The Scottish Mediation Network recently launched a pilot project called Young Talk – a network for peer mediators in Scotland. The purpose of Young Talk is to support peer mediation in schools and youth organisations, as a method of preventative and restorative conflict resolution. Peer mediation allows children and young people to deal positively with conflict among their peers, on their own terms.
The NHS Education for Scotland Autism Training Framework ‘Optimising Outcomes’ is available online.
The purpose of this document is to help organisations identify the levels of knowledge and skill their staff require in order to meet the needs of people with autism spectrum conditions and their families and carers, and to identify staff training needs that support the delivery of national guidelines. It should also help individual staff members to understand the values underpinning the Scottish Strategy for Autism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 allwith 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.