Following on from the ASN Technology Parent Information Day, Kate Farrell has shared the presentation she gave. The presentation deals specifically with the use of ipads to support children with ASN but also deals with technology in general.
SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) is the body responsible for developing the new qualifications for Scotland. The ‘Mythbuster’ section of their website seeks to record and address questions that are coming in from a variety of places. It can be reached through the side panel in any of their CfE pages or by clicking here.
SQA has asked us to flag up the arent area of their website which gives a nice video introduction to the new qualifications that are being developed. You may have heard about Curriculum for Excellence from your child or from your child’s school. Curriculum for Excellence is the new approach to learning in schools which will help to prepare children for the twenty-first century. SQA is developing the new qualifications your child will study. This section of their website tells you what you need to know about the changes. Click the SQA logo or this text here to access.
The 2012 National Parent Conference will be held on Saturday 6th October at Bishopbriggs Academy
National Parent Conference 2011
Curriculum for Excellence
One Year On
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The Keynote Speech by Angela Constance
Closing Address by David Cameron
You can nominate individual parents, Parent Councils or someone who is supporting parents to help their children.
Last year we, the National Parent Forum of Scotland had the privilege to take part as judges, it was a great experience and gave us an insight to all the tremendous work going on across the country.
We will be involved again this year not only as judges but, also by promoting it, especially the Parents as Partners in Learning Award.
We need to show off all the tremendous work that parents are doing to support not only their children but, all children across Scotland, they contribute so much to Scottish Education and this is a great way to recognise and value it.
Let’s highlight all the different ways this happens by nominating as many as we can.
Log onto: www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk and get started.
National Parent Forum of Scotland External Representation
The National Parent Forum of Scotland has representatives on the following national working groups and organisations. We have our own working groups, comprised of our reps from across Scotland, who gather and feed views and experiences into these national bodies. Views are also sought from all our reps who in turn cascade information out to parent councils in their local authorities. Some local authorities do not yet have mail lists for parent councils in their areas and we are working to improve this. We are currently building communication networks across the country, to create opportunities uniformly for involving parents and parent councils.
Curriculum for Excellence Management Board – Joanna Murphy
National Numeracy Network – Joe McLachlan
Outdoor Learning Network – Jason O’Flynn
One Planet Schools Working Group – Jason O’Flynn
Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport (PEPAS) Excellence Group - Alistair Todd
General Teaching Council of Scotland – Tony Rafferty
ICT Reference Group Tony Rafferty
Teaching Scotland’s Future – National Partnership Group – Strategic Reference Group - Debbie Newlands
Commission on Rural Education – Charlotte Harrison
Advisory Group for Additional Support for Learning (AGASL) – Billy Gibson
Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (CALL) Steering Group -Tina Woolnough
Languages Working Group – Carol Snow
Early Years Task Force – Julie Wild
We have also been involved in:
Learning Technologies Strategy – Kiran Oza
McCormac Review – a group from the National Parent Forum of Scotland met with the Review Group, and submitted evidence (led by David Mitchell)
New Inspection Framework Consultation – Joanna Murphy sat on the HMIe External Review Group that provided advice to HMIE
New Guidance for Work Experience in schools - John Rice provided input to this
School Handbook Consultation – all
Curriculum for Excellence Fact Files – the National Parent Forum of Scotland Curriculum for Excellence working group initiated the Overview of Key Terms and Features and contributed others in the series
Enquire – we contributed to Enquire’s April newsletter, suggesting how parent councils could involve parents of children with additional support for learning needs and also contributed to Enquire’s ‘Steps to Avoid and Resolve Disagreement’ information sheet.
We also attend national events such as the Big Picture Event, the ‘No Mind Left Behind’ conference, the Enquire National Seminar – Working Smarter together for additional support, in order to ensure that parent voices are heard and that their views are represented.
Who does what in Scottish Education?
The Scotland Act 1998 gave the Scottish Parliament power to make laws on devolved matters. Education and training is a devolved matter. (others include health and social services, law and order, local government, sport and the arts). Employment and Social security are amongst the reserved matters.
The Scottish Parliament comprises of elected Members of the Scottish Parliament and is the law-making body for all devolved matters. The Parliament considers proposed legislation and scrutinises the activities and policies of the Scottish Government through debates, parliamentary questions and the work of committees.
Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) represent their constituents and can take a number of actions in the Scottish Parliament, including putting forward an issue for or speaking in a debate in the Parliament, introducing a bill or proposing changes to the law. Ask questions of the Scottish Government. The MSPs in the other parties with responsibility for Learning/Education are:
|Scottish Parliament – Party Spokespersons|
|Scottish Labour||Ken McIntosh||Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning|
|Scottish Labour||Clare Baker||Shadow Minister (Education)|
|Scottish Conservative||Liz Smith||Education and lifelong learning spokesperson|
|Scottish Liberal Democrat||Liam McArthur||Education Spokesperson|
|Green||Patrick Harvie||Co-Convener of the Scottish Green Party|
The main committee in the Parliament that deals with education related issues is the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee. The committee ask relevant parties to provide written or oral evidence if they are scrutinising an issue. The NPFS has been asked to provide evidence. The committee members are:
|Scottish Parliament – Education and Culture Committee|
|Convener||Stewart Maxwell||SNP, West Scotland|
|Deputy Convener||Claire Baker||Labour, Mid Scotland and Fife|
|Member||Clare Adamson||SNP, Central Scotland|
|Member||Jean Urquhart||SNP, Highland and Islands|
|Member||Jenny Marra||Labour, North East Scotland|
|Member||Joan McAlpine||SNP, South Scotland|
|Member||Liam McArthur||Lib Dem, Member for Orkney Islands (Highland and Islands)|
|Member||Liz Smith||Conservative, Mid Scotland and Fife|
|Member||Marco Biagi||SNP, Member for Edinburgh Central (Lothian)|
|Clerk of the committee||Terry Shevlinemail@example.com|
Scottish Government (previously known as the Scottish Executive) is responsible for deciding how the country is run for devolved matters. It makes policy and implements laws that have been passed by the Scottish Parliament. The current Administration is the Scottish National Party (SNP) who won a majority of seats in 2011. Alex Salmond is the First Minister and Head of the devolved Scottish Government. He is supported by 9 Cabinet Secretaries and 10 Ministers. Mike Russell is Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance is the Minister for Youth Employment, Aileen Campbell is the Minister for Children and Young People and Dr Alasdair Allan is the Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages. Ministers are responsible for development, implementation and presentation of Government Policy.
Scottish Government is managed by a Strategic Board of Directors (the civil service top table) who are responsible for different areas of responsibility. The top Civil Servant in Scotland is Sir Peter Housden and he is the Chair of the Strategic Board. The Director-General for Learning and Justice is Leslie Evans. Sara Smith is (Director for Learning) and Jackie Brock (Deputy Director with responsibility for Curriculum, Health and Wellbeing). Parental Involvement sits within Jackie’s area of responsibility.
Scottish Government is made up of Civil Servants. Learning Directorate is structured as follows:
(see http://www.scottish.pariament.uk/PublicInfomrationdocuments/SP-SG5202_g.pdf for the difference between the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government)
Education Scotland is Scottish Government’s new integrated national development and improvement agency for education, charged with providing support and challenge to our education system, right through from the early years to adult learning. It brings together the work of Learning and Teaching Scotland, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education and some functions currently carried out by Scottish Government. As an Executive Agency of the government, Education Scotland agrees its broad strategic plan with Ministers, but also operates with a high degree of independence in turning that plan into practical action.
Dr Bill Maxwell, former HM Senior Chief Inspector of HM Inspectorate of Education, was appointed the transitional Chief Executive Officer of Education Scotland, effective from 2 May 2011 for one year. The Corporate Management Group consists of:
- Bill Maxwell – Chief Executive
- Alan Armstrong – Director of Curriculum and Assessment
- Alastair Delaney – Chief Inspector (school inspection programme, business planning strategy)
- Anne Jardine – Director of Learning and Community (delivery of many key aspects of CfE incl early years, supporting learners, community learning and development, integration of the Positive Behaviour Team)
- Kay Livingston – Director of International Research and Innovation (international issues, GLOW and emerging technologies, integration of CPD Team)
- Catherine MacIntyre – Professional Adviser, Policy and Governance (development and delivery of corporate and education policies, advising the Management Board and managing Chief Executive’s business unit)
- Neil McKechnie – Chief Inspector (inspection programme in special schools, inclusion, diversity and equalities agenda, learning and development strategy)
- Ken Muir – Chief Inspector (school inspection programme for secondary schools and further education, inspection policy)
- Gill Robinson – Chief Inspector (inspection and capacity building programmes in LAs and CLD, local authority scrutiny strategy)
- Stuart Robinson – Director of Corporate Services (corporate services incl. finance, HR, communications, estate, business management and administration)
- Maggie Tierney – Organisational Development Programme Director (developing and implementing the organisational development programme to ensure successful change management of business processes and structures and staffing arrangements for Education Scotland)
Education Scotland has appointed six non-executive members to its Management Board. Two of the members of the Management Board are also on the Audit and Risk Committee. Three other persons have also been appointed to serve on this committee.
- Moi Ali FRSA has worked for the last 25 years in communications. She now runs her own consultancy specialising in communications and customer experience
- Sir Andrew Cubie CBE, FRSE has had a long involvement in issues of education and lifelong learning.
- Louise Hayward is a professor in the School of Education in the University of Glasgow.
- Gary Kildare is Global Vice President of HR for the IBM Corporation
- Iain Nisbet is a solicitor and is Head of Education Law at Govan Law Centre where he represents parents and pupils, particularly in the field of additional support needs
- Graeme S Ogilvy BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA, FCMI, FRSA has worked in the civil engineering and building construction industry for some 30 years and he is a director of Construction Skills Scotland.
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
SQA is the national body in Scotland for the development, accreditation, assessment and certification of qualifications other than degrees and some professional qualifications. It is responsible to the Scottish Government for the credibility, reliability and worth of its qualifications.
SQA is run by a Board of non-executive members and an executive management team. Board members are appointed by the Scottish Government and are representative of the wide educational establishment in Scotland. An Advisory Council, established under the Scottish Qualifications Authority Act 2002, provides for input from key stakeholder groups to provide advice and guidance to the Board on policy and operational issues.
The Chief Executive is Dr Janet Brown. The organisational structure can be seen on the following link:
COSLA is the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, and is the representative voice of Scottish local government and also acts as the employers’ association on behalf of all 32 Scottish Councils. There are 32 directly elected Councils in Scotland and 1,222 elected councillors who are elected every 4 years. Councils are responsible for the delivery of local services including education. COSLA represents collectively the Councils to Scottish Government. The key people involved in COSLA are:
|President||Cllr Pat Watters CBE||Labour, South Lanarkshire|
|Vice President||Cllr Neil Fletcher||Lib Dem, Aberdeen City|
|Vice President||Cllr Alex MacDonald||Independent, CNES|
|Vice President||Corrir McChord||Labour, Stirling|
|Vice President||Cllr Rob Murray||SNP, Angus|
|Executive Group – Education, Children and Young People||Cllr Isabel Hutton||SNP|
|Head of Education, Children and Young People||Robert Nicol||Lead Official|
Information on Local Councils can be found at: http://www.cosla.gov.uk/councils
ADES is the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland They are an independent professional network for leaders and managers in education and children’s’ services. They work in partnership with local and national government and other agencies. The current ADES President is Glen Rodger, Director in Borders. Ken Greer, Fife is the Vice-President. Bruce Robertson, former Director, provides a link between Scottish Government and ADES, a post funded by Scottish Government. . See www.adesscotland.org.uk
Some other organisations with links to education:
Children in Scotland – national agency for those working with children and families (which also incorporates Enquire) – funded partly by Scottish Government – www.childreninscotland.org.uk
Parenting Across Scotland – partnership of charities supporting children and families – funded partly by Scottish Government www.parentingacrossscotland.org
Skills Development Scotland – a non-departmental public body which delivers careers, skills and training services www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk
General Teaching Council for Scotland – independent professional regulatory body for teachers
Click on link below to view final pdf from the Conference
Iain Ellis, Chair, National Parent Forum Of Scotland September 30, 2011
Thanks to everyone for their contributions to the debate so far. We have had a fantastic response. Following the NPFS Conference on Saturday.
Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning September 30, 2011
I have noted with interest the different comments in the debate about standards and improvement in our schools @T2ERL @terribly smith @frasershaw. As Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, there is no one more committed than I to improving attainment and raising and realising ambition for all children in our schools. I have already brought together a group of head teachers for a short-term period to advise us how to drive forward attainment in all schools and nurseries. We have many good schools and many good teachers, as evidenced from our results in PISA where we have routinely performed at or above the OECD average in reading, maths and science. Within this positive context we do however know that our performance declined relative to other leading nations from 2000 to 2006. It is pleasing to see that this fall was arrested in 2009. But I am ambitious for improvement. Curriculum for Excellence is our response to that challenge and that is why I am continuing to support teachers and others to ensure that all our young people get the chance to be as successful as they can. There are challenges of course, but I would like to work with Parent Councils and parents to ensure that weenhance the chances of all our children.
Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning