Scottish parents’ groups join forces to discuss concerns around Internal Market Bill

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Scottish parents’ groups join forces to call for the current level of teacher qualifications in Scotland to be maintained under the terms of the Internal Market Bill The National Parent Forum of Scotland and Connect, share the General Teaching Council of Scotland’s (GTCS) concerns regarding the possible impact of the Internal Market Bill on Scottish […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

STEM

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The Government recently consulted on their approach to delivering a high quality Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and training offering, across the education system. The draft STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland has two aims: 1. To improve levels of STEM enthusiasm, skills, and knowledge in order to raise attainment and aspirations in learning, […]

General Teaching Council Scotland Consultation

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GTCS have been  consulting on proposed new Fitness to Teach Rules to replace their existing Fitness to Teach Appeals Rules which were put in place in 2012.  The Fitness to Teach Rules set out the procedure that is followed when they investigate and determine the fitness to teach of their registered teachers or applicants for registration. They follow this process […]

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: […]