Press Release: Response to DFM announcement of arrangements for the assessment of National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses in the 2020-21 session

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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 […]

New Chair and Leadership Team Appointed at NPFS AGM – 19th September 2020

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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 […]

Press Release: NPFS hosts a second Q&A with Deputy First Minister John Swinney

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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 […]

Parent Q&A with Deputy First Minster John Swinney, Thursday 10th September 2020

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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 […]

Results Day 2020

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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 […]

Learning Together: Back to School Maths

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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, […]

Learning Together: Back to School Webinar Series

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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 […]

Back to school guidance for parents and carers

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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 […]

Weekly Newsletter – 15th July 2020

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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… […]

Additional Support for Learning Review – Recommendations for Relationships with Parents and Carers

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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 […]

Deputy First Minister Q&A 16th June 2020 – Transcript

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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 […]

Weekly Newsletter – 26th June 2020

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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.

Additional Support for Learning Review

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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 […]

Weekly Newsletter – 18th June 2020

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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.

Press release: Overwhelming response to NPFS Q&A with John Swinney (DFM)

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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 […]

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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 […]

Weekly Newsletter – 11th June 2020

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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.

Feedback from Parents and Carers

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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 […]

Weekly Newsletter – 29th May 2020

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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, […]

Weekly Newsletter – 21st May 2020

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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 […]

Strategic Framework for the reopening of schools and Early Learning and Childcare Settings announced today.

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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 […]

Weekly Newsletter – 15th May 2020

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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 […]

New Nutshells Launched to Support with Learning at Home & Online Safety

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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 […]

Weekly Newsletter – 6th May 2020

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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.

Weekly Newsletter – 1st May 2020

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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.

Weekly Newsletter – 21st April 2020

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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.

Supporting Learning During Term 4 – A Guide for Parents and Carers

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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 […]

Weekly Newsletter – 7th April 2020

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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 […]

April 2020 Newsletter

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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 […]

Activities and Well-Being Resources

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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 […]

NPFS COVID-19 Update

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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 […]

Scottish Parliament Celebrates 10 years of the National Parent Forum of Scotland

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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 […]

Join us for the Parental Engagement in Education Debate on Wednesday 26th February

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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 […]

New CAMHS National Service Specification

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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 […]

Parental Involvement Act – Statutory Guidance Consultation

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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 […]

Wider Achievement in a Nutshell

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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 […]

CfE in a nutshell

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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

Deputy First Minister’s Christmas Holiday Maths Challenge

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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 […]

Teacher Numbers Are Highest Since 2010

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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 Survey

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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 […]

Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland Published

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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.

Cyber Discovery Programme Registration Open

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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 […]

Change the Tune- Invest in Instrumental Music

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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 […]

respectme Survey

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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 […]

Teaching in a Diverse Scotland- Report Published

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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 […]

Empowering Your Child to Deal With School Anxiety

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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 […]

The Cost of School- New Resources

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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 […]

Supporting children and young people with healthcare needs in school

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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.

NUS Scotland get behind TIE Campaign

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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 Scotland launch resource to tackle child poverty

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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 […]

Children in Scotland Launch 25 Calls Campaign

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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. […]

October 2018 Newsletter

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Our latest newsletter is now available! Click here to view. Remember, you can sign up to receive the newsletter directly to your email address by subscribing above, or drop us an email office@npfs.org.uk

Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools

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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 […]

New NPFS Leadership Team

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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. […]