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 in Drummond Community High School, Edinburgh. The event is bringing together parents and stakeholders, including Deputy First Minister John Swinney, […]
The Scottish Government would like you to help them find out what matters to parents about their school and their child’s education, focusing on what needs to be done to make the improvements we all want to see. The survey will close on October 16th and will inform the annual report for the National Improvement […]
The Scottish Government is currently consulting on how schools should be funded in the future. They are very keen to hear from parents and to help have provided us with the two page summary of the consultation that you can read by clicking below. John Swinney, Education Secretary and Deputy First Minister attended the National […]
We are pleased to have received a formal response from John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary outlining how Scottish Government plan to proceed. You can read the full letter by clicking below:
Recently, an NPFS regional rep asked for further information about how SDS services support young people in making well informed choices about their next steps in learning and future careers. The queries and responses are shown in the Q&As below: How are schools, parents and young people engaging with My World of Work. What impact […]
Sexting, cyberbullying, catfishing, FOMO and digital footprints – these are just some of the topics and issues that the Young Scot 5Rights Youth Commission explored in their 15-month investigation. The 5Rights project looks beyond online safety and protection for young people online, and calls for the realisation of their rights in the digital world just […]
NPFS are currently working with Child Poverty Action Group to update their Cost of the School day parent council toolkit to encompass rural issues. We have recently held three focus groups and discussions in South Lanarkshire, Shetland and the Western Isles. The reports can be read by clicking the links below. NPFS Focus Group Lanarkshire […]
We were pleased to submit written evidence to Scottish Government in response to this consultation. Scotland’s Strategy for the Learning Provision for Children and Young People with Complex Additional Support Needs 2017-2026 aims to support improved outcomes for children and young people with complex additional support needs through strategic commissioning of national services; with particular […]
Read our response to the EducationCommittee’s call for evidence on the Children and Young people Information Sharing Bill here: GIRFEC Response from NPFS
Schools across Scotland start their new academic year this week. Transitions are the moves that children and young people make from stage to stage. Find out how you can support your child and help transitions go smoothly on the Parenting Across Scotland website. There are top tips on helping your child get off to a good […]
The National Parent Forum of Scotland is delighted to comment on today’s exam results. Chair, Joanna Murphy said: ” We congratulate all of our learners on their hard work over this past year that has culminated in these excellent results. These show how hard our young people have been working all year, how well our […]
We know it is a worrying time waiting for exam results This helpful video from SQA shows you exactly what to expect! http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/65952.html
Scottish Qualifications Certificates (SQC) will arrive by first class mail on TUESDAY 8 AUGUST. With your SQA certificate you get a profile sheet which includes your SCQF Profile. Understanding the SCQF will help you to make sense of your exam certificate. What is the SCQF? The SCQF is a way of comparing Scottish qualifications. It […]
Skills Development Scotland’s Exam Results Helpline will open on Tuesday 8 August as students across the country receive their National, Higher and Advanced Higher results. This is the 25th year of the *free helpline which offers advice, information and support for young people and their parents. It will be open from 8am until 8pm on 8 and […]
We have been hearing from lots of parents who are concerned about the changes to N5s in the new session, and future changes to the other National Qualifications. We’ve helped Scottish Government to compile this guide to the changes, and they’ve added a helpful timeline. You can download it here: National Qualifications – NPFS QA […]
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 […]
We were pleased to submit our view to the Scottish Parliament Education Committee this week, to inform their short inquiry into into school infrastructure and the safety of school buildings. You can read our response by following this link : Buildings 2
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Many thanks to the parents, pupils, teachers and education stakeholders who attended the launch of our Review into the impact of the 2006 Parental involvement Act on May 23rd. If you’d like to read our chair Joanna Murphy’s presentation, you can download it by clicking here.
At NPFS we are always delighted to hear about excellent examples of good practice within Scottish Schools. Recently our East Lothian representative, Saddah Aziz shared with us details of a presentation that Elphinstone Primary School P6 and 7 pupils made to their parent council, discussing various aspects of their learning and wider achievement, and how […]
*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, […]
Many thanks to all who responded to our calls for evidence, 1281 responses were received from parens, 461 from parent councils and 96 from professionals working within the field of education. Below are links to all the submitted responses where consent has been given to share the response: Parents:PI Survey Parent Responses.xls Parent Councils: PI Survey […]
Pupil Equity Funding is allocated directly to schools, targeted at those children most affected by the poverty related attainment gap. From April this year £120m will be provided through the Attainment Scotland Fund directly to Headteachers to use for additional staffing or resources they consider will help reduce the poverty related attainment gap. The funding […]
The latest nutshell guide from SDS and the National Parent Forum of Scotland looking at Creativity, Enterprise and Employability is now available. Creativity skills are crucial for young people to improve how they problem solve, have ideas or come up with a new approach to an old issue. Creativity is also one of the most […]
UPDATE – APRIL 2017 Many thanks to all who responded to our calls for evidence, 1281 responses were received from parens, 461 from parent councils and 96 from professionals working within the field of education. Below are links to all the submitted responses where consent has been given to share the response: Parents:PI Survey Parent […]
We were recently asked by the Assessment and Qualifications Working Group at Scottish Government to gather evidence on parental perceptions of the National 4 Qualification. You can read our submission here: Parents’ perception of the National 4 Qualification
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 […]
The full minutes from the forum’s meeting of Jan 28th 2017 can be downloaded by clicking the link below. Forum Minutes 28.1.17 v1
We were pleased to recently help SCQF to revise and improve their leaflet for parents and carers. The leaflet has been simplified to make it easier for parents and carers to better understand how the SCQF can help their children plan their learning journey. It highlights some of the wider achievement programmes that young people might undertake such […]
NPFs recently submitted evidence to the informal consultation on Religious observance in schools. You can read our responses here: RO
The Care Inspectorate recently requested evidence from NPFS in relation to the expansion of early learning and childcare to 1140 hours. You can read our response here: Care Inspectorate
The National Care Standards help everyone understand what they have a right to expect when they access health and social care services. They also help services understand and meet the quality and standards of care which they should provide. In 2014, the Scottish Government launched a consultation seeking views on the approach and scope of […]
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, […]
Following the Deputy First Minister’s announcement in September regarding changes to assessment in National Courses, SQA have now shared some more information on what the changes will be for individual subjects. The removal of units and unit assessments means that course assessments will need to be strengthened. The changes can be viewed online: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/78398.html and SQA have compiled this […]
If you’re choosing subjects or know someone who is, My World of Work is there to help. The subjects young people choose at school can have an impact on what they can study at college or university and what jobs they can go for in the future. Scotland’s career information and advice web service is […]
We have submitted our response to Scottish Government on the Governance Review of Scottish Education. Overall, parents acknowledge that there are inconsistencies across local authorities but they are clear that they do not see any value in adding another layer of bureaucracy. Parents also state that there needs to be greater clarity over the roles […]
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 […]
Today, November 19th, we were delighted to welcome John Swinney , Deputy First Minister, back to our full forum meeting. Mr Swinney emphasised that the Governance review is not prescriptive. When our Chair, Joanna Murphy, explained the consultation is very hard for parents to engage with, Mr Swinney suggested that parents answer these points and […]
We were recently invited by the Education Committee at the Scottish Parliament to comment on the performance of the SQA and Education Scotland against the outcomes they are seeking to achieve and how outcomes are measured. Our reply can be read by clicking this link: ed-committee
We recently responded to the Standards in Schools consultation. Our response can be read by clicking here: stat-guidance
We are pleased to have contributed to the Children in Scotland Response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation paper on the Child Poverty Bill Scotland. The full response can be read by clicking here: child-poverty-bill-scotland-cis-response.
Wonderful video piece featuring the work of the Children’s Parliament in Aberdeen. Thanks to our Aberdeen representative Tony Rafferty for sharing!
The experience of having a mother, father, brother, sister, other family relative or even a friend go to prison can be incredibly traumatic for a child. Families Outside works with children and families affected by imprisonment across Scotland and have done so for the last 25 years. With their awareness of the difficulties these often marginalised […]
We were delighted to welcome John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills to our full forum meeting on Sept 17th in Edinburgh. Mr Swinney spoke to our volunteer representatives about his plans for Scottish Education, and this was followed by a lively discussion. Closing the session our Chair Joanna Murphy asked […]
The National Parent Forum are currently producing a helpful leaflet ‘Career Conversations in a nutshell’ in conjunction with Skills Development Scotland. The finished leaflet is coming soon!
We recently held a parents focus group in Dumfries and Galloway to gather opinions on the Governance Review. If you’d like to add your thoughts feel free to drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org Questions considered at the group can be found here
Scottish Book Trust is delivering the First Minister’s Reading Challenge on behalf of the Scottish Government. The Challenge is targeted at Primary 4 – 7 pupils in all primary schools in Scotland, providing resources to help children develop a love of reading and to support schools to develop reading cultures. Research tells us that reading […]
Our North Lanarkshire Representative Barrie Sheppard, is part of Scottish Government’s Working Group on Assessment and Qualifications. This group has met fully on five occasions since February with an initial focus on seeking to reduce assessment-related workload for teachers and learners in advance of session 2016-17. The first report on the work of the Assessment and […]
Our Vice Chair Cheryl Burnett is involved with the review of the National Care Standards and we are delighted to share this easy to read pocket guide with you, explaining the new National Care Standards and the work of the review group. View the leaflet by clicking this link: NCS-pocket-guide-the-princples
This consultation asked for views on options for the use of its share of UK Apprenticeship Levy funding being transferred to the Scottish Government. You can read our views here: Aprrenticeship leavy
Is your teenager awaiting Exam results? Understanding the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework will help you make sense of their exam certificate and advise on future learning and career choices. With your teenager’s SQA certificate they will get a profile sheet which includes their SCQF Profile. The SCQF is a way of comparing Scottish qualifications. It covers […]
As exam day approaches it could be helpful for parents to understand the clearing system. It’s available July to September each year. If you already have your exam results but you have no offers, you can use Clearing from July. If you had conditional offers but your exam results didn’t go to plan, you can use Clearing […]
Young Scot have provided some very helpful advice for young people worried ahead of results day. They say: Exam results can feel like the be all and end all of your future success, but even if you don’t get all passes you still have plenty of options ahead of you to take the next step […]
On Tuesday 9th of August, more than 142,000 pupils is Scotland will receive exam results. Skills Development Scotland will open up a free helpline from 8am to 8pm on 9 and 10 August and from 9am to 5pm until 17 August. The number to call is 0808 100 8000. Further information can be found by clicking […]
The Enterpise and Skills Review want to hear your views to ensure that Scottish Government and public agencies are delivering the joined-up support that our young people, universities, colleges and businesses need. If you have a spare few minutes to fill in their survey you can find it here. The National Parent Forum will be submitting […]
The Supreme Court have published their ruling on the Scottish Government’s Named Person legislation. Our Chair, Joanna Murphy has issued a statement which can be read by clicking here.
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. […]
Unfortunately we have not had the resources to update the revision nutshells this year so rather than publicise possibly inaccurate information we have removed them from our site. There are many useful resources from SQA and BBC Bitesize listed on the Parentzone Scotland page https://education.gov.scot/parentzone/learning-at-home/Supporting%20study Happy to provide copies of the old versions if you email […]
The exam season is nearly upon us, with the first exams taking place on Wednesday 4th May. If your child is looking for help with their revision, then why not point them in the direction of NPFS’ “in a Nutshell” revision guides. The guides are available in a range of National 5 and Higher subjects, and have […]
The minutes of the forum meeting held on 23rd January 2016 can be found here
The Scottish Government is rolling out the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) aspects of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. What does this mean for families? The Act aims to improve the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland. It is wide ranging and includes key elements of the GIRFEC approach such as the Child’s Plan and […]
We know that talking to your child about their future career can be tricky. That’s why The National Parent Forum of Scotland has joined forces again with Skills Development Scotland to help parents and carers talk about career decisions with their children. The ‘Career Conversations’ nutshell is available electronically below and will also be sent out […]
The winter edition of our newsletter is out now, featuring lots of information for parents. A pdf version is below, but to get the e-newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, sign up or contact us at email@example.com Winter 2016 Newsletter
To read the full forum meeting minutes from sept 17th 2016 please click on the image below.
To read the forum meeting minutes from jan 23rd 2016 please click the link below.
This NPFS focus group with Primary school parents, covered all aspects of their child’s education to inform the Review of the Parental Involvement Act and the Governance Review consultation. The full report can bet read here : npfs-primary-focus-groups-key-messages-17-nov-2016-final.
Please find the minutes from our meeting, June 4th 2016 by clicking the link below: 2016-06-abbreviated-minutes-final
Joanna is the chair of the National Parent Forum of Scotland. She is passionate about parental involvement in education and is keen to represent the voice of parents at a national level while helping everyday engagement in schools flourish. In her previous role as vice chair she had responsibility for the NPFS DYW […]
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 […]
In April 2015 NPFS held a focus group to discuss whether CfE is achieving its ambitions. The results of this were fed into the CfE management board report as well as to the OECD. The report can be read by clicking the image above.
On May 26th NPFS held a focus group to explore parents’ experiences of the new National 4 and 5 exams and new Highers qualifications, in the second year of Nationals and the first year of new Highers. The report can be read by clicking the image above. The report will inform our work and meetings […]
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: […]
The Scottish Government’s Report ‘Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach’ was published in 2012. Local authorities and schools are now working towards implementation of the report. The aim is to enable children and young people to study two languages in addition to their mother tongue in all Scottish primary and secondary schools. As parents/carers, you […]
The Scottish Government want to make Scotland as successful as possible and see language capability as an important part of this success. This means that it is important that young people are attracted to learning languages, and that they become confident and competent linguists, well equipped with the skills and capacities needed in the new […]
Our Revision in a Nutshell series to help learners to prepare for new National 5 examinations is available here.
The report is now available here: Rocket Science report of parent focus group Hamilton 041212 FINAL v2
Our Let’s Talk resource is now available here: Let’s Talk resource
School handbook guidance launched following consultation I was delighted that the School Handbook guidance was launched today at Musselburgh Burgh Primary School this morning. The event signaled the delivery of our commitment to update the School Handbook to ensure that parents get the information they need from their child’s school. School Handbooks are an important […]
Below is the link to the Publication of the Languages Working Group Report and Recommendations, check of which I had the pleasure of playing an active part, try whilst representing NPFoS http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/03/18094509/2 Carol Snow NPFS Member East Lothian
Message from Billy Gibson ASN Lead NPFS Dear Parents, sales Carers and legal Guardians I would like to invite you to respond to the Doran Review Call for Evidence, check which opens from Monday 13 February 2012 until 11pm on Friday 16 March 2012. The Scottish Government has commissioned me to undertake an independent review […]
Focus group for parents of S1 and S2 children on the Curriculum for Excellence Radisson Hotel, ed 301 Argyle Street Glasgow G2 8DL Introduction This was the first of a series of workshops to gain insights from parents on current issues. The focus was on the current experience of Curriculum for Excellence. It was attended […]
Who does what in Scottish Education? The Scotland Act 1998 gave the Scottish Parliament power to make laws on devolved matters. Education and training is a devolved matter. (others include health and social services, find law and order, local government, sport and the arts). Employment and Social security are amongst the reserved matters. The Scottish […]