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
  • Tina Woolnough, Acting Comms Officer, Connect and Chair, Blackhall Nursery
  • Lorraine Swan, Nursery Manager, Blackhall Nursery
  • Rosie McColl, Senior Development Officer for Equity,South East Improvement Collaborative
  • Louise McLean , CLD (Schools) Worker , Bellshill Academy
  • Karen Arrol , PT Parental Engagement and Community Involvement (Acting) , Bellshill Academy
  • Susan McKellar ,Parent Group Leader Facilitator , Parent Network Scotland
  • Karin Tirevolls ,Session facilitator and Parent Link Volunteer , Parent Network Scotland
  • Sam Pringle, Head of Research, Fathers Network Scotland
  • 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

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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

Tina Woolnough Acting Comms Officer, Connect and Chair, Blackhall Nursery

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Lorraine Swan Nursery Manager, Blackhall Nursery

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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 the Regional Collaborative in supporting schools to develop approaches to Parental Engagement in Learning.

 
  • The Regional Improvement Collaboratives (RICs) and their collaboration with Local Authorities
  • Roles, remits, responsibilities
  • Learning Together: The role of the RIC In supporting and empowering staff and parents

Speakers

Rosie McColl Senior Development Officer for Equity, South East Improvement Collaborative

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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

Speakers

Karalyn Arrol PT Parental Engagement and Community Involvement (Acting), Bellshill Academy

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Louise McLean Louise McLean CLD (Schools) Worker, 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

 
  • Chaired by Eileen Prior
  • 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

Speakers

Susan McKellar Parent Group Leader Facilitator, Parent Network Scotland

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Jennifer McAllister Parent, Parent Network Scotland

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Shona Gilmour Parent, Parent Network Scotland

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Karin Tirevolls Session facilitator and Parent Link Volunteer, Parent Network Scotland

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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

Alison Cameron Headteacher, Elphinstone Primary School

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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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Paul Johnson Communities Team, Midlothian Council

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14:50 - 15:00
Questions and Discussion

 

15:00 - 15:20
Engaging Parents in their Child's Learning: a school’s journey:

 
  • The school’s approach/ethos towards Parental Engagement.
  • The successes – what have you found has worked?  
  • The challenges - what challenges have they found and next steps? 

Speakers

Jennifer Cairns Headteacher, Clovenstone Primary School

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Claire Langley Headteacher, Castleview Primary School

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15:20 - 15:30
Questions and Discussion

 

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

 

End

Speakers

Karalyn Arrol PT Parental Engagement and Community Involvement (Acting), Bellshill Academy

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Jennifer Cairns Headteacher, Clovenstone Primary School

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Alison Cameron Headteacher, Elphinstone Primary School

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Shona Gilmour Parent, Parent Network Scotland

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Paul Johnson Communities Team, Midlothian Council

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Claire Langley Headteacher, Castleview Primary School

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Jennifer McAllister Parent, Parent Network Scotland

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Rosie McColl Senior Development Officer for Equity, South East Improvement Collaborative

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Susan McKellar Parent Group Leader Facilitator, Parent Network Scotland

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Louise McLean Louise McLean CLD (Schools) Worker, Bellshill Academy

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Joanna Murphy Chair, The National Parent Forum of Scotland

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Maggie Pagliarulo Family Link Worker, Clovenstone Primary School

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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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Lorraine Swan Nursery Manager, Blackhall Nursery

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Karin Tirevolls Session facilitator and Parent Link Volunteer, Parent Network Scotland

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Tina Woolnough Acting Comms Officer, Connect and Chair, Blackhall Nursery

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Lauren Newall Parental Engagement Lead, Castleview Primary School

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Venue details

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4HQ

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