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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The NPFS launches new Empowering Parents and Carers Nutshell

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Thursday, 5th December 2019 The NPFS launches new Empowering Parents and Carers Nutshell   The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) is pleased to launch its new Empowering Parents and Carers nutshell, which highlights parents and carers as equal partners in the ‘empowered system’ of learning and education in Scotland. Scottish Government and COSLA (Convention […]

NPFS hosts Parents’ Q&A with John Swinney (DFM)

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The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) is continuing its 10th birthday celebrations by hosting a Q & A session in Perth today with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. Over 100 parents will be in the audience questioning Mr Swinney directly.  Those unable to attend the event were […]

Q & A with John Swinney

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Parents, have you ever wanted a question answered about your child’s education? We are hosting a Q & A session specifically for parents with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. The event will be 9:30am – 1pm in Perth on 5th October. Lunch will be provided and childcare will […]

NPFS Response to Incorporating the UNCRC into Scottish Domestic Law

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Incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scottish domestic law. The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) welcomes the opportunity to provide the Scottish Government with evidence for their consultation on incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into our domestic law in Scotland. The NPFS […]

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 […]

EIS ballot opens

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Today our chair, Joanna Murphy made the following short statement: ”As the ballot opens, we wish our teachers well in making what may be a difficult decision. Our education system is stronger with teachers and parents working in partnership, with children at the heart. Therefore, we remain concerned over the impact of potential strike action.”

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 […]

The Parental View of Scottish Education

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Our Chair, Joanna, met with freelance writer, Sam Phipps to talk about Learning Together, the parental involvement action plan which hopes to better involve families in school life plan and its other priorities for parents and education. You can read the article here.

Latest Comment on Scottish National Standardised Assessment’s- 24th August 2018

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NPFS Chair, Joanna Murphy, said- “In the same week that Mr Swinney, DFM, launched “Learning Together- Scotland’s Action Plan for Parents” stating on P3 that “ The guiding vision is that every parent and family should be supported to be involved and engaged in their child’s education throughout their learning journey” it is disappointing that […]

Press Article- ‘Information vacuum’ blamed for parent anxiety over P1 tests

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NPFS Chair, Joanna Murphy, has written to the Herald in relation to the recent coverage of the P1 Standardised Testing. The letter explains our view- that parents need the right information to help them understand the Curriculum for Excellence as a whole, and how the assessments fit into this framework. You can access the letter here- […]

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 […]

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 […]

Annual Conference 2018

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The National Parent Forum of Scotland Conference: Working together for our children The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) is having its 2018 conference on Saturday 10th March at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.  One year on since publishing its Review of the Impact of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006, the conference is bringing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review of the Parental Involvement Act

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*MEDIA RELEASE* *Embargoed: 11am, 23/5/17* *Review of Parental Involvement Act published** * 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 (Tuesday 23 May) in Drummond Community High School, […]