For all Parents and those in a Parenting Role in Tayside 

Thank you to those that were able to  respond to the survey  that was run last year to help us develop the Tayside Parenting Strategy.

We would now like to invite as many parents as possible to an event where we will share with you how the information gathered so far is helping us deliver the work.  It will also be an opportunity for you to talk with others about what is important to you in your role as a parent and to contribute to the next steps that need to be taken to deliver the improvements that matter to you.

The main session will be held in Dundee on Wednesday 27th March, 10am – 1:30pm, with lunch provided and transport available from Perth, Forfar and Arbroath. Click here to book your place.

If you can’t make it to this event, there will also be other opportunities in April in your local area.  For details of all these events, please see the attached flyer.  Click one of the links below to book your place:
Dundee – 18th April, 7pm-9pm at Harris Academy
Forfar – 23rd April, 7pm-9pm at Angus House
Crieff – 23rd April, 10am-noon at Strathearn Community Campus
Aberfeldy – 24th April, 10am-noon at Breadalbane Community Campus
Montrose – 24th April, 10am-noon at Montrose Town Hall
Perth – 30th April, 7pm-9pm at North Inch Community Campuis

Please feel free to pass this information on to any other parents or others with a parenting role that you think might be interested.

Online Safety Survey

Kirsty Macmillan, a PHD researcher at Heriot Watt University, is conducting research on online safety of children and young people on the autism spectrum, and how this compares to children without autism.

If you are the parent or carer of a child age 6 years and over, it would be great if you could participate in a 15 minute online survey, and upon completion, you’ll be invited to enter a prize draw to win a £100 Amazon voucher!

Please see the poster and links below, and feel free to share with other parents/carers of children with or without autism.

Click here to participate in the survey.

Link to Research Poster

A message from Mary O’Connor, Dundee’s National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) Representative

I thought I should take a few minutes and introduce myself. I am Mary and I am the Dundee representative on the NPFS. I have been the rep now for the last four years (it may be more!) I have four kids; the youngest is still at nursery with the oldest just starting his senior journey in S1.

The forum has members from across all Local Authorities in Scotland and we meet four/five times a year alternating between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The website for the forum can be found here – The twitter account is @parentforumscot and there is a Facebook page as well. I can be reached on and on Twitter @NPFSDundeeRep.

The forum meets to discuss all the developments in Scottish Education and John Swinney MSP is a regular attendee. We have representatives on lots of national groups and also provide parental feedback on a range of issues.

As ever, communication is the key to reach parents and I will from time to time be asking for feedback on areas to allow me to feed them into the discussions that we have as a group. If you have any questions on any of the areas highlighted by the forum then do not hesitate to contact me and I will feed any concerns into the office team.

Tayside Parenting Strategy

We need your views!

A Tayside Parenting Strategy is currently being developed and is now at a stage where views from parents and others who have a parenting role with children and young people are needed to help inform what the Strategy focuses on improving. We invite you to provide your views as an individual or as a representative of a group of parents or others with a parenting role through this survey link  The survey will close on 31st August 2018.  We would also be grateful if you could share the survey on to others that you feel will have an interest.

We’ve also attached a paper copy for those who prefer it –Tayside Parenting Strategy parent’s consultation
This can be scanned and emailed to

Thanks everyone!


Some upcoming children and family activities

Bug hunt with the Countryside Ranger Service on Wednesday 2nd August at Duntrune Community Garden from 1pm.

Dundee Waterfest Saturday 8 July

Ancrum Outdoor Centre team up with local watersports clubs to provide a host of fun filled family activities which are free to everyone. Experience a variety of watersports and activity displays including sailing, sea kayaking, and powerboating.

Family Drop In Event at Mills Observatory Wednesday 9th August 1pm

Outer Space/Inner Space researchers present an afternoon of activities for all the family. Drop in throughout the event and try lots of cool science activities. Free no need to book, just drop in

Pirate Fun Day on the Frigate Unicorn

A pirate themed day of fun and a pirate exhibition aboard the Frigate Unicorn. Saturday 29th July from 12 noon. Cost: Free entry for children

Saturday Studio at McManus Saturday 15 July

Meet the Artist team in the Learning Studio for creative, fun activities inspired by the museums displays, exhibitions and events. Free, no need to book, just drop in

These and more are listed at our Holiday/Leisure Category including links to other local Dundee websites such as Leisure and Culture Dundee, Library activities, Active Schools, Parks etc

Go to, select Dundee City and Holiday/Leisure Category and hit Search


What is the Cost of the School Day?

All parents want their children to enjoy school and get the most out of their education- but what happens when children from low income households don’t access to a computer at home to do homework or their family can’t easily afford to pay for class trips and after school clubs?

School costs can put children from low income families at risk of missing out on opportunities and feeling different, excluded or unhappy. And, as the Dundee Fairness Commission found out school costs can also put real pressure on families who are already struggling financially

I don’t think I’ve got back on my feet since the summer, since I went out and got everybody their school clothes, shoes, jackets, bags. I don’t think I’ve recovered from that. (Sarah, mother of 4)

It was on the recommendation of the Fairness Commission that Dundee City Council commissioned the Child Poverty Action Group to deliver a Cost of the School Day project. Between April 2017- March 2018 the Cost of the School Day team will be working with 16 schools across Dundee. The project will speak to parents, children and school staff to understand how school costs impact on children and their families, identify where schools are already successfully removing cost barriers and getting the whole school community involved in developing solutions to address the costs of the school day.

The Cost of the School Day project has already been run successfully in Glasgow and has helped schools and the council to better understand the experiences of low-income families and how school costs can affect them and make changes to ensure that all pupils are able to participate and benefit from school. In Glasgow it has helped schools take action to better support low income families including changing uniform suppliers, improving how they promote Free School Meals, cutting down the number of non-uniform days and many more. As one head teacher said,

The biggest impact for our school, as a result of being involved in the Cost of the School Day project is that it really has made us all stop and think. I cannot emphasise enough that this project is not just an initiative, it is about changing mind-set that will grow and have further impact on the decisions made in our establishment (Head teacher, Glasgow)

If you would like to find out more about the project and how you can get involved please get in touch with Marion Fairweather (Cost of the School Day project Manager) on

Dundee Schools Music Theatre is gearing up for another busy year of show business!

Dundee Schools Music Theatre is gearing up for another busy year of show business!
The S3/4 cast are busy developing the musical “The Wiz”. This is a modern and funky take on the classic “The Wizard of Oz”. The timeless tale of Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz is set to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. This show is sure to have the audience dancing in the aisles as Dorothy & her friends head on down the yellow brick road!
(Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th, Friday 25th, Saturday 26th August. Gardyne Theatre.)
Our S5/6 group will be performing the wonderful “Sister Act”. This fantastic Musical Comedy based on the feel-good film will have you REJOICING! Great songs, routines and a special story is one for the whole family to enjoy.
(Wednesday 30th, Thursday 31st, Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September. Whitehall Theatre)
DSMT Back To Back company are facing one of the biggest challenges DSMT have faced yet. This multi award winning adaption of the original chart topping album tells the compelling tale of a boy traumatised into catatonia. As an adolescent, he is discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball, a talent that puts him on the path to international superstardom. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired and amazed audiences for more than 40 years. Our Back to Back cast have approached this show with outstanding dedication and maturity. It is simply a show not to be missed.
Parental Advisory 14+
(Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th, Friday 18th & Saturday 19th August. Dundee Rep Theatre)
Please contact us on facebook: @dundeeschoolsmusictheatre or on twitter: @dundeeschoolsmt for ticket information!

Dundee Rep Young Illuminate and Youth Theatre

Young Illuminate is Dundee Rep’s Youth Theatre for young people with additional support needs. This Spring we will oer a FREE six week drama programme specifically for secondary school pupils with additional support needs. It will start on Thursday 18th May 6-7pm at Dundee Rep.

This is a great opportunity for young people of all abilities to engage with theatre in this fun, safe and supportive creative space. For parents, the cafe will be open so you too can enjoy some time and space whilst your young person is in youth theatre.

Places must be booked in advance and we would encourage you to contact us regarding any aspect of your young person’s needs, to support their participation.

We also have a regular Saturday youth theatre for children of primary school age with additional support needs that takes place on Saturdays from 2.30-3.30 pm. As part of our Rep Youth Theatre programme, a small fee is charged for classes but supported places are available for families facing financial difficulties. This is a fun and nurturing group that supports participants to make creative decisions and develop confidence within group working.

To book for either session, please contact Karen Robertson on

01382 342 660 or

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