Parent engagement updates

10 December 2022: A few updates from Connect, the NE/SE Parental Engagement Locality Group and the new Guide to Children’s Rights are given below.


The December 2022 issue of the Connect newsletter is now available

Read the Connect newsletter

NE/SE Parental Engagement Locality Group

The Edinburgh Council NE/SE Parental Engagement Locality Group met on 23 November 2022.

The meeting minute and presentation given by Stephen Kelly, Senior Education Manager on the National Discussion consultation process, are now available:

NE/SE Localities meeting minute 23 November 2022

Education Reform, Stephen Kelly

Guide to Children’s Rights

The new Guide to Children’s Rights for parents and carers has just been launched.

Children’s rights | Parent Club

The booklet was created by the United Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Parents Network, made up of parenting organisations and Scottish Government policy officials. They have been meeting for over a year to look at how best to inform parents, carers and family members about the rights of their children. The new guide conveys broad universal messaging about children’s rights and has adopted a warm and reassuring tone. 

The resource provides information about children’s rights and introduces the UNCRC, which sets out the rights that all children and young people should expect and what they need to grow up happy, healthy and safe. It outlines the central role played by parents and families and also recognises that they need protection and assistance to support the rights and wellbeing of their children. 

If you would like any more information please contact Shelly Coyne.

Backchat termly newsletter from Connect

23 November 2022: Backchat the termly newsletter from Connect is now available.

Click here to read Backchat autumn 2022

Connect is an education charity which provides support for parents, Parent Councils, Parent Teacher/Staff Associations, and other parent bodies in Scotland.

The Autumn newsletter contains information about a number of topics, including:

  • the National Discussion on Scottish Education
  • the Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment
  • Connect’s Annual Report 2021-2022

Plus there is an overview of the many consultation responses Connect has made, often using the parent/carer responses to their surveys.

You can also read a moving blog by the parent of a son with complex special needs as she tracks the slow progress of the Review of Additional Support for Learning.

National Parent Forum of Scotland events

18 November 2022: The National Parent Forum of Scotland has just announced some events that parents may be interested to attend.

All the info is available at the links below:

23 November 2022 – Review of Qualifications Focus Group for Gaelic Medium

24 November 2022 – Review of Qualifications Focus Group for Home Educators

28 November 2022 – Q & A Session about the Qualification Review

1 December 2022 – Review of Qualifications and Assessment of Focus Group for ASN

Connect membership

15 November 2022: The Parent Council is a member of Connect, which is an education charity which provides support for parents, Parent Councils, Parent Teacher/Staff Associations, and other parent bodies in Scotland.

Through Connect through Connect parents can gain access to services like online Information Sessions, regular newsletters, advice and support, Parents’ Voice online surveys, dedicated Facebooks pages and other facilities.

Have a look at the latest Connect newsletter here:

November update from Connect

All parents at JGHS can also register as members – just choose the option ‘The PC/PTA at my child’s school is a member of Connect’.

Register as a member of Connect

‘Let’s Talk Scottish Education’ – Our National Discussion

27 October 2022: You may have seen the letter forwarded by the School about Our National Discussion on Scottish Education.

The National Discussion is a chance for everyone to share their hopes and ideas for the future of all aspects of Scottish education, from early years to options for school leavers. 

Have your say

The National Discussion is being run by the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) and there are many ways parents and carers can contribute, for example: 

Complete the online survey

Our National Discussion survey

Send in your thoughts

Email the National Discussion

Parental engagement charity Connect and the National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) want to help families be part of the discussion too, and you can join their National Discussion Facebook Forum.

National Discussion Facebook Forum

Discussions with children and young people

The consultation leaders have also produced age-specific documents to help guide discussions with children, parents and carers at home:

Young children 3-7 years old

Children and young people 8-14 years old

Young adults 15 years and over

Consultation runs until 5 December 2022

You have until Monday 5 December 2022 to take part in the National Discussion and help create a vision for Scottish education for the next 20 years.

More information

Further information is available on the National Discussion website

National Discussion on Scottish Education

Latest newsletter from Connect is out now

6 November 2022: The November issue of the Connect newsletter is now available.

Amongst other features, there are articles on

  • Connect’s latest survey: Your Child’s Education and You 
  • Background information about the National Discussion
  • Online event for parents/carers about The National Discussion
  • Scottish Qualifications update and Phase 2 survey – the Hayward Review

Read the newsletter here

Latest newsletter from Connect now out

11 September 2022: Connect, the body supporting Parent/School interactions, has just published its September newsletter. This edition includes a wide variety of issues including:

  • Connect’s Parent/Carer Survey on School Uniforms
  • Booking details for the lively autumn schedule of  Connect’s online Information Sessions for Members
  • Connect’s consultation submission on the next Mental Health Strategy
  • A head’s-up about Connect’s AGM plus information on becoming a volunteer Director
  • Scottish Qualifications – the Hayward Review
  • The latest education updates

Read Connect’s September 2022 newsletter here

More about Connect on their website

Backchat termly newsletter is now available

24 June 2022: The Summer edition of the Backchat newsletter from Connect (formerly the Scottish Parent Teacher Council) is now available.

Read the newsletter here

This edition includes an introduction to Connect’s new Executive Director, Patrick McGlinchey, who takes up his role on 1 August 2022.

You can also read a summary of Connect’s Health and Wellbeing in Schools survey report. Booking links for the live online Information Sessions for August and September are available too.