Jan 142016

“Heard a bit about Growth Mindset in schools and want to find out more?  Come along to our ‘Mindset Matters’ Workshop for Parent Council Reps!

Delivered jointly by Schools and Learning Staff and the Educational Psychology Service, this interactive workshop will take you through Carol Dweck’s theory of Growth Mindset and how it is being applied in schools.  We will discuss the use of praise and how this can contribute to fixed or growth mindsets and how we can all support children and young people in Angus to develop healthy mindsets towards learning.

This session will run twice, at the following times:

Tuesday 23rd February 6.30 – 8.30pm, Angus House, Forfar, Rooms A & B
Tuesday 15th March 6.30 – 8.30pm, Bruce House, Arbroath, Room A”

If you are interested in attending this event please email Morna Duncan at duncanmh@angus.gov.uk


Jan 122016






Happy new year and welcome to 2016! We’re kicking off the new year planning now for our next Annual Lecture (and AGM) on 8 March and working on possible changes to our membership for 2016-17. Members will soon receive a short survey to help us work out the best way to re-design our memberships, so you have more choice and flexibility about the member benefits you pay for.  Here’s what else you can read about in this issue

  • Parents’ Voice on IT and technology
  • What’s new with Partnership Schools?
  • Insurance changes
  • Your thoughts on the National Improvement Framework

Download your copy of Backchat and your leaflet on the role of the PC Treasurer.  We hope you enjoy reading this term’s issue – and remember Ordinary Members of SPTC are entitled to a paper copy of Backchat – just let us know that you would prefer to receive your copy this way. Telephone 0131 474 6199 or email sptc@sptc.infoAll at SPTC

Oct 192015


We are running a Parent Council Essentials training session at Cortachy Primary on 22 October. Please click on the link below to get more details of the event:


You can register by getting in touch with us.



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Oct 152015

Scottish National Parent Forum

The NPFS annual conference is taking place in Glasgow on Saturday 14th November. The conference is completely free, open to all and will be of interest to parents as well as practitioners. We hope to see you there! The conference will provide an excellent opportunity for parents to find out more about attainment and how to support their children’s learning. The keynote speech will be delivered by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance MSP, and there will also be a panel discussion for parents to put their questions to a range of experts. Delegates can choose from a range of exciting workshops delivered by SQA, Education Scotland, SDS, Scottish Government, Enquire, CALL Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Dumbarton Academy and St Bride’s Primary. Children are welcome to attend – there will be a free creche for under 5s and activities for 5-14 year olds. To book a place, please visit http://www.npfs.org.uk/conference/ or contact NPFS on conference@npfs.org.uk or 0131 313 8842.

Please click on the link below to view the flyer:


Oct 082015

Welcome to our October newsletter! We’re back in full swing working on new training sessions and resources to share with you. Read on to find out what we’re up to.

We’re hiring!

Would you like to join the busy SPTC office team? Or know someone who might? Do you have experience in Sage and strong admin skills? There’s a vacancy in the office in Edinburgh for the right person to take on this vital role, helping to manage our finances and keep the office ticking along smoothly. The hours are part time (21 per week) and can be worked flexibly. Starting salary £19,000 pro rata.

Download the application materials on our website.

What’s on at SPTC?

We’re rolling out some new training sessions for you to try – this time online!

We know that not everybody can physically be there for our training sessions and we want to make sure that our work is as accessible as possible.

Protection of Vulnerable Groups Legislation for PCs/PTAs

This session has been designed to give PCs and PTAs straightforward information on how the PVG system works and what you need to know. Click on the links below to register for your free place.

Monday 5 October: 12:00 – 13:30

Monday 5 October: 19:00 – 20:30

Social Media Surgery

This online forum will help you build your confidence around using social media effectively for your parent group.

Tuesday 27 October: 12:00 – 13:00

Thursday 29 October: 18:30 – 19:30

New resources from SPTC

We’ve been busy over the summer updating our services and producing new resources that will be useful for parents:

You may have also noticed that we’ve started the Eventbrite online booking system for our training sessions. This is so we can streamline our booking process and you’ll get a clear confirmation of your place and a reminder. Take a look at all our scheduled training sessions here.

‘Representing Parents in Europe: The First 30 Years’

The European Parents’ Association is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and is holding its Jubilee Conference ‘Representing Parents in Europe: The First 30 Years’ in Luxembourg. SPTC director Laszlo Novak is attending and we’ll post a report on the website. You can register for the event here.

Draft National Improvement Framework

First things first – don’t be put off by the dull name! The Draft National Improvement Framework is very important for parents. It’s about measuring and evaluating performance in schools and puts specific responsibilities on parents and carers as part of the process. Importantly the draft framework reintroduces standardised testing – read here for the key points.

It is really important that you make your feelings known about the framework and how this will impact on your child. Free tickets are going quickly for the consultation events so book now!

Digital engagement in education

We’ve sent out our latest Parents’ Voice on the topic of technology in the classroom. With increasing numbers of schools in Scotland using tablets, laptops and mobiles in the classroom we want to know how schools are engaging with parents so that they are not left behind.

You can take part in the survey by following this link. Or why not sign up to Parents’ Voice, our online survey group and take part in a variety of different surveys?

Become an SPTC Director!

SPTC directors are a mix of parents and teachers (though the chair must always be a parent). Any parent from an SPTC member group can stand for nomination to the board and you would have the opportunity to influence policy development for the good of all Scotland’s children.

Find out more about becoming a director and download the nomination forms on our website.

Safer Internet Day 2016 

Safer Internet Day 2016 takes place on 9 February with the theme Play your part for a better internet!

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

You can download resources to help your parent group or school get involved on the website.

Would your community cope well during a crisis?

The British Red Cross is looking to have contact with local groups, to find out how communities feel about resilience and to try and raise awareness of how best communities can bounce back from disruption.  If you would like to find out more please visit our website or contact David Karikas, Project Manager on 01463 79 66 15 or DKarikas@Redcross.org.uk

Consultations to get involved in

  • The General Teaching Council for Scotland is taking comments on its Registration and Standard rules – the proposed changes involve teachers qualified outside of Scotland. You can find out more about this consultation which closes on 2 November here.
  • The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on complaints relating to the Named Person and Child’s Plan – find out more here. This closes on 9 October.

The Scottish Government is intending to lodge further amendments at Stage 2 of the Education (Scotland) Bill – this includes the draft National Improvement Framework. To have your say write to ec.committee@scottish.parliament.uk by 3 November.

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