Maths Conversation Day

I attended this event yesterday, at Park Mains HS.  Along with parents from the primary and secondary sector, maths teachers, university and further education lecturers I enjoyed the presentations and discussion which followed.

It was run by Education Scotland and topics included:

Effective Practice in Mathematics (Secondary)
Sharing best practice (Primary)
Using Mathematics at work

Supporting Young people was presented by two of Park Mains’ senior pupils, who had attended a similar session the day before, with pupils from both primary and secondary.  It was interesting to hear their views on what would improve their learning experience.

The final session was about ways forward for planning for the progression in the development of mathematics.

It was a very worthwhile day and good to be able to input from a parent’s perspective as I am sure most of us can only manage maths to about S3 confidently and then we struggle to remember it.

Parental Representation on Council Policy/Community Boards

Small working group – Parental representation on Council policy/community boards.
At the last liaison meeting it was agreed that a “small working group” of approx 5 PC chairs will look at the pros and cons of having parental representation on Council boards.  Interested chairs have to respond by Monday 20th January 2014
Email Debbie at


NPFS – Deputy Rep for Renfrewshire

Request to have a deputy NPFS member for Renfrewshire.  It has been decided by NPFS that each local authority should now have a “deputy” NPFS representative to help with the increasing workload on reps. The deputy in Renfrewshire would ideally be from the Primary sector. 
The deputy would be encouraged to come along to NPFS meetings 4 times a year and to cover any meetings that Debbie Newlands is unable to attend. It is a very exciting role and a great way to keep informed on changes in education.
Anyone wishing to put their name forward or requesting  further information should email Debbie  at

Education Awards

Nominations for the 2014 awards are now open, visit the Scottish Education Awards website for more information and to submit your nomination.  
The Awards celebrate the hard work and success in Scottish education.  
If you know of a school, teacher, parent or other partner that deserves to be recognised for their hard work then submit a nomination.  Nominations must be submitted by Friday 21 February 2014.