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 […]

Consultation Response- Supporting Disabled Children, Young People and their Families

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The Scottish Government are in the process of designing a public resource- ‘Supporting Disabled Children, Young People and their Families’. As part of this process, they held a 12 week consultation to gather input and feedback from disabled children, young people, their families, practitioners and third sector partners to enable the government to provide a […]

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 […]

The Cost of School Resource Launch

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NHS Health Scotland and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland have jointly launched a suite of resources to raise awareness, prompt discussion and take action to combat child poverty in schools. The first resource from NHS Health Scotland is a short film on the ‘Cost of School’.  The film shows a range of people, […]

Scottish Government- Mental Health Counsellors in all Secondary Schools.

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Scottish Government ‘Delivering for Today, Investing for Tomorrow’.  First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon,  outlines “a clear vision of the kind of country we want to be” as she delivered her Programme for Government during a speech to the Scottish Parliament today. It includes details of a £250 million health investment package, with £30m of this fund dedicated […]

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 […]

Scottish Government Commitment to Providing Access to Free Sanitary Products in all Scottish Schools, Colleges and Universities

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Evidence suggests that more than a quarter of students have struggled to access sanitary products at some point in the previous 12 months because, among other reasons, they couldn’t afford them. It has also been the case that some students have had to miss school or skip classes because they didn’t have access to products […]

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 […]

Exam Results Help 2018

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Exam results day is coming. Getting your results can be a stressful time, and some people struggle to decide what to do next. Whether things don’t go according to plan or better than expected, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) have a variety of options to support learners from 7 August onwards. Support is available over the phone, online and in […]

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      

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 […]

Education and Skills Committee inquiry

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Do some schools present university as the main path to take when college, training and work are equally valuable routes? This is just one question the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee will explore in a new inquiry that will also look at whether information about other pathways, such as work and training, is offered […]

Clicked – social media and your school community

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We are delighted to launch  these new resources for parent councils and their schools today. A huge thanks to all who were involved in their creation – the Argyll and Bute Headteachers group, the Scottish Parental Involvement Officers Network,  the Scottish Learning Group and all of the individual parents and parent councils who provided feedback. […]

Learning Disability Week

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2018 marks the ‘Year of Young People’ in Scotland, and the theme for Learning Disability Week reflects that. ‘My Generation’ will focus the country’s attention on the experiences of young people with learning disabilities in Scotland. The more parents engage in their child’s learning, the more likely it is that they will help raise their […]

National Numeracy Day 2018

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National Numeracy Day Numbers are all around us – at home and in daily life. But people can often feel overwhelmed by bills, confused by bank charges and wonder if supermarket deals are really worth it. The UK’s first ever National Numeracy Day is on Wednesday 16 May 2018. Taking part can help bring you […]

Annual Conference 2018

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Working together for our children Reviewing parental involvement: one year on National Parent Forum of Scotland annual conference  When parents are involved in their children’s learning, it benefits children, families and schools: children do better. This was the main finding of the NPFS 2016 review  of the 2006 Parental Involvement Act. One year on since publishing […]

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 […]

Parents 4 all

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Colleagues in BEMIS have let us know about a new project that they are involved in. Parents 4 all aims to: empower parents of the host societies and of migrant origin in dealing with ethnic and cultural diversity at schools Create tailor-made training material for parents, helping them to develop intercultural skills and actively support […]

Education Bill – Simplified

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EMPOWERING SCHOOLS: A CONSULTATION ON THE AIMS OF THE NEW EDUCATION BILL The new Education Bill will go to Parliament by June 2018. The Scottish Government is currently consulting on what should be in the Bill. Following is a summary and the points that we would really like to hear from you on. Please email […]

National Improvement Framework in a Nutshell

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NPFS has developed this updated publication for parents which provides a helpful overview of the National Improvement Framework. The National Improvement Framework (NIF) sets out what needs to be done to improve Scottish education so that every child can achieve their full potential. It uses accurate information, gathered from schools, local authorities and national organisations, to […]

The Scottish Education Awards 2018

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The Scottish Education Awards celebrate the hard work and success which takes place in Scottish education. We are delighted to be sponsoring the 2018 Parents as Partners in Learning Award. Parents are valuable assets to any school community, from early years through to primary and secondary schools. The Scottish Education Awards recognise that partnerships with parents […]

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 […]

Cost of the School Day – Focus Groups

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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 […]

Scotland’s Ten Year Strategy for the learning provision for children and young people with Complex Additional Support Needs

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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 […]

Exam Results Helpline

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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 […]

Changes to National Qualifications

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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 […]

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 […]

Pupil Presentation to the Parent Council. An Excellent Example of Good Practice

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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 […]

Review of the Impact of the 2006 Parental involvement Act

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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, […]

Call for Evidence Responses

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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

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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 […]

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 […]

Updated SCQF Information Leaflet for Parents

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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 […]

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, […]

Changes to National 5s

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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 […]

Help with Subject Choices

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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 […]

The National Parent forum of Scotland Governance Review Response

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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 […]

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 […]

Governance Simplified!

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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 […]

John Swinney – A Message to Parents

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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 […]