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Hello! We hope everyone had a restful and/or fun-filled Easter break. We’re heading in to the final term for this school year. Here is your April news for parents and carers.

For daily updates on what is going on in Scottish education and the latest news for parents and families, make sure you’re connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.

We hosted our AGM & Lecture on 23 March and it was a fantastic evening! Thanks to all who came along and to those of you who listened online to our live broadcast of Dr Janet Goodall’s lecture. If you missed it, you can listen back to the lecture on RadioEdutalk online and Dr Janet Goodall’s slides are available for download on that page as well.

Usually we only have one event a year, but this year is special – it’s our 70th Birthday! We’re planning something special, so keep an eye out for news about that in the next few months..

What does your school run look like? For April’s Parents survey, we’re working with Sustrans, a national transport charity, who are conducting a survey to better understand the concerns and challenges of school travel faced by parents. They will use your answers to shape their services, resources and initiatives.

Click here to take part
Please take this opportunity to have your say. For more information about Sustrans and what they can do for your child’s school please contact: schools-scotland@sustrans.org.uk

This survey will close on Monday 24 April.

If your child has access to Glow, they will now be able to download all the Microsoft Office 2016 applications for free, through their Glow account. This offer is available for use on up to 15 personal devices; up to 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets (Windows, iPad and Android) and 5 phones.

The Office apps – which include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote provide a learning platform that translates beyond school and into the world of work.

To download the Office 2016 apps, log in to Glow and either click on the Download Office Now tile or go to the Office 365 Home tile and once in O365, click on “Install Office 2016” at the top right of the page. Click here for more information.

It’s almost membership renewal time again! If the contact details of your parent council have changed since August 2016, please get in touch with us and let us know! We will shortly be sending out renewal information and membership packs for the upcoming year.

Email sptc@sptc.info

 Things to look out for

We’re hiring in Edinburgh and the Lothians. We’re looking for a new Regional Adviser to deliver our Information and Training Sessions in schools in the area.

Full training will be given, we’re just looking for someone who is confident and organised. A background in training or education would be beneficial, an interest in parental engagement is essential.

If this sounds like you, contact Eleanor at eleanor@sptc.info or call 0131 474 6177. Click here for more information and a full job description.

Remember to keep an eye out on our EventBrite page to see if any of our free training sessions are happening in your area.

Bikeability Scotland is a cycle training programme that supports more than 33,000 children to develop an essential life skill every year. This national scheme is designed for delivery within the school setting (typically P5-S1), and comprises of 3 main levels, aimed at supporting the next generation of confident and responsible cyclists.

When your child takes part in the Bikeability Scotland cycle training scheme at
school, they’ll learn how to ride confidently and safely; skills that will stay with them forever.

Bikeability Scotland cycle training is happening now in schools across the country. Join the Revolution – Find out more at bikeability.scot

Our Partnership Schools Scotland project has been featured in the April-May copy of Children in Scotland magazine. Read the article here.

Over on the SPTC Blog, Nick Thorpe from Fathers Network Scotland is looking at the evidence around the importance of father-child relationships, and our Executive Director Eileen has been trying to clear up some of the confusion around what is really happening with National 5 next year.

Our Annual Report for 2015-2016 and the Our Year in Numbers summary are now available to view on the SPTC website. You can find them here.

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Places are available on a free, practical training course on 15 June, designed to increase parents’ and carers’ awareness of bullying and the other risks and challenges children and young people face online. The course, organised by Scotland’s Anti-Bullying Service RespectMe, includes a hands-on session on social media, looking at how to set and manage profiles and privacy settings. Email for further information and to book a place.

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the NPFS

Parents, we are looking for your views! As you may be aware, Scottish Government are currently consulting on a review of Governance.  In simple terms this would affect how your school is run.  We would love it if you could reply to this email answering these four questions: How do we want schools to be run? Where should influence lie? What adds value to the learning experience? What should parents do ( within education)?

If you’ve got time to consider the review in more depth, there are some further questions here

National 4s

We are also gathering information on parents’ perceptions of the National 4 qualification.  If your child has sat a N4 it would be great to her your views in this short survey:


Nov 182016


Hello! November is here already with its short days, long nights and cold, cold weather. It’s not long now until the Christmas holidays and there’s lots of exciting things to be planning and thinking about! Here’s the news for parents this month.

For daily updates on what is going on in Scottish education and the latest news for parents and families, make sure you’re connected with us on Facebook and Twitter


This short questionnaire is for all members – it will take no more than ten minutes to complete. It includes questions taken from the Scottish Government’s Governance Review which looks at how education is run in Scotland. We will use your answers to give the Government feedback on their proposals, making sure that parents’ opinions are represented in this important review. There are also some questions about the work we do at SPTC. Filling this out will help us improve our services.

There are three ways to complete the survey:
You can complete it online here – www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/sptcgovrev
Get in touch with us and we can send you a copy via e-mail which you can either e-mail back to us or;
Print it off then return a hard copy to us by post.


As you know, we’re an organisation for parents, run by parents. If you are passionate about improving parental engagement in schools, why not consider becoming a director on the SPTC Board? We’re especially looking for people with business skill such as HR, accountancy or legal but we welcome applications from any parent or teacher who is passionate about our cause. If this sounds like you, contact us for a nomination form.
Deadline for submissions: 31 December


That’s the title of our new continuous professional development course for teachers, which we launched in Shetland last month. We’ve already had some fantastic feedback, so we’re really excited to be delivering the course in both Glasgow and Aberdeen at the beginning of 2017. Places are filling up quickly, so if you’re an educator who is interested in improving parental engagement in your school, get in touch with us!



It’s the time of year for planning Christmas fairs and discos. If you need inspiration, have questions about how to run an event or have questions about your membership-linked insurance cover, you can find all of this and more on the SPTC website.

If you can’t find the answer to your question on our website, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

booksThings to look out for books


Is a new Xbox or Playstation top of the Christmas list this year? Are there old games consoles in your house that are heading for the bin in the Christmas clear out? Get Well Gamers UK is a fantastic charity that accepts donations of old consoles and games to give to sick children in hospitals across the UK. If you’d like to donate please send a quick email to hello@getwellgamers.org.uk

This is a date for your diaries: 23rd of March 2017. That’s when SPTC will be holding our annual AGM and Lecture in Glasgow [venue tbc] and we’d love to have you along. We’re excited to be welcoming Dr Janet Goodall from Bath University as our keynote speaker. Janet has done lots of excellent work on meaningful parental engagement in children’s learning, especially as a means of school improvement. Get in touch to reserve your place. Stay tuned for more information!


Did you see our guest post from Child Poverty Action Group about the true cost of a school day? There are some great ideas for PCs and PTAs on how to make school activities inclusive for low-income families. Take a look – http://scottishptc.blogspot.co.uk/


Thanks to everyone who took part in the latest Parent’s Voice survey which focused on the Upstart Scotland campaign. We had a great response, we’ll publish the results soon. The next Parent’s Voice survey won’t be until January 2017 as we focus on the members and governance review survey on the run up to Christmas.


November is the busiest month of the year for retail. Black Friday falls on the 25th of November this year. If you’re like us and will be doing your Christmas shopping from the comfort and warmth of your own home, why not raise money for your group through easyfundraising. Find out more about this here – http://www.sptc.info/sptc-partnership-easyfundraising/

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