John Byrne National Drawing Competition

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The 5th annual John Byrne National Drawing Competition is now open and pupils from Primary 4 through to S3 across Scotland are invited to enter. In partnership with Education Scotland, the competition aims to encourage young people to use their creativity and imagination through drawing. Since its launch in 2014, over 12,000 pieces of artwork […]

Barriers to Parental Engagement Practice Exemplar

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As we know, parents play a crucial role in supporting their children’s learning, and levels of parental engagement are consistently associated with children’s academic outcomes. Through monitoring and tracking, New Cumnock Primary School in East Ayrshire identified that the lack of parental engagement with the school was directly resulting in inequitable results for their pupils. With the […]

Parliament Inquiry: Mental Health Resources for Young People

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The Scottish Parliament Public Petitions Committee have launched an inquiry into the accessibility of mental health resources for young people, and they are looking for input from parents, carers, professionals and young people themselves. The Committee is looking into how young people get the help they need if they’re feeling low or anxious and want to hear […]

National Conference on Transitions for Parents & Carers of Disabled Young People Turning 16

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Talking About Tomorrow. Scotland’s first national conference on transitions for parents and carers of young disabled adults will take place in Glasgow in March 2019. For more information, click this link- Talking About Tomorrow   Tailored to parents and carers of young people with disabilities and learning difficulties, it brings together a wealth of information, […]

Foundation Apprenticeships

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Foundation Apprenticeships offer young people valuable work-based learning opportunities to develop their skills and employer connections in order to build their future career pathways. Learners will now have the option to select a Foundation Apprenticeships as one of their senior phase subject choices. Take a look at this short video discussing the benefits of Foundation […]

BBC Own It Anti-Bullying Campaign

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Own It, the BBC’s flagship service, supports young people’s digital lives and wellbeing. To coordinate with Anti-Bullying Week (12th-16th November), they have launched a new campaign tackling online abuse. The BBC is committed to facing up to this critical issue and hopes, through this campaign, to reach as many young people and parents as possible so they […]

‘Family Walk to School’ Kit

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Living Streets, the national charity for every day walking, run a national walk to school programme to encourage children and their families to make their journey an active one. They currently work with over 250 primary schools across Scotland through their Walk to School programme, engaging with families and parents through this. Living Streets have […]

East Lothian- Common School Day Feasibility Study & Consultation

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East Lothian Council is committed to reducing the poverty related attainment gap, raising the attainment and achievement of our children and young people and improve inclusion, wellbeing and equality. In order to support the delivery of this commitment, the councils Education Service is undertaking a feasibility study and consultation to gather views on the following […]

Is Scotland Fairer? 2018 Report Published

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission published the Is Scotland Fairer? 2018 report today. The report looks at progress towards greater fairness and equality in Scotland, showing that there has been some progress in making Scotland fairer over the past three years. However, the report suggests that serious challenges still remain. The evidence presented in […]

#ChooseRespect Anti-Bullying Campaign Launch

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respectme, Scotlands Anti-Bullying Service, launch this years anti-bullying campaign- #ChooseRespect. The campaign has been designed to run throughout Anti-Bullying Week (12th-16th November) and beyond, reinforcing respect, positive relationships and empathy all year round. The campaign aims to support professionals working with young people to help create more respectful cultures in their settings. This year, they […]

Stories, Songs and Rhymes in Gaelic

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As many of you will know, the Scottish Government are keen to ensure that the Gaelic language has a sustainable future here is Scotland, introducing many initiatives to preserve our heritage through their Gaelic Language Plan. Scottish Book Trust are supporting the government’s ambition through their Gaelic Bookbug Programme. Firstly, there are now Gaelic Bookbug […]

#GoSafeWithZiggy

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A new educational resource was recently launched by the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland. Ziggy’s Sports Day is a book which addresses the importance of parental behaviour in the car, and the impact it can have on children. The book will be distributed to all P1 classrooms throughout Scotland and pupils will be encouraged […]

National Museums Scotland- Welcoming ASN Visitors

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National Museums Scotland is committed to encouraging all children to visit and enjoy their museums. They have a range of initiatives to support and welcome children with additional support needs to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, from providing colourful sensory backpacks to borrow for free while you visit through to holding After Hours […]

Reach- Support for Young People

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Reach is a fantastic website full of advice, support and tips, presented in a very relatable, age appropriate way. Hear from young people talking about support that helps, watch their innovative animated videos and read advice written by young people, for young people. Reach can also help children to understand their rights at school, helping […]

Sleep Support Helpline

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Whether you have a toddler or a teen, Sleep Scotland’s free telephone Support Line is available to provide advice and support to parents and carers across Scotland struggling with their children sleep problems. Their Helpline number is 0800 138 6565. Lines are open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday, or you can contact them via […]

“Curriculum for Excellence is a disaster? It’s news to me and my staff”

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With so much negativity in Scottish education at the moment, often directly blaming the Curriculum for Excellence, it’s no wonder that there are morale issues amongst teachers in our schools. This insightful article written by Headteacher, Gerry Lyons, which sheds a positive light on our education system, was published on the TES website. “I’m fed […]

Playing in Scotland – it’s only Natural!

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Play Scotland welcomes Richard Louv, Author to Scotland Richard Louv is a journalist and author of nine books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder; The Nature Principle; and Vitamin N. Translated and published in 24 countries, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children, their families […]

Home-Start Scotland

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Home-Start in Scotland is on a mission to engage a more diverse group of volunteers. Support from the Children and Young People’s Fund to increase male volunteering has fuelled growing ambitions. Since Volunteers Week 2018 Home-Start UK has been highlighting the benefits of volunteering and of increasing volunteer diversity in family support work.   Two […]

Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland

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Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland (PINS) is funded by the Scottish Government Learning Directorate. They have been running for 14 years and have around 1400 members, largely made up of professionals who work with the most vulnerable and marginalised learners when it comes to formal or informal learning or support for schooling. Many of their members are […]

Upstart Scotland

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Upstart Scotland is a campaign for a play-based kindergarten stage in Scotland for children aged 3-7, supported by thousands of professionals in health, social work, children’s rights, early years, the arts and education. It was started in 2016 because of the enormous change in children’s habits of play over the recent decades, which are clearly linked to […]

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- […]

Developing a positive whole-school ethos and culture – Relationships, Learning and Behaviour

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Children’s wellbeing is at the heart of Getting it Right for Every Child. This means focusing on the wellbeing of every child to ensure they are safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included (the wellbeing indicators). This document outlines new policy guidance in response to the Behaviour in Scottish Schools Research conducted in […]

What support works? Inquiry into attainment and achievement of school children experiencing poverty

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Earlier this year, The Education and Skills Committee carried out an inquiry into the impact of poverty on attainment and achievement of school-aged children and young people. Poverty is an increasing problem for families, with more that 1 in every 4 children in Scotland recognised as living in poverty. The Committee was interested in finding […]

Involving children, young people, parents and carers in planning to meet children’s wellbeing needs

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Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, and the Getting to Know Getting it Right for Every Child Team announce the launch of their new resource, ‘Involving children, young people, parents and carers in planning to meet children’s wellbeing needs’. This is a great resource, with really useful, easy to edit, step-by-step templates for teachers to […]

Supporting Children and Young People with Learning Difficulties- Essential Rights Guide

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The Salvesen Mindroom Centre, a charity supporting the families of children and young people with learning difficulties, have recently updated their Essential Rights Guide for parents and carers of children and young people with learning difficulties. The aim of the guide is to provide parents and carers with a comprehensive and accessible resource that informs them of […]

Playday 2018

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UK CHILDREN’S COMMISSIONERS STAND TOGETHER FOR THE CHILD’S RIGHT TO PLAY The UK’s annual celebration of play – Playday 2018 – takes place on Wednesday August 1.   This year, in an unprecedented step, all four children’s commissioners from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales stand together to support the importance of children’s play as […]

Early Learning and Childcare Service Model for 2020: Consultation Paper

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The National Parent Forum of Scotland Chairperson, Joanna Murphy, responded to the Scottish Government Consultation Paper- Early Learning and Childcare Service Model for 2020. The responses to the relevant questions can be accessed here- ELC 2020 Service Model Responses     The original consultation can be accessed here- https://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/03/1918/0