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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NPFS announces support for TIE campaign

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The NPFS announces support for the TIE campaign The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) is pleased to announce that we are supporting the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign, which is lobbying for new legislation to ensure schools are proactive in tackling discrimination and prejudice-based bullying. The NPFS is working with TIE, and other […]

Cost of the School Day – Focus Groups

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NPFS are currently working with Child Poverty Action Group to update their Cost of the School day parent council toolkit to encompass rural issues. We have recently held three focus groups and discussions in South Lanarkshire, Shetland and the Western Isles.  The reports can be read by clicking the links below. NPFS Focus Group Lanarkshire […]

Scotland’s Ten Year Strategy for the learning provision for children and young people with Complex Additional Support Needs

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We were pleased to submit written evidence to Scottish Government in response to this consultation. Scotland’s Strategy for the Learning Provision for Children and Young People with Complex Additional Support Needs 2017-2026 aims to support improved outcomes for children and young people with complex additional support needs through strategic commissioning of national services; with particular […]

Exam Results Helpline

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Skills Development Scotland’s Exam Results Helpline will open on Tuesday 8 August as students across the country receive their National, Higher and Advanced Higher results. This is the 25th year of the *free helpline which offers advice, information and support for young people and their parents. It will be open from 8am until 8pm on 8 and […]

Changes to National Qualifications

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We have been hearing from lots of parents who are concerned about the changes to N5s in the new session, and future changes to the other National Qualifications. We’ve helped Scottish Government to compile this guide to the changes, and they’ve added a helpful timeline. You can download it here: National Qualifications – NPFS QA […]

NPFS Governance next steps statement

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Press Statement : June 15th 2017 The National Parent Forum of Scotland believes in the continuous improvement of our education system. We welcome the overarching principles of today’s announcement, although still remain concerned that there is the potential of disruption to the learning of our children and young people. Greater cooperation and communication are key […]

Pupil Presentation to the Parent Council. An Excellent Example of Good Practice

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At NPFS we are always delighted to hear about excellent examples of good practice within Scottish Schools. Recently our East Lothian representative, Saddah Aziz shared with us details of a presentation that Elphinstone Primary School P6 and 7 pupils made to their parent council, discussing various aspects of their learning and wider achievement, and how […]

Review of the Impact of the 2006 Parental involvement Act

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The National Parent Forum of Scotland is pleased to announce that the Review of the impact of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 has now been published. The formal launch is taking place today in Drummond Community High School, Edinburgh. The event is bringing together parents and stakeholders, including Deputy First Minister John Swinney, […]

Pupil Equity Funding

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Pupil Equity Funding is allocated directly to schools, targeted at those children most affected by the poverty related attainment gap. From April this year £120m will be provided through the Attainment Scotland Fund directly to Headteachers to use for additional staffing or resources they consider will help reduce the poverty related attainment gap. The funding […]

Additional Support Needs in Scottish Schools

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Over the past few months the Education and Skills Committee has been looking a lot at school education. They have asked lots of people for their views on Additional Support Needs and, because of what they have heard, they want to do some more work on this issue. A child or young person is said to have additional […]

Changes to National 5s

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Following the Deputy First Minister’s announcement  in September regarding changes to assessment in National Courses, SQA have  now shared some more information on what the changes will be for individual subjects. The removal of units and unit assessments means that course assessments will need to be strengthened. The changes can be viewed online: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/78398.html and SQA have compiled this […]

Help with Subject Choices

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If you’re choosing subjects or know someone who is, My World of Work is there to help. The subjects young people choose at school can have an impact on what they can study at college or university and what jobs they can go for in the future. Scotland’s career information and advice web service is […]

The National Parent forum of Scotland Governance Review Response

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We have submitted our response to Scottish Government on the Governance Review of Scottish Education. Overall, parents acknowledge that there are inconsistencies across local authorities but they are clear that they do not see any value in adding another layer of bureaucracy. Parents also state that there needs to be greater clarity over the roles […]

Governance Simplified!

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Today, November 19th, we were delighted to welcome John Swinney , Deputy First Minister, back to our full forum meeting. Mr Swinney emphasised that the Governance review is not prescriptive. When our Chair, Joanna Murphy, explained the consultation is very hard for parents to engage with, Mr Swinney suggested that parents answer these points and […]

John Swinney – A Message to Parents

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We were delighted to welcome John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills to our full forum meeting on Sept 17th in Edinburgh.  Mr Swinney spoke to our volunteer representatives about his plans for Scottish Education, and this was followed by a lively discussion. Closing the session our Chair Joanna Murphy asked […]

Assessment and National Qualifications

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Our North Lanarkshire Representative Barrie Sheppard, is part of Scottish Government’s Working Group on Assessment and Qualifications.  This group  has met fully on five occasions since February with an initial focus on seeking to reduce assessment-related workload for teachers and learners in advance of session 2016-17. The first report on the work of the Assessment and […]

National Care Standards

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Our Vice Chair Cheryl Burnett is involved with the review of the National Care Standards  and we are delighted to share this easy to read pocket guide with you, explaining the new National Care Standards and the work of the review group. View the leaflet by clicking this link: NCS-pocket-guide-the-princples