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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. […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation: Launch of Report – April 2014

30 April 2014 Report by Jeanna Brady The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Digital Participation Inquiry has been exploring how digital technologies and the internet are used by the public, businesses, government and charities on a day to day basis.  In December 2013 the Inquiry published an Interim Report which presented its emerging findings and recommendations […]

EPA General Assembly and International Conference , Challenges for Parents in the Digital Age 2014

4 & 5 April 2014 Lisbon, Portugal. The conference was hosted by Colégio Fomento and was attended by Sally Walker. Colégio Fomento is the principle establishment for the schools visited. Report On the morning of Friday 4 April, we had a trip to Colégio Pedro Arrupe.  This is a mixed private school for children between […]

Media issues from August 2013

Education Academics at the London School of Economics find that devolution has failed to substantially improve Scotland’s education system. (15/08/13, The Scotsman) A YouGov study says that 62% of those questioned in Scotland preferred state-run schools – the highest figure in the UK. (28/08/13, The Herald) Curriculum for Excellence The SQA says that schools are […]

July’s media issues

Families One in five parents are now struggling to feed their children and are skipping meals or relying on hand-outs. (The Scotsman, 02/07/13) According to a survey by the Family and Childcare Trust, the rising cost of childcare could lead to more children being left home alone over the summer. (BBC website, 15/07/13) Children A […]

Parents’ Voice Bullying Survey, June 2013

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. The most recent Parents Voice survey was on the topic of Bullying. Key Findings:  75% of respondents feel quite or very satisfied with the way an issue of bullying behaviour was […]

May’s media issues

Interesting news items for the month of May. Schools The SSTA teaching union is calling for criminal and civil action after a spate of end-of-term pranks ended in vandalism and violence.  Quote from SPTC: “… it would be a shame to criminalise pupils for so-called “muck-up” days … criminal behaviour cannot be defended.  However, it […]

March media issues

A round-up of topical news for the month of March. Teachers  Scotland’s two largest teaching unions – EIS and SSTA – have attacked a 1.2% increase in pension contributions for school staff. (Various, 01/03/13) The Scottish Government has warned teachers not to take industrial action over pension changes and say this would not be in […]

February’s media issues

A round-up of news from February 2013. Young people A survey carried out by 02 reveals that young men from families of skilled/semi-skilled workers are deeply pessimistic about their future and were more negative than youngsters from the poorest backgrounds. (BBC website, 05/02/13) Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson calls for young people to be offered […]

ICT in Education Excellence Group report, January 2013

The Government set up an Excellence Group in 2012 to look into next steps for best use of technology in schools. The group has published its final report. You can find it here

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