Articles tagged with: parents

Do we need a PIPA test for our bouncy castle?

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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 […]

New roles at SPTC – 31 March 2016

SPTC is recruiting new members of staff! Due to changes in the staff team and increased workload, SPTC has vacancies for the following positions: Communications Officer This person will be responsible for managing SPTC’s website and social media presence, organising major events and designing publications.  This is a full-time position and is based at our […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A guide to the SCQF for parents and carers

If your child is studying SQA qualifications, the chances are you’ll have heard about the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). SCQF (with the help of SPTC!) have produced this guide specifically for parents and carers. This guide will help you match up your child’s qualification or outside study to the relevant SCQF level. A guide […]

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, […]

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 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 […]

The role of office bearers & committee members – Edinburgh

If you would like to register for this event then please drop us an email at 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 […]

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 […]