The National Parent Forum of Scotland was set up to give Parent Councils and parents an opportunity to discuss and raise educational issues and/or concerns at a national level.
The Forum works in partnership with national and local government, and other organisations involved in Scottish education.
The Forum is currently seeking the views of parents about the provision of Additional Support for Learning (ASL) throughout Scotland.
Take part in the survey here
More information about the National Parent Forum of Scotland here
The Education and Culture Committee of the Scottish Government has recently undertaken a year long piece of work on how to tackle the large difference in average school attainment in the most and least deprived areas of Scotland. More information is available here.
One topic to to be discussed is how parents and schools can best work together to raise all pupils’ attainment. In connection with this the Committee is running an on-line survey seeking parents’ views about how schools work with them to support their children’s learning.
Complete the survey here.
The survey closes on 7 March 2015.
At the end of 2014 Skills Development Scotland launched a new website for parents My World of Work with lots of information to help them advise their children about different careers and further learning opportunities. There is a section with advice and information for parents of children with additional support needs.
Dyslexia Awareness Week is an annual national event that aims to raise awareness of dyslexia, but also to celebrate the amazing achievements of people with dyslexia.
The theme of this year’s event is Dyslexia Matters………..
- To the 1 in 10 people in the UK affected by dyslexia;
- Because with early intervention and the right support, people with dyslexia can reach their full potential;
- At school and at work, making the environment dyslexia friendly can benefit everyone.
Events are taking place all over Scotland this week. More information is available on the website of Dyslexia Scotland.
Today is World Mental Health Day – a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy, first celebrated in 1992. It’s an initiative run by the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.
To help raise awareness of mental health and the many struggles that children and young people with mental health issues face, the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition has renewed its call on the Scottish Government for urgent action to ensure that NHS Health Boards meet waiting time pledges to access mental health services.
Read the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition news release here.
Enquire, the national advice service for additional support for learning, has launched a map of services across Scotland to help parents and carers find education, information and advice, and family support services in their local area.
Access the map on Enquire’s website here.
A new guide has been produced by fSDC (for Scotland’s Disabled Children) called Shaping the Services You Use. The booklet describes ways that parents can get involved and influence decisions that are being made about the planning or delivery of services for their children, in areas such as education, health and social work services.
Download a copy of the guide from fSDC’s website here.
This FREE event takes place this year on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th September at the SECC, Glasgow. This year’s theme is Raising achievement and attainment for all with a focus on maximising educational outcomes through early intervention and prevention, health and wellbeing and employability skills.
As well as being the largest education exhibition in Scotland, this event offers free seminars, keynote speakers and opportunities to discuss and network with colleagues.
Visit the SLF website to find out more and to register for the Festival.
Kidz Exhibitions are the largest FREE UK exhibitions dedicated to children with disabilities and additional support needs, their parents and carers, and the people who support them.
The event takes place at the Royal Highland Exhibition Centre, Edinburgh on Thursday 11th September from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
Over 120 exhibitors will attend the event, offering advice and information on mobility, seating, bathing, transport, communication, funding for equipment, leisure activities – and much more.
A full programme of FREE seminars on a wide range of issues will run alongside the exhibition. For more information and to download a free ticket, click on the link below:
The Scottish Government recently published its third Annual Report on additional support for learning. The report identifies 131,621 pupils in Scotland’s local authority and grant-aided schools as having additional support needs – representing almost one in five (19.5%) of all pupils. This is an increase of 1.5% on the numbers reported in 2012.
Read a summary of the report on Enquire’s website here.
Read the full report on the Scottish Government website here.