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Parent Council Members 2011-2012




Sandra Ross - Chair (sanross@ntlworld.com or 01505 344400)


Margaret McCormick - Vice-Chair
Antonietta Plunkett - Treasurer


Any members of the Parent Council can be contacted for advice or support.




Monthly Prize Draw - Winners 2013!




January Charlene Bastable
February Margaret McCormick
March Margaret McCormick
April Margaret McCormick
May Antonietta Plunkett
June Michael Young
   

All winners this year have kindly donated their winnings back into the Parent Council Fund!



 

Join the St. Benedict's Benefactor Scheme and you too could be a winner!

 

Simply complete the form here.


To claim your winnings, contact Margaret McCormick at mags.mccormick@ntlworld.com

Downloads




Parent Council Constitution

 

Welcome to the Parent Council

 

Benefactor Form

 

 

 

Newsletters

 

September 2011

 

 

 

Minutes of Meetings

 

20 June 2011

 

29 August 2011

 

19 September 2011

 

31 October 2011

 

24 January 2012

 

27 February 2012

 

26 March 2012

 

23 April 2012

 

24 May 2012

 

18 June 2012

 

17 September 2012

 

29 October 2012

 

26 November 2012


14 January 2013




Meetings 2012/13




(all meetings at 7pm)

 

Next Meeting:


Monday 22 April
(School Library)

 

 

Parents are important and make a real difference to children's learning.

 

When parents are involved, children and young people do better and achieve more.

 






Update (August 2013)



The Parent Council section of the site has moved!


You can find our new section via the 'Blogs' menu above or by visiting www.oraetlabora.co.uk/ParentCouncilBlog/







Update (9 June 2013)




Please find the latest information documents from the National Parent Forum of Scotland below.


Let's Talk Resource


Curriculum for Excellence Learner Journey (3-18)






Update (19 May 2013)




The May/June issue of the National Parent Forum of Scotland: E News Update is now available via the link below.


May/June 2013 E-News Update





Update (1 May 2013)


The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy Report published



The report on the national performance in literacy in Scottish schools was published today. The findings of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy can be found on the Scottish Government website.


To coincide with the publication of the report, Education Scotland has today provided a set of professional learning resources to help practitioners develop the literacy skills of their pupils. The support materials are available on the Education Scotland website. Further literacy resources based on an in depth analysis of the survey results will be made available in September 2013.


Full Report

 

The following links may also be of interest:


Link to Commission on the Delivery of Rural Education: Report

Link to the evidence that was used for the rural schools report (pdf)

 


 


 


Update (19 April 2013)


National Play Strategy


The Scottish Government wants Scotland to be the best place in the world to grow up. Making sure that children and young people are able to take up their right to play is an important part of this. The Scottish Government is writing the strategy to make sure that people know about children and young people’s right to play and understand why it is important.


The views of children and young people are important and the Scottish Government would like to know what they think.


If you are a child or young person you can help by filling in an online survey, either as an individual or as a group. The group could be a group of friends, a class at school, a football or hockey team, your Scout or Girls Brigade Group – it is up to you.


If you are a parent or carer of a child or young person who is not able to complete the survey by themselves, you can help by recording their responses for them.


If you work with groups of children or young people, in whatever setting, please help by gathering their views with one of our group surveys.


Just choose the link that is right for you:


For individual 3-5 year olds


For groups of 3-5 year olds


For individual children and young people of primary school age


For groups of children and young people of primary school age


For individuals aged 12 – 18 years


For groups of 12-18 year olds



If you want to print out a PDF of the survey to take along to your group you can download the group surveys here:


NPS Group Survey – 3 to 5


NPS Group Survey – Primary


NPS Group Survey – 12 to 18


Printed copies should be returned to National Play Strategy Consultation, Education Scotland, The Optima, 58 Robertson Street, Glasgow, G2 8DU or emailed to enquiries@educationscotland.gov.uk. The consultation period has been extended until 23 April 2013.


 

 


 


Update (18 April 2013)



The National Parent Council of Scotland held a meeting on 17th November 2012. The final minute of this meeting can be downloaded as a pdf file by clicking the link below.

 

Minute of Meeting 17 Nov 2012 (pdf)



 


Update (14 April 2013)



New Qualifications – The March update for parents and carers is now available to view on the SQA web site. Click <here>.




 


Update (13 March 2013)

 

Please see update below from Debbie Newlands (Renfrewshire representative on the National Parent Forum of Scotland).


 

Dear PC Chair


Here is a link to the 'Nationals in a Nutshell' summaries of the new National qualifications that NPFoS have been preparing for parents/carers. Please circulate the link as widely as you like. Feedback is very welcome. More Nutshells will be added over the coming weeks. (pdf file also attached for those who wish to use it)


https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/NPF/nationals-in-a-nutshell/


I am also including for you to circulate and for your convenience the link to our hard copy <poster> and to our latest <Newsletter> which are coming to schools from next week for parent council chairs.

Another useful link which has been passed on is
"Relieve the anxieties, Click on the You Tube link to view CfE senior phase explained."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8VARI4k7kE&feature=youtu.be


Please pass it on!


On Saturday and Sunday 16th/17th March I will be attending a training weekend and meeting of NPFoS. At this meeting I will be presenting the results of "Communication Across Renfrewshire". At present only 17 schools out of 60 have responded to the questionaire. Can I please ask everyone who has not yet responded to do so by Thursday this week in order that I can compile the results for the weekend. It will only take a few minutes of your time. I have attached the document again for those who require it.


I will publish the results of the Communcation document to you all next week once I have received the final copies.


Please pass all of the above information on to all parents within your parent forums.


Kind regards
Debbie
Renfrewshire NPFoS

 

Downloads:


NPFoS Nutshells (March 2013)

Communication Accross Renfrewshire




 


Update (5 March 2013)

 

Please find the Spring 2013 Newsletter from the National Parent Forum of Scotland below as a pdf file.

 

 

NPFoS Spring 2013 Newsletter (pdf)

 


 


Update (24 February 2013)

 

Please find the latest E-News Update from the National Parent Forum of Scotland below as a pdf file.

 

 

NPFoS E-Newsletter Feb 2013 (pdf)





Update (12 February 2013)



Qualifications Plus - information for parents

 

The National Parent Forum of Scotland is delighted to invite you to attend an information event in your area:


Qualifications Plus: An opportunity for parents and carers to find out about the new National Qualifications and beyond.


Please click on the link below to book your free places at your closest venue – places are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

 

West of Scotland:
Wednesday 13 March 6-9 pm

Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow

• Keynote Speaker: Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages
• Presentation by the Scottish Qualifications Authority


CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW!

 


All events will also include roundtable discussions followed by a question and answer session with a panel of experts.


We are delighted to be able to offer these events in partnership with Education Scotland, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.


For further information or to join our database, please visit www.parentforumscotland.org or email enquiries@parentforumscotland.org.


 



 

 

Update (12 February 2013)

 

The National Parent Forum of Scotland has just published the following documents which should be of interest to many parents/carers:


New Qualifications January 2013 Update (pdf)


Bridging the Training Gap (pdf)


Making the Grade (pdf)


Music Tuition News from Scottish Government (pdf)


NPFoS Minute of Meeting 29 September 2012 (pdf)


NPFoS Focus Group for Parents Summary (pdf)




 

 

Update (10 February 2013)

 

 

Please see files below for the minutes from the last Parent Council Liaison meeting and a copy of the presentation which was delivered by Gordon McKinlay, Head of Resource Services on "How we (Renfrewshire) spend our money."

Date of Next Parent Council Liaison Meeting is Tuesday 26 February 2013 in St Andrew's Academy from 19.00 - 21.00 hours.

 

Minute of Parent Council Liaison Meeting (pdf)

 

Presentation: Education Budget - How we spend our money (pdf)




 

 

Update (6 February 2013)

 

 

Do you know a top school or teacher that deserves a gold star or someone that goes that extra mile to help your school?


Did you know you can nominate them for a Scottish Education Award?


Nominations can be made at www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk


Nominations close Friday 22nd February 2013.







Update (30 January 2013)

 

 

The first meeting of the SCEC’s Parental Involvement Working Group was held on Saturday 26th January. The following link gives a flavour of the initial discussion and some indication of the next steps which were discussed.



http://www.sces.uk.com/news/2013/01/30/parents-get-to-work.html







Update (17 January 2013)

 

 

The January 2013 ediction of SCES news has a special feature on the Year of Faith and also an aritcle about Parents getting more involved.

Further infomation is available at www.sces.uk.com.



 


Update (7 January 2013)

 

Adult Learning & Literacies Services
West Johnstone Shared Campus
Johnstone
PA5 0BB

Telephone: 01505 335 873

Website: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

 

Adult Learning & Literacies Services have new courses starting in January & February for adults. We offer a wide variety of courses such as Computing, Work Clubs, Steps to Excellence, Speakeasy, Personal Development, Parenting, Literacies, Gaelic and English for Speakers of other languages.

All our classes are free, informal and a creche service maybe available for some courses. Our learning centres are based throughout Renfrewshire in Paisley (Glenburn, Foxbar, Charleston Area) and also in Bridge of Weir, Shortroods, Renfrew, Erskine and Johnstone.

If you would like more information about our courses please phone: 01505 335 873.

 

Kirsteen Jamieson
Marion Gardiner
Outreach Workers for Adult Learning & Literacies Services



 

 

Update (12 November 2012)







Update (29 September 2012)


Catholic Education Commision - National Parent Assembly

 

Click <here> to download a copy of the report from the first meeting in August. St. Benedict's was represented by Sandra Ross, Antonietta Plunkett and Robert Johnston.

 

Further information can be found at www.sces.uk.com




 

 

Update (24 September 2012)

 


The National Parent Forum of Scotland National Conference - Aiming High


Saturday 6 October in Bishopbriggs Academy, East Dunbartonshire.


Dr Janet Brown, Chief Executive Scottish Qualifications Authority, will deliver the keynote speech. This will be followed by a choice of seminars throughout the day and a question and answer session in the afternoon.


There will be activities for children available throughout the day.


Click here for further information and to book your place or call Lindsay Jane Murray on 0141 282 5019.

 

Click here to download a copy of the programme.


 

Renfrewshire Parent Council Short Life Working Group Update

 

Click here to download the note of the meeting held on 29 August 2012




 

 

Update (11 September 2012)

 

Please find documents below (in pdf format) from Debbie Newlands, Renfrewshire Representative on the National Parent Forum of Scotland.

 

NPFoS Minutes 4 March 2012


NPFoS update Feb 12 - June 12




 

 

Update (8 September 2012)

 

Dear Parents,

If you would like to attend this meeting (see below), please email me on sanross@ntlworld.com so that I confirm numbers for catering by September 26th. If you do not have transport, but would like to attend, please also let me know as I can take three parents.


Sent on behalf of Marianne McGuire, Education Officer


Dear Parent Council Chair


On behalf of Robert Naylor, director of education and leisure services and Cllr Jacqueline Henry, convener of education policy board, I invite you, parents of your parent council and parents from the wider parent forum, to attend a meeting in Park Mains High School on Tuesday 02 October 2012 from 7.00pm until 9.00pm.


A short life working group (SLWG) met on Wednesday 29 August 2012 to review the way in which parent council liaison meetings are conducted.


The purpose of the meeting, scheduled for Tuesday 02 October 2012, is to consider the proposals put forward by the SLWG.


Please note that this meeting is open to as many parents from your school (parent council and parent forum) as are able to attend.


In order to facilitate catering, it would be appreciated if you would indicate the number of parents from your school who are likely to attend, no later than Wednesday 26 September 2012.


Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.




 

 

Update (4 September 2012)

 

Some upcoming events...



The National Parent Forum of Scotland National Conference - Aiming High


Saturday 6 October in Bishopbriggs Academy, East Dunbartonshire.


Dr Janet Brown, Chief Executive Scottish Qualifications Authority, will deliver the keynote speech. This will be followed by a choice of seminars throughout the day and a question and answer session in the afternoon.


There will be activities for children available throughout the day.


Click here for further information and to book your place or call Lindsay Jane Murray on 0141 282 5019.

 

Click here to download a copy of the programme.




Reading - What's my role?

Saturday 29th September 10.00am - 3.00pm, The King James Hotel, Edinburgh


The Literacy Team at Education Scotland is hosting a free conference for parents focusing on supporting children with reading.


Once children have mastered the basics of learning to read, many parents are concerned about how best to develop their child's skills and encourage a love of books. The conference will support parents in helping children to successfully negotiate an information rich world and to become readers for life.


Nicola Morgan, the award-winning author, will deliver the keynote address. The conference will explore some of the perceived barriers to reading and discuss how parents can best support their children.


Register for the conference here Parents Conference (Edinburgh) or call Margaret McGuinness on 0141 282 5064.

 

 



 

 

Update (28 August 2012)



SCES

The 1st Catholic Assembly of Parent Councils took place at Carfin on Saturday 25th August. R. Johnston, A. Plunkett and S. Ross attended. It was a thought provoking and interesting day meeting with other members of parent councils across Scotland who are facing the same challenges.

Further information is available on the SCES website www.sces.uk.com

 

 


 

 

Update (28 June 2012)

 

School Transport

 

At Renfrewshire's Full Council Meeting today, the vote to reinstate school transport was 21 for, 16 against. Letters will be sent to parents over the holidays regarding the transport arrangements beginning in August.





 

 


 

Update (10 June 2012)

 

New Qualifications - Update for Parents and Carers

 

The latest update from SQA on the new qualifications is available to view on the CfE page of the school web site.


 


 

Update (2 June 2012)

 

National Parent Forum

The latest National Parent Forum newlsetter can be found by clicking here. The 3rd annual conference of the National Parent Forum is due to be held on 6 October 2012 at Bishopbroggs Academy, East Dunbartonshire. Further details to follow.



Race Night Update

 

The Race Night raised over £500 for much needed school funds. Thanks to everyone who supported it and donated prizes for the raffle. It is our intention to organise another one in the Autumn, to be held in Johnstone.

 

 


 

Update (20 May 2012)

 

Education Scotland Literacy Event - Parents' Conference

Reading - What's my role?
Saturday 16th June, 10.00am - 3.00pm, Hilton Hotel, Glasgow



The Literacy Team at Education Scotland is hosting a free conference for parents and would be grateful if you could make this information available to parents.



Once children have mastered the basics of learning to read, many parents are concerned about how best to develop their child's skills and encourage a love of books. The conference will support parents in helping children to successfully negotiate an information rich world and to become readers for life.



Nicola Morgan, the award-winning author, will deliver the keynote address. The conference will explore some of the perceived barriers to reading and discuss how parents can best support their children.



If there is sufficient demand, limited creche facilities may be available.



Click here to register for the event or call Margaret McGuiness on 0141 282 5064.



Further conferences are being planned to take place in Edinburgh and Inverness later this year.

 

 


 

 

 

FAMILY RACE NIGHT!

Friday 11th May

 

Starters Orders 7.30pm


 

Bring your own hay, water and nosebag.

 

In aid of school funds.

 

Tickets £3 (4 for £10)

 

Tickets available at the school office or contact Sandra Ross on 01505 344400.

 

 

 


 

 

Update (31 March 2012)

 

New Qualifications - Update for Parents/Carers


New Resources for Parents

A new series of film clips, aimed at parents, has been added to the parents section of the SQA website: www.sqa.org.uk/cfeforparents.

The clips feature Dr John Allan, Policy Manager at SQA, and answer some of the most common questions from parents about the new qualifications.

 

Developed Qualifications - 30 April 2012


By 30 April 2012, the final documents for the qualifications from National 2 - Higher will be published on our website.

We have been publishing draft documents at each stage of the development process for review and feedback and have carried out extensive engagement with many different groups and individuals.

This feedback has been taken on board in the production of the final documents.



Qualifications in Development  


Advanced Higher

We have now begun developing the new Advanced Higher qualifications which will be introduced in 2015/16 and the first draft documents (the Course Rationales and Summaries, the blueprint for the new Advanced Highers) have been published.  

Use the subject drop-down menu at www.sqa.org.uk/curriculumforexcellence to find the documents for each subject.

Advanced Higher qualifications will be developed in the same way as the other qualifications - our diagram shows the process - www.sqa.org.uk/developmentstages.

You can give your feedback via Have Your Say - www.sqa.org.uk/haveyoursay.

Advanced Highers allow young people to take the skills, knowledge and understanding they have already acquired from previous study to a deeper and more challenging level.

The fundamental features and characteristics of current Advanced Higher Courses will be preserved in the new and revised Courses.

Find out more about Advanced Higher - www.sqa.org.uk/advancedhigher

 


Feedback


The latest summaries of feedback we have received on the new qualifications have now been published at www.sqa.org.uk/yourfeedback.  



Music Courses


Following our recent engagement with stakeholders - including schools, colleges and practitioners-  about a new proposed assessment structure in Music Courses, we would like  to confirm the original proposed weighting (60% Performance/40% Question Paper) in  National 5 and Higher courses will remain. Composing skills will be assessed in Unit assessment.

 

New Courses in Music Technology (National 3 to Higher)

Following close working with key partners and stakeholders, we are pleased to announce new Courses has been developed  in Music Technology. The new Courses will complement the Music Courses and there will be opportunities to deliver them at the same time.  Following publication of the final documents at the end of April, SQA and Education Scotland will provide support, advice and guidance on learning, teaching and assessment of the new Music Technology courses.

 


CfE Events


To continue to support teachers with the new qualifications, SQA is hosting 10 Curriculum Area events in Stirling in May 2012.

The events are supported by Education Scotland and will update teachers on the latest developments.

Further events will take place in September 2012 and subject-specific events will take place between October 2012 and March 2013.

Our CfE Liaison team are continuing to support local events.  You may meet some of our team at parents' nights:  www.sqa.org.uk/cfeteam

 


Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN)


The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) is a national sample-based survey which monitors performance in literacy and numeracy in alternate years.


The first numeracy survey took place in 2011 and the report has now been published:  http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/03/5285.  

The first literacy survey takes place in 2012.

 


 

 

Update (25 March 2012)

 

Recent national press releases on CfE development...

 

 

NATIONAL PARENT FORUM OF SCOTLAND

 
“The National Parent Forum of Scotland is pleased that additional resources have been made available to support Curriculum for Excellence, particularly in this challenging economic climate. We hope that schools and teachers will take full advantage of these new resources and will continue with their implementation of Curriculum for Excellence."

 

“We anticipate that this enhanced support will ensure that implementation of the curriculum is ambitious and creative, and is focussed on delivering excellent learning experiences and outcomes for all of our children.”

 

 

SPTC RESPONSE TO LATEST GOVERNMENT MOVES ON CFE
 
The independent parents’ organisation, the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, responded today (21 March 2012) to the Cabinet Secretary’s announcement of an additional support package for the introduction of the new National Qualifications:

 

“Today’s announcement is likely to be warmly welcomed by parents as a move which will support teachers to prepare for the new National Qualifications. However, there remain significant concerns about the introduction of CfE which are not tackled in these new plans, most critically the issue of effective communication with parents. 

 

“There is also a clear challenge relating to the deliverability of components of this package, in the light of ongoing concerns regarding availability of supply teachers up and down the country.”
 

Key issues we identify in relation to CfE/National Qualifications include:

 

Parents generally do not want a delay in the introduction of the new qualifications

 

Communication flow from schools to parents has been patchy and often inconsistent

 

Offering Intermediates instead of Nationals in 2014 is not acceptable

 

Some Local Authorities are apparently re-labelling the status quo to retain a 2-2-2 model in secondary school rather than the 3-3 model which parents have been told to expect

 

This is contributing to the pressure on teachers and young people. Students currently in S2 should be remaining in the Broad General Education phase for a further year (until 2013) but instead many find themselves selecting subjects for National Courses which do not yet exist.
 

 

SPTC wants to see:

 

Quality feedback to parents on the ‘audit’ currently being carried out by Education Scotland and steps to be taken as a result

 

A plan of action to promote and support more widespread adoption of the 3-3 model in secondary schools throughout Scotland

 

A plan of action, modelled and resourced as necessary, to support school/parent communication over the next 18 months, providing information, clarity and reassurance to parents

 


 

 

Update (19 March 2012)

 

Doran Review: Have Your Say on Complex Additional Support Needs

 

Children in Scotland would like to invite you to a series of free half-day consultation events for parents, carers and support groups and would very much appreciate it if you could pass the information on to any parents, carers or colleagues you know who would be interested in contributing their views.


On behalf of the Scottish Government, Peter Doran is currently chairing a review of how best to provide education for Scottish children and young people with the most complex learning needs. The Doran Review will be providing recommendations to the Scottish Government in June 2012 on how the system can be improved.


These consultation events are to gather the views of both families and parent support groups on the key issues, which will be submitted to the Review.


We will be asking your views on:

 

  1. how satisfied you are with the processes to identify your child's care, health and learning needs
  2. how well informed you feel about schools and services that could help your child
  3. how well your child's nursery or school and other services such as health and Social Work are meeting his or her needs
  4. how well supported you and your child feel when he/she is preparing to leave and settling in to a new school or leaving school to go on to adult services.



Dates and locations


22nd March, 12 noon to 3pm
Aberdeen Thistle Altens Hotel



27th March, 9.30am to 1pm
Edinburgh Hilton Grosvenor Hotel



29th March. 9.30am to 1pm
Glasgow Hilton Grosvenor Hotel



The events are open to parents, carers and support groups from across Scotland who have an interest in the provision of education for children and young people with complex additional support needs.



Places can be booked via the Children in Scotland website:

 

http://www.childreninscotland.org.uk/html/tra_list.php?search=Doran&category=All+categories&sortby=Date&order=ASC&submit=Find

 

 


 

 

Update (12 March 2012)

 

Next Parent Council Meeting

 

The next Parent Council Meeting will be held on Monday 26th March at 7.00pm in the school library.


Debbie Newlands, Renfrewshire's representative on the National Parent Forum, will be giving a presentation on her role and the groups she is involved in, within the Forum. It will be of interest to all parents/carers, so please come along.

 

 

 

Parents As Partners in Learning Event: Assessment and Reporting

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT.

 

As previously notified, Education Scotland are hosting an event for parents on Saturday 24 March at Stirling Management Centre, University of Stirling Campus. If you are interested in attending this event, there is still time to register.

 

The aims of the day will be to:


reflect on the principles that underpin good assessment
consider how parents and carers contribute to the assessment of their children’s learning and achievement
update parents on current developments in relation to assessment and reporting
promote and develop shared working between practitioners and parents, and
provide the opportunity for practitioners and parents to network and share practice.

 


The event will be of interest to parents and carers with children in the early years, primary or secondary sector.


A crèche will be available and the event is free. A shuttle bus will also be available from Stirling railway station to the venue.

 

If you are interested in attending this event please register online.

 


 


 

Update (23 February 2012)

 

Fostering Good Relations Event

Date: Monday 19 March 2012
Time: 1.00 to 4.30pm
Venue: Paisley Town Hall
Tickets: FREE

 

This afternoon event, run in partnership with the Diversity and Equality Alliance in Renfrewshire (DEAR) Group, aims to tackle issues such as understanding sectarianism and reducing hate crime in an attempt to improve community harmony.

 

Further information and an online booking form can be found on the Renfrewshire Council web site here.

 



 

Update (22 February 2012)

 

Scottish Government Update

 

We have published some new short films on Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) for parents on the Engage for Education web site at www.engageforeducation.org/cfefilms. The films illustrate, in nursery/primary/secondary learners', parents' and teachers' own words, the kind of impact and benefits that CfE is having across the country.

 

The films contribute towards the Cabinet Secretary's CfE Action Plan 2011/12 commitment to develop new materials for parents which illustrate the benefits of CfE, following specific calls for such resources from parents. They have been developed in co-operation with the National Parent Forum of Scotland.

 



 

Update (14 February 2012)

 

Information from SQA on the new National Qualifications:

 

 

New National Qualifications – January 2012 Update

Information for parents and carers

 

This is the latest update from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) on the development of the new National Qualifications that will be introduced into schools and colleges from August 2013.

 

This bulletin covers the publication of the latest draft documents – Draft Course and Unit Support Notes for National 4 and National 5 and draft Course Assessment Specifications for Higher.

 

There’s also information on our new SQA Awards, how to stay in touch with the development process and where to find more information about the work SQA is doing on the new National Qualifications.

 

We’re still looking for your feedback on our plans, so if you have any comments or questions, please visit www.sqa.org.uk/haveyoursay or contact a member of our Curriculum for Excellence Liaison Team.

 

 

Latest draft documents
We are publishing draft documents for over 225 new National Qualifications to allow stakeholders, including parents, to have a look at our proposals and give their feedback throughout the process.

 

The latest documents available on our website are the draft Course and Unit Support Notes for National 4 and National 5 and the draft Course Assessment Specifications for Higher Courses.

 

These documents detail the information teachers and lecturers need on how they can deliver the new National Qualifications and how they should be assessed.

 

While the documents are technical and aimed at education professionals, we also want feedback from parents and carers. Comments on the latest documents must be submitted before Wednesday 29 February at www.sqa.org.uk/haveyoursay.

 

We have also published summaries of all the feedback we have received between July and November 2011 – www.sqa.org.uk/yourfeedback.

 

 

New SQA Awards
We are currently developing new, nationally recognised Awards which will embrace personalisation and choice and give learners the opportunity to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work.

 

Schools and colleges will be able to deliver these new Awards from August 2012.

 

The Awards are designed to suit a wide range of learners including pupils from S3 onwards.

 

More information on these new Awards and how they complement our existing portfolio of qualifications is available on our website, www.sqa.org.uk/awards.

 

Remember to send us your feedback on these new Awards via www.sqa.org.uk/haveyoursay, by Wednesday 29 February 2012.

 

 

Further information for parents and carers
The parent and carer section of our website gives the latest information about the new qualifications including details of which qualifications are changing.

 

Our Mythbuster videos answer some of the most common questions about the new qualifications. We also have a jargon buster to help explain Curriculum for Excellence terms.

 

Keep visiting www.sqa.org.uk/cfeforparents for all you need to know about the new qualifications and sign up for MyAlerts to receive regular updates sent straight to your in-box.

 

 


 

Update (4 February 2012)

 

Health and Wellbeing Event for Parents – Saturday 25 February 2012

 

The Health and Wellbeing team at Education Scotland is hosting an event for parents on 25 February at Stirling Management Centre. The event will start at 10 am and finish at 1 pm and is free to attend. The aim of this event is to outline the health and wellbeing entitlements for Curriculum for Excellence.

 

There will be lots of opportunities for discussion about the different aspects of the health and wellbeing curriculum and how parents can support their children with this. Partner agencies will also be attending to facilitate some group discussions. This event will be of interest to any parent with children in the early years, primary and secondary settings.

 


If you are interested in attending this event please register with Anne-Marie Lamont. Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gov.uk

 

 

 


 

Update (3 February 2012)

 

The Scottish Government has recently begun a consultation on developing a safety system for Adventure Activities in Scotland.

 

The consultation was launched by Shona Robison, the minister for commonwealth games and sport.

 

Further details can be found on the Scottish Government website here.

A useful summary appears here on the Wild Scotland website here.


Consultation responses can be submitted until 30th March. A series of regional events for stakeholders and those with an interest in adventure activities is being held as follows:



Tuesday 7 February – Atlantic Quay, Glasgow (19:00 - 21:00)

Thursday 16 February – Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries (19:00 - 21:00)

Thursday 1 March – Lochaber High School, Fort William (19:00 - 21:00)

Thursday 15 March – Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore (19:00 - 21:00)

 


 

 

St. Benedict's Parent Council was founded in August 2007. It exists to represent the Parents' points of view in dealing with the school, to help and support our children's education through positive involvement and to assist the school by fund raising and active support at all levels.

 



The Mission of the Parent Council is to:-


Increase Parental Involvement
Improve Communication between the School and Parents
Support our Children's Education
Assist the School wherever possible.


Meetings are held monthly, in the school library, and parents/carers are all welcome to attend. The AGM is held in September. Information to parents is via newsletter, email, the school website and facebook.

 



Become a Benefactor of St. Benedict's

All you have to do is complete a form and pledge either £1 per month via Direct Debit or an annual payment of £12. Each month there will be a cash prize, 10% of takings.

The advantages are:-

You have the chance of winning a monthly prize
Guaranteed monthly school fund income to benefit all children
Minimal cost and effort in setting it up
Takes away the guilt of not having supported a fund raiser
Enables the Parent Council to support more activities
Our time and effort in organising fund raisers is reduced.


Anyone aged 16 and over can become a benefactor and it is open to everyone so please publicise it as we have a lot of support for the school, in our local communities.