Mar 052015

January 2015

Parentzone Scotland website for parents and carers

Be at the heart of your child’s learning is a new website to help parents and carers support their child’s learning. ​The content on the previous Parentzone website has been updated, developed and reviewed.​  Please pass on details of the Parentzone Scotland website to the parents and carers you work  with.  Contact us if you would like to be provided with the Parentzone Scotland logo to add to your website or  Facebook page.

Parentzone Scotland

Parentzone Scotland has new and updated content on:

  • Learning in Scotland – information about the curriculum from early years to beyond school;
  • Learning at home – helpful hints and tips on how parents and carers can support their children’s learning at home including literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing, and science;
  • Additional support needs – identifying needs, planning support and useful information about specific additional support needs;
  • Getting involved – how to get more involved in your child’s school, Parent Councils and information from the National Parent Forum of Scotland;
  • My School – contact details for every primary, secondary and special school in Scotland, information on school awards, links to school websites;
  • Improved navigation and search function; and
  • Links to other relevant websites.

Find out more on Parentzone Scotland (

If you would like further information or to provide feedback please contact us.

News for Parents and Carers email update

If you would like to receive Education Scotland’s quarterly News for Parents and Carers e-mail update, you can sign up here. There are also details of other bulletins on this sign up page which are published for staff and may be of interest.

If you would like further information or if you have any comments on Parentzone Scotland please contact us.​

Feb 052015

February Backchat from SPTC

It may be freezing out there, but there’s always a warm welcome at SPTC! And we’ve been doing a lot of welcoming recently – there has probably never been a busier time for parent calls and emails to our team, many of them with worries about what’s happening in their school or local authority. Shortages of teachers, education service cuts and queries about exams, 1+2 languages or additional support needs help: these are just some of the issues we’ve been responding to. Here’s what else you can read about in this edition

  • Parents’ Voice – we need you!
  • New SPTC resources
  • Lecture and AGM 2015 
  • Chance for your school to win £500

Read Backchat here. Hope you enjoy reading this issue – please let us know your thoughts on any of these or other education issues! All at SPTC

Nov 062014

SPTC News e-update
September 2014

Welcome to the latest update from SPTC – as we’re sure you’re aware we are busy preparing for the Scottish Learning Festival opening tomorrow! We’ve got loads of other updates to share with you though – read on to find out more.

Scottish Learning Festival
Tomorrow the Scottish Learning Festival will feature it’s first stand dedicated to parents. Parents Connect is run by ourselves and the National Parent Forum of Scotland and will feature Speakeasy discussion sessions as well as organisations who work with parents and some delicious home baking! We’re also running a prize draw for parents with fantastic prizes donated by John Wilson photography – see details at the bottom of the newsletter. If you would like to join us registration is still open – at no cost. Come and visit us at stand C27 on Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Parents’ Voice – CfE and Nationals
We’ve just released our new Parents’ Voice survey and this time we want to hear all about your experience with Curriculum for Excellence and the National Qualifications. This survey will run until Friday 17th October – if you would like to sign up to Parents’ Voice and become part of our growing pool of members who inform our decision making then please visit our website.

Gathered Together new and improved website
Our partnership project Gathered Together has rejuvenated their website! You can find resources for parents and parent councils on there with good ideas for those wanting to get more parents involved. Visit the website here.

Competition for parents

At Parents Connect, our stand at the Scottish Learning Festival dedicated to parents, we are teaming up with John Wilson photography to offer a special prize draw to parents and teachers who attend.

1st Prize:  A photoshoot and star pack of individual prints for everyone in one class—worth £22 per pack
2nd Prize:  A panoramic mounted class photo for everyone in one class—worth £14 per photo
3rd Prize: Compact digital camera for the school of the  winner’s choice— worth up to £80

All you need to do is enter your name and contact details – come and chat to one of the team!

Enquire map of services

Enquire, the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning has released a new resource, a map of services. The map shows services that provide education and family support for children and young people with additional support needs and covers the whole of Scotland – why don’t you have a look here? Or read about the map and why it was implemented on the Enquire website.

New audio conversations

We have added a new service to our website for members – a series of short conversations you can listen to or download to answer some of the frequently asked questions we received about running an effective Parent Council/PTA.
You can listen to ‘Constitutions‘ and ‘Agendas, Minutes and Meetings‘ on our website – any other suggestions for subjects then let us know!