Key Points
  • Priorities for Scotlands national action plan on parental involvement
  • Improving the quality of communication between practitioners, staff, parents and families
  • Engaging all parents including the hard-to-reach


Overview
Confirmed Speakers
  • (Chair) Eileen Prior, Executive Director, Connect
  • Joanna Murphy, Chair, The National Parent Forum of Scotland
  • Jane Brumpton, Depute Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland
  • Lorna Sweeney, Schools and Lifelong Learning Service Manager, Communities and Families, The City of Edinburgh Council
  • Jodie McGraw, Acting Head Teacher, Bellshill Academy
  • Parents Network Scotland
  • Sam Pringle, Head of Research, Fathers Network Scotland
  • Gitit Kadar - Satat, Research Associate, University of Edinburgh
  • Alison Cameron , Headteacher, Elphinstone Primary School
  • David Reilly, Development Manager, Scottish Community Development Centre

The Government has highlighted the vital role parents play in their children’s learning through the launch of ‘Learning together: a national action plan on parental involvement, engagement, family learning and learning at home 2018 – 2021’.

The plan provides a national vision but it also allows for local and community innovation and flexibility. This conference brings together schools, early learning and childcare settings to explore early progress in implementing the plan across the entire 3-18 framework.

Take home practical ideas of how to improve parental engagement with their child’s learning, how to encourage family-wide learning in the home and how to get parents involved in educational establishment decision-making processes, with a special spotlight on participatory budgeting.

Put your questions to our parents’ panel about how to best engage parents, including the harder-to-reach groups and benefit from advice on how to effectively engage father’s in their child’s learning.

Take the opportunity to share ideas, benchmark your progress and learn from best practice in supporting collaborative relationships between parents and practitioners.

Agenda
Start

09:20 - 09:50
Registration Tea and Coffee

 

09:50 - 10:00
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Eileen Prior Executive Director, Connect

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10:00 - 10:30
Learning together: National Action Plan on Parental Involvement, Engagement, Family Learning and Learning at Home 2018 – 2021

 
  • The vision, goals and actions contained in the plan
  • Parental involvement, engagement, family learning and learning at home
  • Equalities and inclusion
  • Professional development and leadership skills
  • How we are measuring and monitoring outcomes and progress against the plan
  • Examples of good practice to date

Speakers

Joanna Murphy Chair, The National Parent Forum of Scotland

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10:30 - 10:40
Questions and Discussion

 

10:40 - 11:00
Parental Involvement

 
  • Getting parents involved in the life and work of the early learning and childcare setting or school  
  • Formalising parental representation in the development of policies, improvement plans and key decisions
  • Promoting volunteering opportunities  
  • Involving parents in transitions

Speakers

Jane Brumpton Deputy Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland

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11:00 - 11:10
Questions and Discussion

 

11:10 - 11:40
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:40 - 12:00
The Role of Local Authorities and Regional Improvement Collaboratives (RICs)

 
  • The role of the LA in supporting empowered Headteachers to develop approaches to Parental Engagement in Learning
  • Roles, remits, responsibilities
  • Quality Assurance and Governance
  • Learning Together: The role of the RIC In supporting and empowering staff and parents

Speakers

Lorna Sweeney Schools and Lifelong Learning Service Manager, Communities and Families, The City of Edinburgh Council

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12:00 - 12:20
Case study: Family Learning and Learning at Home

 
  • Encouraging family members to learn together as and within a family
  • Reviewing and developing a home learning policy
  • Developing family learning activities
  • Challenging educational disadvantage and measuring the effectiveness of interventions

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Jodie McGraw Acting Head Teacher, Bellshill Academy

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12:20 - 12:30
Questions and Discussion

 

12:30 - 13:00
Panel Discussion: Parental Perspectives on How to Engage Parents

 
  • Understanding the full range of barriers that prevent parents becoming more involved in their child’s school, including financial or capacity reasons
  • Developing parental leadership, confidence and capacity
  • Examples of good practice and examples of alienation

13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch

 

14:00 - 14:20
Case study: Involving Fathers in Their Children’s Learning

 
  • Understanding barriers to fathers’ participation
  • Improving welcome, communication, involvement and engagement with male carers – what works
  • Developing a self-evaluation guide for schools to assess their ‘Dad friendliness’
  • Adapting the learning to other under-represented groups

Speakers

Sam Pringle Head of Research, Fathers Network Scotland

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14:20 - 14:30
Questions and Discussion

 

14:30 - 14:50
Participatory Budgeting with Parents

 
  • Engaging parents, carers, children and young people in decision making for spending Pupil Equity Funding
  • Raising awareness of participatory budgeting with parents
  • Involving all parents, particularly those who face additional barriers
  • Examples of good participatory budgeting

Speakers

David Reilly Development Manager, Scottish Community Development Centre

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14:50 - 15:00
Questions and Discussion

 

15:00 - 15:20
Engaging Parents in their Child’s Learning

 
  • Developing workshops to build parents confidence and equip them with knowledge and skills to support their child’s learning
  • Encouraging parents to take the lead in teaching other parents and engaging those that are harder to reach
  • Launching learning kits for parents to use with their children at home
  • Lessons learnt and next steps

15:20 - 15:30
Questions and Discussion

 

15:30 - 15:35
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

 

End

Speakers

Jane Brumpton Deputy Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland

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Gitit Kadar — Satat Research Associate, University of Edinburgh

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Jodie McGraw Acting Head Teacher, Bellshill Academy

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Joanna Murphy Chair, The National Parent Forum of Scotland

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Sam Pringle Head of Research, Fathers Network Scotland

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Eileen Prior Executive Director, Connect

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David Reilly Development Manager, Scottish Community Development Centre

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Lorna Sweeney Schools and Lifelong Learning Service Manager, Communities and Families, The City of Edinburgh Council

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Alison Cameron Headteacher, Elphinstone Primary School

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Venue details

Central Edinburgh Central Edinburgh


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