NPFS Parental View of the Continuing Use of Masks in Schools – 21/01/2022 Following the NPFS Chair’s contribution to the Education, Children and Young People’s Committee on Wednesday 19th January 2022, NPFS are providing a further comment: NPFS does not have a fixed policy position on the continued use of masks in schools. We ask […]
With other stakeholders, we have developed an information resource on LGBT inclusive education for parents and carers to help them to support their children and ensure they have a positive educational experience, using an approach underpinned by children’s rights, kindness and respect.
The National Parent Forum of Scotland have worked with the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) to answer questions, from parents, around the 2021 National 5, Highers and Advanced Highers Qualification delivery. We have put together answers to some frequently asked questions on the this year’s “alternative certification model” for awarding qualifications. Please feel free to share […]
Our latest newsletter is out, take a look for:Refreshed learning at home nutshellPublic Health Scotland webinar seriesAnd more…You can find the newsletter online here.and to get it straight to your inbox, subscribe here.
Supporting our children’s learning at home is a struggle for many families. We have updated our learning at home Nutshell to include up to date resources and support for families.
The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) understands the difficult decisions being taken regarding the exam diet planned for 2021. As an organisation we have contributed to the Priestly review as well as being consultees in the process to find the best way forward for our children and young people. As the body representing Parents […]
As with all organisations there comes a time for knowledgable, dedicated people to leave for pastures new. Four volunteers stepped down at our AGM in September, having worked on an impressive range of projects and fed into all of our work to see improvements in education for all families. They have also been relentless in […]
The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) is delighted to announce that Margaret Wilson has been appointed as the new Chair of the Forum at the annual general meeting (AGM) on Saturday 19th September 2020. Margaret has been the NPFS representative for the Falkirk Council area for the last 10 years, and has served as a Vice-Chair of […]
The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) hosted another live Q&A webinar with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, yesterday (Thursday, 10th September). This event was scheduled due to the overwhelming response to the Q&A in June. Parents and carers were again invited to post questions to the […]
The National Parent Forum of Scotland is delighted to announce, after the popularity of the event in June, that we are hosting another live Q&A with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. The event will take place on Thursday 10th September 2020, 7pm – 8.30pm, and it is an opportunity […]
The NPFS is pleased that overall pass rates have increased from last year but recognise that young people and their parents may have questions about the results, especially as a number of the marks have been adjusted by the SQA. Your school is the main contact for help or advice, and the SQA and Skills […]
Sometimes what our children are learning seems different to when we were in school. Parents – you’re not expected to be teachers – but it can be helpful to have some methods and techniques to solve maths problem. We’ve worked with ‘Count On Us’, with support from Education Scotland and the Making Maths Count Group, […]
Join us online between the 5th-12th August for a series of online webinars in a range of topics including Creativity, Literacy, and STEM, for parents and children – helping you to support their learning and the transition back to full-time school. Designed for Parents to help you to support your child’s learning, we invite you […]
Thursday, 30th July 2020 Guidelines published for a full-time return to school Scottish Government confirmed today that all children and young people will be returning to school full-time from 11th August. The decision, as stated in the announcement, was based on scientific advice. The number of coronavirus cases is very low so, at […]
Parents and carers will have many questions about the coming school term. This guide will answer as many of these questions as possible and give parents and carers a better idea of how the new school term will look and feel for children and for parents and families. Please note: This guidance has been updated […]
Our latest newsletter is out! Take a look for: Additional Support for Learning Review: A look at the Recommendations for Relationships with Parent and Carers NPFS Parent Survey on your views of learning at home in lockdown and looking ahead to the new school year Research findings from TIE report Online in Lockdown And more… […]
Parents, we want to hear from you! We are running a survey to gather your views. We want to hear about your experiences of supporting learning at home before the summer, what has worked well and what has not worked so well, and your thoughts and views on the return to school in August. We are aware […]
In June 2020 Angela Morgan’s Review into Additional Support for Learning ASL) was published. The NPFS is pleased to have had the opportunity to gather and share parents’ views with Angela Morgan, and welcome the recommendations made in the review. You can find out more about the research we undertook ahead of the review, and […]
The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) hosted a live Q&A webinar with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, on Tuesday, 16th June. The event focused on the impact of COVID-19 and the issues related to the ‘blended’ learning approach for schools re-opening on the 11th August. Parents and carers registering […]
Our latest newsletter is out! Take a look for: Information about Angela Morgan’s Additional Support for Learning Review and our report on ASL Parent Focus Groups New STEM Nutshell Launched Learning Together Maths Sessions on Youtube And more… You can find the newsletter online here, and to get it straight to your inbox, subscribe here.
Angela Morgan’s Additional Support for Learning (ASL) Review has been published. The NPFS are pleased to have been involved in the review to ensure that parent’s voices were heard and represented within the review and the recommendations made. To contribute to the review, the NPFS conducted Focus Groups across Scotland in January, the findings from […]
Our latest newsletter is out! Take a look for: Follow up from our Parent Q&A with Deputy First Minister John Swinney Father’s Network Scotland Survey ASN Webinars from Children in Scotland And more… You can find the newsletter online here, and to get it straight to your inbox, subscribe here.
Wednesday, 17th June 2020 The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) hosted a live Q&A webinar with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, on Tuesday, 16th June. The event focused on the impact of COVID-19 and the issues related to the ‘blended’ learning approach for schools re-opening on the […]
Q&A with Deputy First Minister John Swinney: Further Information and Resources for Parents and Carers Thank you for watching our online Q&A with Deputy First Minister John Swinney about education during Covid-19, the return to school in August, and blended learning. We are pleased so many parents took time to get involved in the […]
Our latest newsletter is out! Take a look for: Parent Q&A with Deputy First Minister John Swinney Learning Together Maths Sessions Parent Guidance on the Curriculum for Excellence in the Recovery Phase Parent Surveys And more… You can find the newsletter online here, and to get it straight to your inbox, subscribe here.
Wednesday, 10th June 2020 NPFS hosts parents’ Q&A with John Swinney (DFM) The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) is hosting a Q&A webinar with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, which will take place on Tuesday, 16th June at 7pm. The event will focus on the impact of […]
We know that parents are working hard to balance the challenges of Covid-19 and whilst we are not expected to be teachers, our support in promoting and engaging our children in their learning, continues to be of great importance. We are also aware that when supporting learning at home, many parents report that they find […]
Feedback from parents during lockdown The NPFS has been working hard to keep parents and carers informed throughout the lockdown period, via our website, newsletters and social media, and we have been gathering parents’ views and concerns on an ongoing basis. We are very grateful for the time parents have taken to communicate with […]
Our latest newsletter is out! Take a look for: Parent Club Q&A on how and when schools will re-open in Scotland Career Information and Advice from Skills Development Scotland Parentzone Information about transitions Updates from Children’s Parliament Scotland And more… You can find the newsletter online here, and to get it straight to your inbox, […]
Our latest newsletter is out! Take a look for: Strategic Framework for Re-Opening Schools Announced by the Scottish Government Parent Club Q&A on how and when schools will re-open in Scotland Information and Support for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Ideas for Outdoor Classroom Day Information about the Junior Awards Schemes for Schools And more… You can find the […]
The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) welcomes the Scottish Government’s strategic framework for reopening Schools and Early Learning and Childcare Settings. We look forward to more detailed information of the measures that will be put in place, so that parents can be confident that their children can return to schools and early learning settings […]
Our latest newsletter is out! Take a look for: New ‘In a Nutshells…’ on Learning at home in lockdown, Online Safety, and Securing your Devices Parenting Across Scotland’s‘Lives in Lockdown: Parents’ Accounts’ ‘Back to School Toolkit’ from Salvesen Mindroom Placement Request Info from Enquire Well-Being and Mental Health Support for Children and Young People And […]
We’ve launched three new Nutshells for parents and carers: Learning at Home in Lockdown, Online Safety, and Securing your Devices. These have information, advice and useful links for supporting learning at home and helping to keep ourselves, and our family, safe online. Our experiences of lockdown differ because of our individual circumstances. Supporting our children’s […]
Our latest newsletter is out! Take a look for: The announcement of new additions to our ‘In a Nutshell Series…’ coming soon Parent Survey from Cost of the School Day Information from Children’s Parliament And more… You can find the newsletter online here, and to get it straight to your inbox, subscribe here.
Our latest newsletter is out! Featuring… Guidance for parents on learning in the summer term Here for You information from Parent Club Scotland Local ASN Information from Enquire Information about free language lessons Read the latest newsletter online here. To get our updates straight to your inbox, subscribe here.
Our latest newsletter is out! Featuring… Guidance for parents on learning in the summer term, produced in partnership with the Scottish Government Parent FAQs in partnership with the SQA Links to resources for children and young people Read the latest newsletter online here. To get our updates straight to your inbox, subscribe here.
The new term has begun, however in these unprecedented circumstances our children aren’t returning to school. The uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak brings many challenges for all of us, and the National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) know that parents across Scotland are working hard to balance these challenges whilst our children and young people […]
The current healthcare situation has created a lot of uncertainty, and for young people completing SQA qualifications in school, college or with a training provider or employer, the cancellation of the 2020 exams and coursework assessments has amplified this for them and their parents or carers. The NPFS understands that you may have lots of […]
During the coronavirus outbreak we know that information and resources for parents are important to keep everyone informed. We’ll be publishing weekly newsletters signposting information about education, wellbeing, and public health. This week’s updates include: Empowering Parents during the school closures Information from the SQA about changes to exams Activities and Resources for the Easter […]
We have launched our latest newsletter, with information and resources around coronavirus and the school closures, as well as news from the NPFS over the past few months. You can read it here. These are challenging times for us all, and we know that there is a lot of pressure on parents. We will continue […]
COVID-19 is an uncertain and worrying time for all of us, and children and young people will also be feeling this, especially with the recent announcement that schools will be closing from Friday. There are lots of resources available to support families in having conversations around COVID-19 to help manage worries and anxieties, well-being activities […]
With the news that schools will be closing from Friday, we know this will pose a challenge for parents and families. During this challenging and uncertain time the NPFS aims to continue to support and represent parents and families to the best of our ability. We have put together a list of education resources from […]
Coronavirus COVID – 19 Update 18/03/2020 The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) are following updated advice from NHS Inform and the Scottish Government about COVID-19 and the spread of the virus and have made changes to our activities and planning accordingly. As of Tuesday 17thMarch the Office will be closed, and staff will […]
On Wednesday 26thFebruary, a members’ debate took place at the Scottish Parliament as part of our 10thAnniversary celebrations. The debate celebrated our work over the past 10 years, including the Learning Together Action Plan and our ‘In a nutshell series’ for parents. It was a great opportunity to reflect on the development of parental […]
The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) is pleased to announce that at 5pm on Wednesday 26th February the Scottish Parliament will be debating Parental Engagement as part of the NPFS’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations. The debate will be an opportunity to celebrate the progress made in Parental Involvement and Engagement since the 2006 Act […]
The NPFS know that children and young people’s mental health and well-being is so important, and we are proud to have been actively involved alongside a range of organisations in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): National service specification. In order for children and young people to succeed in their education, and thrive […]
Parents know their children best and children do better when parents are involved and engaged with their learning. In 2006 the Scottish Parliament passed the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act. This important law sets out how schools and councils must work to support parents to be involved in their children’s schools and education. Over the […]
The NPFS provided a response to the General Teaching Council Scotland’s consultation on the updated Professional Standards and Professional Code. You can read out response in full by following the download link below.
This Nutshell explains the senior phase of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).
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 […]
This Nutshell: • Gives the basics of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) • Explains how parents contribute to it • Suggests where you can find more information about CfE and about supporting your child
The Scottish Government have published the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce Delivery Plan this morning. The independent Taskforce, which we are delighted to be a part of, was set up to ensure that the mental health needs of our children and young people receive the attention and priority that has been agreed by Government and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Today, the Scottish Government published the Achievement of Curriculum for Excellence Levels 2017/18 report. You can view the document by clicking here.
The Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland no. 9: 2018 Edition was published by the Scottish Government today, reporting the results of the annual pupil census, annual teacher census, early learning and childcare provision and school estate survey data. You can view the document by clicking here.
The Scottish National Standardised Assessments: national report for academic year 2017-2018 was published by the Scottish Government today. The report provides a summary of outcomes at a national level on the Scottish National Standardised Assessments. You can access the report by clicking here.
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 […]
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 […]
When the Physics department at Lomond School noted the gender imbalance in the uptake of Physics at Higher level, they made tackling this a focus for the department. They decided they wanted to broaden the view of physics so pupils could see it as a tool and as a useful key to access other areas […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Education and Skills Committee is carrying out an inquiry into music tuition in schools. It wants to find out the extent to which charging for instrumental music tuition as part of the school curriculum acts as a barrier to participation by pupils, particularly those from low income households. As you may remember, we recently […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
There was good news this week for Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaigners as The National Union of Students Scotland (NUS) join forces with ourselves here at NPFS, Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland amongst others in backing the campaign for LGBT-inclusive education in schools- specifically getting behind calls for […]
NHS Health Scotland proudly launch their new resources to help Local Authorities, regional NHS Boards and other community planning partners develop their joint local child poverty action plans. Poverty is one of the main causes of poor health and health inequalities. It’s unfairly damaging the health of those living under its grip and restricting many […]
To celebrate their 25th year, Children in Scotland are today launching their exciting new campaign, 25 Calls. 25 Calls is a plan of action which will contribute to children rights and ensure that they experience equality in the future. 25 Calls is about sharing Scotland’s hopes and ambitions for future generations and achieving real change. […]
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The Scottish Library & Information Council, working in partnership with the Scottish Government and COSLA, have launched their brand new national strategy- Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools. The vision at the heart of this strategy- that every school in Scotland will have a vibrant library service playing a central role in helping children and young people […]
The Scottish Government consultation was open 25th April- 18th July 2018, seeking views on proposals for the reform to the disclosure regime in Scotland. The aim was to focus on what changes are required to make disclosure of criminal convictions fit for the 21st century. The pre consultation engagement brought out the complex nature of the […]
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 […]
Welcome to Summer! It’s been a busy time for everyone and with the holidays around the corner (some of you lucky ones are already sunning yourselves!), the summer edition of our newsletter is out now. As ever, we hope that you will find lots of information, and as this is just the tip of the iceberg […]
The National Parent Forum of Scotland is delighted to announce that Joanna Murphy has been elected as the new Chair of the Forum. Joanna, who is the representative for Glasgow, has served as the vice chair of the Forum since 2013, and has been a active member of the Forum since its formation in 2009. […]