Learning Together: Engaging Parents in Education

Schools are increasingly required by Scottish Government to better engage and involve parents in education. At this event, we will examine priorities, challenges and good practice in raising attainment by improving parental involvement and engagement in education.

*Please note that the date for this event is now 21 March*

Parents as primary educators

In August 2018, Scottish Government published “Learning together” Scotland’s national action plan on parental involvement, parental engagement, family learning and learning at home 2018 – 2021, setting out a vision for improving parental engagement and involvement in children’s learning.

Schools are required to engage with parents as central figures in a child’s learning, but what does that look like in reality? Parents have an exceptionally influential role in the learning and development of their children, so it is crucial schools can reach them to engage effectively.

Join us as we scrutinise the role we all play in delivering the support parents need to be positively involved in their child’s educational journey and raise outcomes for all. Sessions will look at priorities, evidence and good practice in improving parental engagement through collaboration and support.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Priorities for Scotland’s national action plan on parental involvement
  • Good practice in reaching parents
  • Improving the quality of communications between practitioners, staff, parents and families
  • Nurturing the home learning environment
  • Improving the skills of leaders, front-line practitioners and support staff

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:15 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Jennifer Trueland, Journalist

10:15 Session 1: Policy and Context

  • Priorities for Scotland’s national action plan on parental involvement
  • Review of the 2006 Parental involvement Act
  • The role of the family in raising attainment

10:20 Joanna Murphy, Chair, National Parent Forum for Scotland (NPFS)

10:40 Questions and Roundtable Discussion

10:55 Refreshments and Networking

11:20 Session 2: Can We Talk About Collaboration and Development

  • Improving the quality of relationships between practitioners, staff, parents and families
  • engaging families in school development
  • priority skills for leaders, front-line practitioners and support staff

Workshop to be run by Eileen Prior, Executive Director, Connect (formerly SPTC)

12:20 Questions and Discussion

12:40 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Priorities for Delivery

  • Taking a rights-based approach
  • Nurturing the home learning environment
  • Creating inclusive environments for fathers
  • Good practice in creating positive relationships with parents

13:30 Good Practice in Creating Positive Relationships With Parents

Alison Hopton, PT, Family Learning, St Matthews Academy 
Janice Kinnear, PT, Family Engagement, Auchenharvie Academy
Lauren Young, Senior Family Learning Worker, Family Learning Team, North Ayrshire Council

14:00 Learning from Gaelic Medium Education

Brian Thunder, Convenor, Comman nam Pàrant (Dùn Èideann)

14.30 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair's closing remarks

Jennifer Trueland, Journalist

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Our events are CPD Certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

 

 

Venue

NASUWT, 35 Young Street N. Ln, Edinburgh EH2 4JD | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635

Dates
21 March 2019
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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