For the last six months, our representatives and leadership team have been working with an independent consultant to review our mission, values, governance, and processes to ensure that the National Parent Forum of Scotland is delivering the best possible platform for parental engagement.

We have been energised by this process and were thrilled to read the consultant’s recommendations as a group at our February full forum meeting. The results of the review have been presented to our Scottish Government liaison team, and we are excited to share them with everyone today. You can download the review below. If you see something in the document that inspires you to contact us, please email office@npfs.org.uk to set up a chat with our leadership team or your local area representative.

The whole NPFS team look forward to serving parents and carers across Scotland while we work to implement the recommendations of this review in the coming months, and we will update you with our progress as we continue through our implementation process.

Today we are launching a survey to gather input from parents and carers across Scotland as a follow-up to conversations around education reform that we have been having throughout the last 12 months. This survey focuses on creating a new national body responsible for qualifications and assessment.

You can dive right in and complete our survey here. If you’re interested in participating in one of our focus groups on this topic, register your interest here. If you’re an office bearer in a parent forum, parent council, or parent teacher association interested in setting up a local focus group on this issue, please email resources@npfs.org.uk for an info pack.

For background and further information, you can read the Scottish Government’s consultation paper on establishing a new qualifications body here. You can also complete the official Scottish Government survey here.

The summary report on our findings from the June survey of parents and carers about behaviour, violence, and support in Scottish schools can be found below. We would again like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those parents and carers who took part in this survey.

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In just under two weeks, the NPFS Leadership Team will attend the Scottish Education Awards to present the Parent and Family Engagement Award. This award recognises work that gets parents involved in learning and school life and helps them support their children’s education in early learning, childcare, schooling and other settings.

The three finalists for the 2023 award are:

Read more about the awards here.