The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) is continuing its 10th birthday celebrations by hosting a Q & A session in Perth today with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

Over 100 parents will be in the audience questioning Mr Swinney directly.  Those unable to attend the event were invited to submit questions via email, to ensure as many parents as possible had the opportunity to ask a question.

There will also be an extensive marketplace with resources and information from other organisations that are involved in the education and wellbeing of young people.

You can access the live streaming of the event here:


Today our Chair, Joanna Murphy, said:

“This is a fantastic chance to quiz the Cabinet Secretary on issues that matter to parents. There have been lots of changes in the education system in the last few years and parents are often unsure of what these mean for their child. We know that when parents are involved in their children’s learning, it benefits children, families and schools: children do better.  This is a valuable opportunity for parents to ask questions about issues that are important to them and directly affect their children.”


Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, said:

“Children across Scotland benefit from excellent schools, highly motivated teachers and a curriculum that delivers a wide range of opportunities for young people. My ambition is for continuous improvement in every school and listening to the experiences of parents is a vital part of this process. I am grateful to the National Parent Forum of Scotland for facilitating this Q&A and look forward to hearing directly from parents on the issues that matter to them.”





The National Parent Forum of Scotland is a national body led by and for parents. Since its inception in 2009, it has undergone rapid development and is now an influential national and independent body, working on behalf of parents across Scotland to help every pre-school and school pupil maximise their potential.

The National Parent Forum of Scotland is comprised of one volunteer parent/carer representative from each of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas. Please visit for more details.