Education Scotland Newsletter

News for Parents and Carers

Welcome to the Parents and Carers e-bulletin.  This has some of the latest news, events and information on educational developments that may affect you or your child.  The Parents and Carers e-bulletin also has details of new resources and activities to help you support your child’s learning.

Education Scotland News

Parentzone Scotland

Parentzone Scotland is a one-stop-shop for information and advice on education and learning in Scotland. The site continues to be updated and improved.  Find out more here.

‘I am a Mathematician’ – now published

Encourage learning at home with our new maths resource, which helps parents and carers support their child’s learning. Making every day a maths day, ‘I am a Mathematician’ is a fun family activity which features characters Multiplying Milli and Dividing Dec to help improve the maths and numeracy skills of families in Scotland.

The resource uses a range of exercises which are fun, progressively challenging and is supported by an informative glossary for further support. Check out this resource here.

Numeracy and mathematics glossary

This glossary has been developed for parents and carers of children and young people in the broad general education (aged 3-15) in early learning and childcare and Scottish schools. It provides clear definitions of some of the commonly used terms in numeracy and mathematics.

Download Microsoft Office for free

Does your child have a Glow account? Glow users can now download for free the Microsoft Office 2016 apps on up to 15 personal devices, up to 5 computers, 5 tablets  and 5 phones.

To download the Office 2016 apps, children and young people should log into Glow and click on the Download Office Now tile or go to the Office 365 Home tile.  Further details can be found here.

Benchmarks for Curriculum for Excellence

Benchmarks have been developed to provide clarity on the national standards expected within each curriculum area at each level of Curriculum for Excellence.  They will make clear what children need to know and the skills they need to have to make progress through their education, up to the end of third year in secondary school.  The Benchmarks will support teachers to make accurate and consistent judgements about children’s progress.  Further information for parents and carers will be provided soon on Parentzone Scotland.

SAFETY NOTICE:  Play Talk Read ’30 Things to do before you’re 3’ flashcards

We have been made aware of two instances of the plastic clip (which binds the flashcards) breaking if pulled apart with some effort.  Please note: These 30 things to do flashcards are intended for parents and carers to enjoy playing, talking and reading together with their children and not as a toy for little ones to play with alone.


Further information can be found here.  If you have a set of flashcards and are concerned in any way, please dispose of them.

Information from partners

Film guide to Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Careers Services

A handy film guide to Skills Development Scotland’s career information, advice and guidance services has been launched.  The short film gives information on the work of SDS Careers Advisers in schools, centres and on its helpline.  Information is also available on the ‘My World of Work’ website. Watch the short film here.

Search begins for Scotland’s best apprentices

Skills Development Scotland has launched the search for the country’s best apprentices and their employers.  More than 25,500 people started apprenticeships last year but only one will win the title of Apprentice of the Year at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards. Full details on how to enter here.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) – Virtual Project Manager App – new

Skills Development Scotland have released a new Virtual Project Manager App on the Google Play Store.  This App takes young people inside an animated 3D world where they are in charge of building new homes. Find out more here.

The National Parent Forum of Scotland

The National Parent Forum of Scotland launched their report of the Review of the Impact of the 2006 Parental Involvement Act on 23 May 2017 in Drummond Community High School in Edinburgh.  Deputy First Minister – John Swinney, stakeholders and parents gathered together to celebrate the successes of the Act, share the key findings and discuss how the parental engagement agenda can move forward.

Early Learning and Childcare

The Scottish Government is committed to almost doubling funded early learning and childcare (ELC) entitlement to 1140 hours per year in 2020.


Following a nationwide consultation the Scottish Government set out an Action Plan in March to help work towards the expansion in 2020. The biggest change for parents and carers will be a new approach to funding which offers a greater choice of settings, whilst prioritising and safeguarding quality. The introduction of a new Funding Follows the Child approach will mean that any provider who meets the new national required standard will be able to deliver free ELC hours, increasing flexibility for parents.

Scottish Parent Teacher Council (SPTC) – Partnership Schools Scotland

SPTC’s Partnership Schools project is a model for school, family and community partnership.  Find out more here.

Career conversations with your child

Having conversations about careers with your child can be tricky. That’s why two new guides for parents have been produced. As part of the “Nutshell” series, the guides will be published online and distributed to parents by schools.



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