Additional Support Needs Family Forum
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Connect is the new name for the Scottish Parent Teacher Council.
At Connect (formerly Scottish Parent Teacher Council), they strive to make parental involvement in Scottish education as good as it can be. They do this by working with parents and educators and provide information, advice and training, all focussed on parental engagement in children’s learning.
They can be contacted at:
Helpline: 0131 474 6199 Facebook: ConnectScot
Snap Maps – Snapchat is an extremely popular app with young people and they have recently launched a new feature called Snap Maps. This location based map allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as seeing location based photos and videos.
Many young people will have ‘friends’ on Snapchat that they have never met in person, consequently, this could mean that those people are able to use Snap Maps to build up a picture of where your child lives, where they go to school and where they spend their free time.
It is therefore important that young people consider who they share this information with and they are encouraged to regularly update their privacy settings.
For further information on Snap Maps go to https://new.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/our-views/snap-maps/
“Parental and family engagement in their child’s education is a key factor in ensuring successful outcomes. We want to improve and increase ways in which parents and families can engage with teachers and partners to support their children and increase the voice of parents in leading improvements with schools.”
(National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education, 2016)
- “The school consistently involves parents and carers in shaping policy and services to improve impacts”
- “Staff support parents/carers to actively engage in their children’s learning, attainment and achievement.”
- “All parents/carers are fairly represented by the Parent Council and any views or complaints are acted upon in an effective and timely manner.”
(How Good Is Our School? 4th Edition)