Young Illuminate Dundee Rep

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.

To book, please contact Karen Robertson on

01382 342 660 or


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)

Following recommendations 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

Future Skills College Information Evening, 28th February

Future Skills College Information Evening Tuesday 28th February at 6.30pm, Dundee & Angus College, Gardyne Campus
An information evening will take place at Dundee & Angus College, Gardyne Campus, on 28th February at 6.30pm – 7.30pm.  This evening is for your young people who are thinking about plumbing, electrical or early education and childcare, as future careers.  You will be welcomed at the Gardyne Atrium, thereafter directed to the lecture theatre from there.

The Future Skills College is a unique opportunity that targeted at young people who are 16 years old by the end of August 2017.  The year long experience will consist of four days at college where they will study English and Mathematics at the level appropriate to them, as well as the coursework necessary for their chosen career.  One day per week will be on a work placement.  In addition there will be other activities designed to ensure that the young people are fully prepared to enter the workplace.
For young people participating in Early Education and Childcare there is a guaranteed Modern Apprenticeship in a local authority nursery if they successfully fulfil the criteria over the year, and for the young people in plumbing and electrical, the route will be onto an apprenticeship in the specific trade.
The young people will stay on their school role for the year and will be able to access any social activities such as the end of year dance, charity drives etc.
We look forward to welcoming you on the evening and answering any questions you may have.

Welcome to the new Dundee Parents Blog

Welcome to the new blog designed to share and celebrate news from Dundee schools, learners and parents!

This blog is designed to be a way of communicating between Dundee City Council and parents across the city. We will share key pieces of information and upcoming events with you.

Please note this blog allows for comments but it is not monitored daily. Any questions or queries should be directed to the appropriate school or event coordinator.

New Executive Director of Children and Families – Paul Clancy

New Executive Director of Children and Families

Dundee City Council has appointed Paul Clancy as the new executive director of its children and families service.

Mr Clancy is currently the city council’s head of service for secondary, 16+ and support for learners.

He will replace the current executive director Michael Wood, who is retiring in May.

Paul Clancy said: “I am absolutely delighted to be given this chance to take the children and families service in Dundee forward.

“While I am acutely aware of the challenges that we face in Dundee, I am confident that our very strong team here will continue its work to improve the opportunities for every child in in this city.”

Starting his career as a secondary teacher in 1985, Mr Clancy has served as a principal teacher, staff tutor, ICT education manager and educational development service head during his career.

Councillor Stewart Hunter, convener of the children and families service committee, said: “This is an excellent appointment as Paul Clancy has a strong track record of delivering for our pupils.

“The children and families service is allowing us to deliver for the young people of this city in a much more joined up and collaborative way.

“We want to make more of a difference for children and families, especially those facing major challenges, and close the poverty and attainment gap.

“I would also like to thank Michael Wood for his commitment and dedication as the first executive director of our children and families service.”

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