This update for 2013 replaces the previous post from 2012.
National Parent Forum of Scotland External Representation
The National Parent Forum of Scotland has, or has had, 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 – Iain Ellis
National Numeracy Network – Joe McLachlan
Standing Literacy Commission – John Rice
STEM agenda (various meetings) – John Rice
Outdoor Learning Network – Jason O’Flynn
General Teaching Council of Scotland – Tony Rafferty
ICT Reference Group - Tony Rafferty
Royal Society IT for Education Use enquiry - Tony Rafferty
Royal Society STEM subjects event - Tony Rafferty
Awards eg. Education Scotland Education Awards, Judging Learning through Technology award – various reps
Advisory Group for Additional Support for Learning (AGASL) – Billy Gibson, Louise Gough, Tina Woolnough
Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (CALL) Steering Group -Tina Woolnough
Group to Review of Guidance on education of children absent from school through ill health – Tina Woolnough
Curriculum for Excellence Implementation Communication Group – Joanna Murphy
Languages Working Group – Carol Snow
Early Years Task Force and Early Years Collaborative – Julie Wild
Scottish Qualifications Authority Advisory Group – Eric Lumsden
Scottish Immunisation Programme Steering Group – Alistair Todd
Computing Science in the Curriculum – Martyn Parsons
Learner Journey Sub-Group (of CfE Management Board) – Douglas Chapelle
The Scottish Government and Scottish Advisory group on Behaviour in Schools (SAGBIS) – Mary O’Connor
Hungry for Success (school meals) – Iain Ellis
Parental Involvement Stakeholder Group – Barrie Shepherd
CfE Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy – Joanna Murphy
Working group on use of mobile phone technology in schools – Martyn Parsons
We have also been involved in:
Holding focus groups on - Curriculum for Excellence; the Code of Practice for the Additional Support for Learning Act; Reasonable Adjustments for Disabled Candidates (with SQA)
One Planet Schools Working Group – Jason O’Flynn
Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport (PEPAS) Excellence Group - Alistair Todd
Teaching Scotland’s Future – National Partnership Group – Strategic Reference Group - Debbie Newlands
Wood Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce – Joanna Murphy
Commission on Rural Education – Bob Cree Smith and Jenna Storey
Devolved School Management – Eric Lumsden
Instrumental Music Group – Douglas Chapelle
The Scottish Learning Festival 2012 - Margaret Leitch and Joanna Murphy presented on parental involvement in learning
Representing Children’s Views (Children in Scotland) publication – Tina Woolnough
The Consultation on the Children and Young People Bill
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.
The Doran Review – We ran a large meeting to gather views to formulate our response to the Doran Review consultation
In previous years, we also attended 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.
Parents at National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) Focus Groups and events have been telling us that they wanted more information that explained the stages and progression through Curriculum for Excellence. We are pleased that the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell, is listening to parents and responding. The NPFS were happy to work alongside Scottish Government to produce the Learner Journey and Leaflet. It shows the commitment and determination of everyone involved to take account of the views of parents and to keep them informed. We would encourage all parents to read it and ask their teachers what it means in their school, for their child.”
Over the last few months, parents and carers have submitted their questions to the National Parent Forum of Scotland about Curriculum for Excellence and the new qualifications at our Qualifications Plus events and through our website. The answers to these questions are given in this NPFS – Qualifications Plus Events – Final draft QA and are provided by Education Scotland, Scottish Government and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
If you have any further questions, please share them with us via our website www.parentforumscotland.org or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Click here for the CfE Implementation e-bulletin for January 2013
I was delighted that the School Handbook guidance was launched today at Musselburgh Burgh Primary School this morning. The event signaled the delivery of our commitment to update the School Handbook to ensure that parents get the information they need from their child’s school.
School Handbooks are an important source of information for parents to help them support their child’s learning and their school’s improvement.
With Curriculum for Excellence embedded in all our schools, we carried out an extensive consultation with parents across the country to make sure that the information the School Handbooks provide is relevant to their needs. The National Parent Forum of Scotland helped us with organising and hosting these consultation events and I would like to thank them for their support and importantly, all the parents and carers that took part and provided their views. We are listening to parents and they have told us that they want to be involved in supporting their child’s learning and that they want their schools to be the best they can be.
Schools will publish the new School handbooks in December and will provide more information about how the school is delivering Curriculum for Excellence for all its pupils and what opportunities it provides for parental involvement.
We know that parents’ active involvement is a massive boost to a child’s learning and development as was the case at Burgh Primary in Musselburgh today, where parents were instrumental in improving the learning environment for children and active partners in supporting their learning. It was great to hear the pupils talking about their involvement with pride and confidence.
Dr Alasdair AllanNational Parental Involvement Coordinator
Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages
Launched along with Iain Ellis Chair NPFS and Lorraine Sanda National Parental Involvement Coordinator
This is a guide for parents about broad general education, the period from age three to the end of S3, covering all of the experiences and outcomes across all curriculum areas. It has frequently-asked questions about the period of the broad general education (BGE) including what children learn and how their learning is assessed, understanding learners’ progress and making choices for qualifications.
The latest issue of the CfE Implementation Bulletin has now been emailed to key stakeholders and is also available online.
Includes information about the following:
- new advice and guidance for NQs
- support materials and events
- S3 profiles
- CfE Briefings
- assessment support materials.