Articles tagged with: education system

Cabinet Secretary publishes Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education: A Delivery Plan for Scotland – 28 June 2016

John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary, has today published his plan for the future of our education system. It’s hot off the press – have a read and we will too! No doubt there will be lots of discussion about it over the coming weeks and months – look forward to hearing your views. Delivering Excellence and […]

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 […]

SQA release statement on 2015 exam results

Today (4 August) the Scottish Qualifications Agency (SQA) announced the results for National Courses and Awards 2015. Results certificates are being sent to 142,862 candidates across Scotland. The candidates have been rewarded for completing coursework, exams and unit assessments throughout the academic year 2014-15 in a wide range of qualifications and subjects. Dr Janet Brown, SQA’s chief […]

Media Issues for August

School meals Do children go hungry in the school holidays? (BBC News, 03/08/2015) Benefit cuts mean this summer holiday has been even more hungry than usual (Guardian, 05/08/2015) PARENTS and carers of city pupils have ruled out any move to close or cut the number of breakfast clubs in schools. (Herald Scotland, 26/08/2015) Exam results […]

EFFE symposium report – May 2015

The European Forum for Freedom in Education (EFFE) held their ‘Improving Social Equity through Education’ seminar in Edinburgh, May 4 – 5th. This symposium brought together educationalists and policy makers from across the UK and mainland Europe in order to learn and consider how best to bring about change. During the symposium we heard from Dr Andreas Schleicher and Professor Pasi […]

Media issues for July

Named Person MINISTERS are under pressure to rethink controversial plans to appoint a state-appointed guardian to look after the welfare of every child in Scotland after dozens of groups raised concerns. (Herald Scotland, 01/07/2015) POLICE have warned of a “lack of clarity” over flagship government plans for every Scottish child to have a state-appointed guardian. […]

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 […]

Bridging the gap – school attainment to be focus for education committee – May 2015

The Education and Culture Committee has today (12 May) written to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on issues arising from the attainment evidence sessions. We gave evidence for this session back in April (you can read more about this here) This is part of committee’s work on the attainment gap and follows on from a […]

SPTC response to CYP Act Statutory Guidance – May 2015

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 is a wide-ranging piece of legislation, containing 18 parts and spanning policies that have developed over a number of years in relation to kinship care, care leavers, integrated services, pre-school education and GIRFEC. You may be aware that the government launched a consultation on the statutory guidance for […]

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 […]

Parents’ Voice – National Qualifications and Curriculum for Excellence, September 2014

Parents Voice is SPTC’s on-line survey group, comprising more than 1000 parents who receive occasional on-line surveys on topics relating to education and schooling. This year we surveyed parents on their experiences around the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence and the new National exams. Survey Background 2014 saw the first run of National Qualifications in […]

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 […]

Teacher Shortages – SPTC letter to Cabinet Secretary – October 2014

Over recent years concerns over teacher shortages in Scottish schools have been growing. Read below for SPTC’s letter to Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Mike Russell 6 October 2014 Mr Michael Russell MSP Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Scottish Government Victoria Quay Edinburgh EH6 6QQ Dear Cabinet Secretary Teacher Staffing in […]

Media issues for October 2014

Higher Education Undergraduates and employers reap benefits, says Alastair Sim. (Scotsman, 02/10/2014) A GROUNDBREAKING initiative to teach Advanced Highers to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds at a university hub rather than school has been backed by the Education Secretary. (Herald Scotland, 02/10/2014) EDINBURGH is the highest at 36th in the world, followed by Glasgow at 94, […]

Scottish Learning Festival 2014 – Raising achievement and attainment for all

As you may know SPTC along with the National Parent Forum of Scotland held a stand at the Scottish Learning Festival. ‘Parents Connect’ was the first ever  dedicated stand for parents at the SLF. We met loads of parents who had questions about running their group as well as those who wanted to find out more about […]

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 […]

Parliament Education Committee – Evidence on National Qualifications/Curriculum for Excellence – September 2014

SPTC was invited to submit evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee about the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence – read our full report here. We have had both formal and informal contact with thousands of parents and carers over recent years: they have responded to our surveys, emailed and phoned with their queries and […]