratively with education staff across […]

National STEM Engagement Campaign Launched!

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Aye for Ideas is a call to action – explore ideas, question ideas, discuss ideas. We want to support everyone in Scotland to think differently, to discover the world around them through STEM activity and develop a nation of curious minds. #STEMStrategyScotland Aye for Ideas gives everyone a voice to put STEM at the forefront […]

“Creativity is the skill of the future”

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Creativity skills are crucial for young people to improve how they problem solve, have ideas or come up with a new approach to an old issue. Creativity is also one of the most important qualities employers look for in their future workforce. Our Creativity in a Nutshell helps parents find out about what Creativity means […]

“I’m an Engineer!”

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Education Scotland launches “I’m an Engineer!” A fun resource for families to learn about and to engage in STEM activities using the world around them. The workbook is split into sections depending on the age and stage of children. Have fun and try some of the STEM activities and challenges as a family. Examples of activities […]

Engaging parents and families Toolkit

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Education Scotland has been working with practitioners and parent organisations to refresh and strengthen the Engaging Parents and Families Toolkit. New sections have been added to provide clarity, a shared understanding, and help practitioners work and engage with parents and families. The Sections that are of particular interest have been highlighted below: – Section 2: […]

Children’s Rights

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“It’s one of your rights to know your rights!” As part of the public consultation on the Action Plan for Progressing Children’s Rights in Scotland: 2018-2021, Children’s Parliament undertook a consultation to explore children’s views on how children’s human rights are experienced here in Scotland. The Scottish Government will soon be committed to incorporating the […]

Thinking About Life After School?

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Skills Development Scotland (SDS) deliver Scotland’s Career Service. They provide both face-to-face and online support to individuals of all ages in developing their career management and employability skills. They help Scotland’s future workforce to be equipped with the knowledge and expertise to flourish in the ever-changing labour market. Young ones achieving their potential relies on […]

DFM’s Summer Maths Challenge!

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Family Learning is so important for Parental Involvement, Parental Engagement and Improving your child’s attainment outcomes. Why not encourage your children to have a go at the Summer Maths Challenge? The Scottish Women’s National Football Team are this year’s theme after they reached their first World Cup. Have a go by clicking here. Good Luck!

Learning for Sustainability

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Learning for sustainability is about the entire school community working together to build a fair and equitable society that lives within the environmental limits of our planet. A few examples of Learning for Sustainability that you may have heard your child mention are : Global citizenship Engaging with democracy Fair Trade Outdoor learning Children’s Rights […]

The Disclosure (Scotland) Bill

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The Disclosure (Scotland) Bill has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament. The Bill sets out proposals to modernise and improve the state disclosure system in Scotland. Many headteachers did not seem to have a good understanding of the system, or confidence in their decisions. As a consequence, parents often wrongly face PVG checks when volunteering […]

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.

Outdoor Play

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Outdoor Play and Learning is so important for our children. This generation of Children spend on average four hours outside a week – that is half the time of their parent’s generation. 2 in 3 Children Play Outside for less than 1.5hr/day (that’s less than 2hr guideline for prisoners in the US!) As parents, you […]

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 […]

Volunteer Week!

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NPFS would like to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to our Volunteer Reps for their fantastic hard work. Together, we are empowering parents to fulfil their potential as Partners in Education and are helping every child in Scotland to achieve their best educational outcome.

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 […]

Personal and Social Education Review

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NPFS contributed to the review of Personal and Social Education. One recommendation was to ensure Consent Education is Age and Stage Appropriate. Today the Scottish Government published a new National Resource: ‘Key Messages for Young People on Healthy Relationships and Consent’. The document is part of the Scottish Government’s work on supporting positive relationships and […]

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 […]