Articles tagged with: parental involvement

What is a Parent Council?

Click here to download PDF version   What is the Parent Forum? The 2006 Parental Involvement Act states that every school in Scotland has a Parent Forum which consists of all the parents/carers who have a child at the school. They are automatically members, whether they like it or not!   The Parent Forum can expect […]

Do we need a PIPA test for our bouncy castle?

Can we include stallholders in our insurance?

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 […]

Oy, leave those kids alone!

We were fortunate enough to have Judith Hackitt, Chair of Health and Safety Executive, write this blog post for our website about the importance of play for children. Judith has written previously on the subject of young people and risk, you can find this on the HSE website. The Health and Safety Executive works to […]

What do young people and their parents want from self-directed support?

I Want the Same As You: Developing effective independent information and support services for children and young people accessing Self-directed Support The Social Care (Self-directed Support) Scotland Act 2013 came into force in 2014. Self-directed Support enables adults and children and young people to choose how their support is provided, and gives them as much control […]

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 […]

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. […]

Scottish Child Law Centre membership

The Scottish Child Law Centre provides free expert legal advice and information on Scots Law relating to children and young people under the age of 21.  All advice and information are available to children, young people, their families, carers and external organisations  by telephone and e-mail. They receive over 5,000 enquiries per year for our free […]

Sports day at Cortachy Primary School

No summer would be complete without a school sports’ day and in this field Cortachy Primary School never fails. Not the sunniest Friday afternoon June could offer for the event this year but only grey clouds presented themselves to the gathering, and mercifully no rain.  It would require a great deal more to ever dampen […]

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, […]

SPTC response to Education Committee’s Call for Evidence – May, 2015

The Education and Culture Committee is particularly interested in how schools and local authorities involve families, because better involvement with families can make a big difference to outcomes at school for children. The committee ran a survey a few months ago for parents on the topic, and they have been taking evidence from different organisations, […]


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 […]

Parents’ Voice – Protection of Vulnerable Groups Legislation, February 2015

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.  Our last survey was on the topic of the new National Qualifications and parents’ experiences of the new exam system. We wanted to hear any comments or suggestions for improving the […]

Media Issues for May

Languages The EIS made the move after members warned the current fashion for the Communist-funded Chinese classes was diverting attention away from core subjects like French, Spanish and, especially, German. (Herald Scotland, 04/05/2015) Attainment Gap At the 2007 Holyrood elections, the Scottish National party campaigned to “dump the debt” accrued by students at Scottish universities. […]

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 […]