2. Parental Involvement and Engagement
What are we seeking to achieve?
Parents and carers are not expected to be teachers, nor to home educate in the formal sense. The needs and the circumstances of families will vary considerably depending on where they are in the country, their child's specific needs, their household circumstances and their knowledge and confidence. The focus is ensuring that parents and carers feel supported in relation to their child's learning at home.
What support will be available?
School teachers and practitioners remain the key point of contact for parents and families. The Scottish Government is working with partners to ensure that advice and support is available and intelligence is being gathered and shared on what approaches are working best to support family wellbeing and learning at home.
During Term 4, at a local level:
- local authorities and schools will be planning how they communicate with parents and families about their child's progress during Term 4 and many early learning practitioners will wish to share information on children's development. This will require a different format to those that may have been taken before.
- Parent Councils may need to operate differently in their functions and interactions with head teachers. The legislation underpinning parental involvement – the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 - is flexible and should be able to accommodate most adaptations to approach and method of communication.
At a national level:
- Parent Club Scotland and Parentzone Scotland web pages will continue to be updated with Covid-19 advice and support on health information, wellbeing, learning at home and other key matters. We will collaborate with education and third sector partners to share this advice.
- The Scottish Government will continue to fund the National Parent Forum of Scotland to provide core information and advice to parents during Covid-19. Education Scotland will work with the National Parent Forum of Scotland to fast track their planned "in a nutshell" guide on online safety for parents and families.
- The Scottish Government will continue to fund Enquire – the national information source for parents of children with additional support needs in Scotland.
- Education Scotland will produce materials which can also be used in partnership with community learning and development staff.