SPTC News e-update – April 2014

Welcome to the latest news update from SPTC. We’ve been really busy here and are looking forward to the Easter break – we’re sure you all are too!

Annual Conference 2014 
Our 65th conference ‘Parents Working Together’ was a great success thanks to the fantastic parents who led workshops on a wide range of topics, from getting parents involved in the running of a school to using social media effectively to communicate with parents. We’ll be posting a full report of the day on our website, including feedback and all workshop presentations, so watch this space!

Bullying and Harassment survey
LGBT Youth Scotland and RespectMe are carrying out a survey exploring prejudice based bullying and harassment in schools. One of the surveys is aimed at all secondary school students across Scotland and one is for secondary school teachers to examine the ways they would deal with bullying behaviour. The survey results will help identify positive practice in schools and highlight things that could be improved. 

RespectMe is Scotland’s anti bullying service. They work with adults who have a role to play in the lives of children and young people to give them the practical skills and confidence to deal with bullying behaviour. RespectMe offer resources and training absolutely FREE OF CHARGE to help combat bullying behavior. To find out more about the organisation visit their website or see their list of upcoming training sessions.


Easter is fast approaching and what better time to raise funds for your parent council? Easyfundraising is a simple way for good causes in the UK to raise funds through online shopping. They’ve got loads of great ideas for raising money over the Easter holidays right here. It’s really simple to sign up as well; just follow this link!

Numeracy Counts
The Young Academy of Scotland have put together a resource to show the importance and relevance of numeracy skills. With talks from a cardiologist, astrophysicist and many more about how they use numeracy in both their jobs and day to day lives, this resource is useful to teachers and parents alike. To check it out please follow the link.

Website survey
We are closing our website survey at the end of this month! If there is anything we can do to make our site easier to use or any additions you would like to see then please let us know – take part in the survey here.

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Please click on the link below to access the feedback from the Parent Council Essentials – the next step meetings which where held on 11 & 12 February.

March 2014 session feedback

For Learners

Pointers for Parents and Pupils: pointersforparents

These Revision in a Nutshell subject guides supplement learning and revision in class. They are organised alphabetically, by subject, and cover the 20 most popular subjects. Please check with your teacher to ensure that the guides are relevant to you.  The SQA Specimen Paper and the marking instructions are the most important documents to look at – the BBC Bitesize guides are also really helpful and provide different revision materials.  Good luck! Feedback on these is very welcome.


Biology: N5
Business Management: N5
Chemistry: N5
Computing Science: N5
Design & Manufacture: N5
Geography: N5
Graphic Communication: N5
History: N5
Mathematics: N5
Modern Studies: N5
Physics: N5

Please click on link below to view Minutes

Parent Council Carnoustie – Minute 30 January 2014

Please click on link below to view Minutes

Parent Council – Minute 27 January 2014

Please click on file below to see leaflet.

Restorative approaches leaflet

March 2014
Welcome to our March newsletter – we’re busy over here at SPTC with preparations for our 2014 AGM and conference, Parents Working Together. To find out more about what we’ve got in store read on….
On 22 March we’re holding our AGM. As SPTC members we would love to see you there and to hear anything that’s on your mind. We’re proposing changes to our Constitution and Memorandum & Articles this year and want to find out what you think. It’s also the chance for you to nominate a director – or even consider standing! Find out more on our website.

Conference 2014
We’re also busy preparing for our conference – we’ve got an exciting range of parent led workshops, including recruiting head teachers, using social media, supporting your child’s home learning and getting dads involved in school life. Member parents pay £10 which includes your lunch for the day – why not use parent council funds to pay for a delegate? You’ll come back with loads of fresh ideas and inspiration for your parent group. Find your registration form here

5 x 50 challenge starts 30 March!
5 x 50 is a charity challenge encouraging people to run, walk, jog or cycle 5K (or 30 minute exercise equivalent) every day for 50 days with the aim of changing long term exercise habits. This year 5×50 are extending the challenge to young people by asking school communities to get involved. All proceeds from registration fees go towards Sport Relief and after that you can fundraise for any charity you choose! They’ve got loads of great ideas to make this challenge fun and enjoyable for youngsters – why don’t you check out our website for details?  

Flushed with Success
Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People are continuing their research about the quality of school toilets for young people. They want to find out the opinions of parents and carers of children with disabilities or long term health problems. Your opinions will be taken policy makers, support organisations, young people and schools and will help the discussion on how to achieve change so if you would like to take part in the survey please follow this link.


New Service from SQA

For any parents feeling unsure about the new national qualifications, SQA has a great resource on hand. Their Curriculum for Excellence Liaison team work with schools to support teachers in delivering the new exam system. They can be available for parents’ evenings, staff meetings and to meet other members of the school community; to find out more visit the SQA website.

Gathered Together News
Our partnership project Gathered Together have been hard at work this month, holding sessions all over Scotland with Fife Migrants Forum, Karibu, the International Women’s Group and EAL/ESOL classes, to name a few. We’ve also launched a new blog for the project and a new section on our website so that you can keep up to date on all of our projects.



Our Facebook page is growing in leaps and bounds with news about our information sessions, useful links and news stories posted daily. If there’s anything you’d like to see us doing why don’t you let us know?


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Thursday 27th March 9.30am-11.30am
Bring someone special to our coffee morning
We would love if you could support this event.
There will be various stalls on the day
Tombola, Cake & Candy, plants, and various crafts made by pupils.
Any donations would be greatly appreciated for tombola items before the day and cake and candy donations on the day or the day before.
Tea & coffee including a scone with cream & jam available for £2 and all children will receive juice and biscuit free of charge.

Thanks Jacqui Williamson

Please click on the link below to view the Lochside Primary School Parent Council “Lochside Voice Leaflet” which may assist you with ideas for your parent council.

Lochside Voice Leaflet

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