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

Understanding the SCQF

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Is your teenager awaiting Exam results? Understanding the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework will help you make sense of their exam certificate and advise on future learning and career choices.  With your teenager’s SQA certificate they will get a profile sheet which includes their SCQF Profile. The SCQF is a way of comparing Scottish qualifications. It covers […]

New Education Delivery Plan published

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The Scottish Government has announced a new Delivery Plan for Education which aims to improve school performance and close the attainment gap. The Plan will: Focus on closing the attainment gap by extending the reach, scope and investment of the Scottish Attainment Challenge over the next five years. Launch a governance and funding review to examine […]

GIRFEC information for parents

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The Scottish Government is rolling out the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) aspects of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. What does this mean for families? The Act aims to improve the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland. It is wide ranging and includes key elements of the GIRFEC approach such as the Child’s Plan and […]

Career Conversations in a nutshell

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We know that talking to your child about their future career can be tricky. That’s why The National Parent Forum of Scotland has joined forces again with Skills Development Scotland to help parents and carers talk about career decisions with their children. The ‘Career Conversations’ nutshell is available electronically below and  will also be sent out […]

National Improvement Framework evidence from NPFS

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Read the evidence submitted by NPFS to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee about the draft National Improvement Framework amendments to the Education (Scotland) Bill. Education Bill NIF amendments NPFS evidence Nov 15 The National Improvement Framework aims to drive forward improvement in Scottish education and close the attainment gap by focussing on the […]

Evidence on Education (Scotland) Bill

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NPFS recently submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee on the Education (Scotland) Bill. Provisions include duties to reduce inequality of educational outcome; a process for parents’ requests for Gaelic medium primary education; and extending rights under the ASL Act to children aged 12 and over with capacity. Our evidence can be found here: […]

NPFS focus group on the Scottish Government 1+2 Language Approach

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The Scottish Government want to make Scotland as successful as possible and see language capability as an important part of this success. This means that it is important that young people are attracted to learning languages, and that they become confident and competent linguists, well equipped with the skills and capacities needed in the new […]