SPTC and BEMIS are working together on an exciting project, Gathered Together (Cruinn Còmhla), to support parents from ethnic and cultural minorities getting involved with their children’s school.
Funded through the Scottish Government Early Intervention Fund and managed by The Big Fund, the project has been designed to encourage parents and carers from ethnic and cultural minorities throughout Scotland to identify and develop practical ways that support parental participation in their children’s education, and to help parent councils to make their school community as inclusive as possible.
Research shows that parental involvement with their child(s) education improves life chances and outcomes for their future – that’s why Scotland has legislation to support it. Parent Councils are there to represent all the parent forum (that’s all parents and carers who have children at the school) but that can be a daunting task, and we know many welcome help and advice to find ways of communicating and involving the range of parents.
We’ve recruited a 26-member Steering Committee for Gathered Together. This includes Education Scotland, National Parent Forum Scotland, Grampian Regional Equality Network, all pilot local authorities, the General Teaching Council Scotland and teacher associations. Working with us they will give regular input on Gathered Together throughout its duration, ensuring we have a critical and impartial eye to guide us.
- Report: Experiences of Parents from Ethnic Minorities
- Involving All Parents – Good Practice for Parent Councils
- Involving All Parents – Good Practice for Schools
- Report: Involving All Parents – Report on Work with Parent Councils
- Report: Ethnic Minority Parental Involvement within Parent Groups
- Gathered Together Strategy Document
- Facebook page
- Youtube channel
Gathered Together coverage
Parental Participation – making it real among minority parents (AHDS)
Reaching the whole community (Teaching Scotland, May 2014)
How an exciting new project is helping to support parents from ethnic and cultural minorities get involved with their children’s schooling (Children In Scotland, April 2014)
Gathered Together: supporting inclusion of Ethnic Minority parents (Enquire, February 2014)
A project to get ethnic minority parents more involved in their children’s schools is the first of its kind. (Holyrood Magazine, February 2014)