Articles tagged with: teachers

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 […]

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Teacher shortages summit announced

Six councils in the north east and north of Scotland have today (Wednesday 26 August) united to tackle teacher shortages in their schools. (Read the story on BBC News) This has concerned SPTC and our members for some time. We wrote to the former Cabinet Secretary on the topic in 2014 (download the letter here) as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

Concern over teacher assault figures

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has released a statement about the rise in reported assaults on teachers in Scottish schools. Read the statement below and if you have any comment please comment at or 0131 474 6199 SCHOOL ASSAULT FIGURES RAISE QUESTIONS OVER STAFF CUTS The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), the country’s […]

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, […]

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 […]

Media issues for September 2014

Child Protection Postgraduate certificate from NSPCC Scotland and Stirling University wants to equip practitioners for the reality of their work. (Guardian, 01/09/2014) Religion SCOTLAND’S denominational schools would be given constitutional protection in the event of independence, an SNP Government minister has claimed. (Herald Scotland, 15/09/2014) Health A hundred schools across Scotland are attempting to drive […]

Media issues for August 2014

Exams  NEW school qualifications have been hailed a success after more than a year of upheaval in the classroom, although pass rates at Higher and Advanced Higher have fallen. (Herald Scotland, 05/08/2014) TENS of thousands of school students across Scotland will receive their exam results today, with the pass rate falling slightly for the first time in […]

Scottish Learning Festival 2014

STOP PRESS – SPTC AND NPFS JOINING FORCES AT LEARNING FESTIVAL We’re very excited to let you know about a new joint project we’re organising with the National Parent Forum of Scotland – and to get you a date for your diary! Together we’ll be running the Parents Connect zone at the Scottish Learning Festival […]