About SPTC

At SPTC we strive to make parental involvement in education as good as it can be. We do this by working with our members and running a range of training schemes and projects.


We are an independent charity funded by membership. We do not receive any council or government funding.


Our members are a mixture of parent councils, parent teacher associations and other parent groups who pay for membership or have membership paid for them by their local authority. We are also now accepting individual members.

Being a member of the SPTC has a range of benefits which you can find out about here.


SPTC is led by a board of directors and has a small team of staff: some based in our Edinburgh office, others working with parents and carers around Scotland.

On your behalf

- Eileen Prior & Eleanor Coner meeting with Stirling Council 27 March
- Eleanor Coner delivering Parent Council Essentials at St Modan's High School 27 March
- Eleanor Coner at a Parent Council meeting at Bo'ness Academy 28 March
- Eileen Prior and Eleanor Coner delivering Engaging Families in Inverclyde29 March
- Eileen Prior and Eleanor Coner meeting with Skills Development Scotland 30 March
- Eileen Prior at Edinburgh International Science Festival opening event 30 March
- Eileen Prior & Eleanor Coner online meeting with Joyce Epstein from Johns Hopkins University 31 March

What we do

SPTC is dedicated to providing information and support to parents and carers to support their involvement in their child’s education. Our helpline, website, publications and events are all geared to helping make parental involvement as good as it can be.

Read more about what we do here »

How we’re run

We’re small, but perfectly formed! As a charity and company limited by guarantee, SPTC is run by parents and teachers, for parents.

View a list of our staff here »


Backchat is our termly newsletter that goes out to all our members and contacts. It includes news about what is happening in Scottish Education as well as news and events that we think will be of interest to parents and carers.

View previous issues of Backchat here »

SPTC AGM & Lecture 2017

This year's AGM and Lecture will take place on the evening of 23 March at the IET Teacher Building in central Glasgow. The event is being opened by Mark McDonald MSP, Minister for Early Years and Childcare and delivered by Dr Janet Goodall of Bath University.

Renew your membership!

Membership renewals for 2016-2017 are now due!

This year we're launching our new membership model. You can:

Why join SPTC?

There are lots of good reasons for your parent group to join SPTC.

Find out more about membership here »

Fill in our application form here »