Articles tagged with: communication

Can our Parent Forum be the Parent Council?

Parents Make Their Voices Heard on Standardised Assessment , 4 January 2016

SPTC asked its Parents Voice survey group for their thoughts on the Government’s Draft National Improvement Framework for education, which puts specific responsibilities on parents and carers and, importantly, reintroduces standardised assessment of pupils. 265 people responded: overall, 29.3% of respondents agree with the principle of standardised assessment while 49.3% have mixed feelings. 16.4% disagree […]

Parents Connect at Scottish Learning Festival 2015

This year SPTC will again be part of our Parents Connect stand at the Scottish Learning Festival along with NPFS, the Scottish Government and Education Scotland, plus some guest organisations The festival takes place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on 23 and 24 September. It’s totally free to register and you can see the […]

Backchat: Issue No. 137, June 2015

In this issue: Launching our Partnership Schools programme Parents’ Voice on PVG Renewing your membership Scottish Literacy Survey results What is Partnership Schools? You’re going to be hearing a lot about Partnership Schools over the coming years so here’s a quick Q&A to help explain the basics. Q What is Partnership Schools? A To use […]

Members’ Survey report 2014/15

Towards the end of 2014 we surveyed all 1900 SPTC member groups. We wanted to find out how people are using our services, what they are aware of and how we can continue working to provide the services our members want and need. Since 2014 we have added several resources to our range including podcasts, […]

Gordon and Earlston Primary Schools open their doors to encourage parental involvement

Staff and pupils from Gordon and Earlston Primary Schools have opened their doors to parents, carers and the local community to give them a chance to find out more about learning and achievement in their respective schools. Gordon Primary held an event on the morning of Thursday 21 May while Earlston Primary held two sessions, […]

FOR PARENTS – PASS IT ON!

We’re getting towards the end of term and many members will be welcoming a whole new set of parents to your school. Whether they are P1 or S1 parents, we want to make it easy for you to share information about the benefits of SPTC membership with everyone. You can download a poster version of […]

Media issues for April

Higher Education Several colleges did not handle cuts in the number of senior staff during a major reform programme as well as they could have, according to the public spending watchdog (BBC News, 02/04/2015) Budget watchdog says Scotland’s further education colleges managed their finances and organisation well through the process of merging into bigger public […]

New performance data available on Parentzone

Today new information on performance of leavers from S4-S6 has been added to the Parentzone Scotland website this year, in line with the ongoing implementation of Curriculum for Excellence. The new information covers five areas: initial leavers destinations attainment in literacy and numeracy of school leavers attainment in context of deprivation by SIMD quintile for […]

Media issues for January 2015

Employment £145,000 Scottish Government support to help young people into jobs (Scottish Government, 02/01/2015) Nicola Sturgeon may have taken Scotland’s highest political office but in other industries women are struggling. Julia Belgutay asks what education can do to bridge the gender divide (TESS, 09/01/2015) A new programme to help women from ethnic minority backgrounds in […]

Parent Council Essentials – the next steps – Kelso

Parent Council Essentials 2 is a great session for both new and more experienced Parent Council members, but we advise that you should have already attended Parent Council Essentials (PCE) to learn about the basics of how to run your Parent Council, as PCE 2 follows up on some of the issues raised in that […]

Media issues for November 2014

Governance Removing schools from local authority control and setting up a national body to deliver education services could be one way to deal with looming cuts to public spending in Scotland, a parenting group has suggested. (Evening Times, 04/11/2014) Candidates are being sought for a new independent panel to make final decisions on school closure […]

Organising Social & Fundraising Events

This session has been designed to answer the questions we are asked most frequently on this topic. It gives you an opportunity to pick up new ideas but also to learn about running events safely and efficiently, with information on everything from insurance to money handling. If you would like to register for this event […]

Involving and recruiting diverse parents – Aberdeen – CANCELLED

THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED. For more information please contact the office at sptc@sptc.info or 0131 474 6199

Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) Ambassador’s Conference – September 2014

September 2014 On 29 September the Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) held its Ambassador’s Conference at the Playfair Library, Edinburgh. SCEN was founded in 2006 with the aim of bringing together organisations and individuals with an interest in promoting the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture. The theme of the conference was ‘Chinese: […]

Involving and recruiting diverse parents – Falkirk

The session should give you lots of ideas on how to reach parents who are not as involved as they could be due to different barriers: along the way we will answer some of your questions and might even bust a few of the myths surrounding parental involvement. Our session ‘Engaging and recruiting diverse parents’ […]

Glenrothes High School Cluster

If you would like to register for this event then please drop us an email at sptc@sptc.info or call us on 0131 474 6199 and let us know your name, school and contact details. All training sessions  are  free of charge but we need to have an idea of numbers and a way of contacting you should the event […]

Focus on Communications – Bonnyrigg

For more information about this session please click here If you would like to register for this event then please drop us an email at sptc@sptc.info or call us on 0131 474 6199 and let us know your name, school and contact details. All training sessions  are  free of charge but we need to have an idea of numbers […]

Parent Council Essentials – Grangemouth

For more information about this session please click here If you would like to register for this event then please drop us an email at sptc@sptc.info or call us on 0131 474 6199 and let us know your name, school and contact details. All training sessions  are  free of charge but we need to have an idea of numbers […]

19 Meaningful questions you should ask your child’s teacher

Edutopia published this article in August all about questions that parents can ask their child’s teacher in order to better clarify what’s happening in the classroom. We applaud any effort to close the gap between parent and classroom however we feel that some of the questions were worded from the perspective of an educational professional rather […]