Join us for Connect's AGM and Annual Lecture on 14 March 2019

20th November 2018

Connect Members - join us for our Annual General Meeting and our inspiring Annual Lecture on 14 March 2019 in Dundee's fantastic Discovery Point!  We're seeking new Directors for Connect too - so please think about volunteering if you are passionate about parental engagement in education and about supporting families and school communities to come together for the benefit of children. 

You can read more about our Directors and find the application form here. Also gain an insight into the role and experiences of one of our parent Directors, Elizabeth Watt, by reading what she has to say about being a Director below.

Schedule for the AGM and Annual Lecture

6-6.30pm             AGM

6.30–7.20pm    Reception           

7.20–7.30pm    Opening Remarks

7.30–8.30pm    Lecture: Carol Craig

8.30–8.45pm    Q&A

9pm                        Event closes

Book your free place here  (there are two options - one for the AGM and Lecture, one for the Lecture only.)

Annual Lecture

We are pleased to announce Connect's 2019 Annual Lecture Learning to Cope: How Do Children Become Resilient? will be delivered by Carol Craig. Carol is the chief executive of the Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing and author of Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working With Young People, The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow, and The Scots' Crisis of Confidence.

Being a Director of Connect: Elizabeth Watt Tells All!

'I had met Connect staff at training events held locally.  They were so enthusiastic about the organisation that I decided to find out more about becoming involved!  However, I was keen to do so, as I enjoyed participating in the life of the primary school my girls attended but I saw being involved in Connect as a chance to reflect the 'parent voice' in discussions at a national level.

There is a lot to enjoy about being involved in Connect, such as

  • meeting with like-minded people regularly to further the aims of parental involvement and engagement in education for the benefit of all – parents/carers and pupils alike
  • contributing towards the discussions on a range of topics and knowing that your opinion is valued
  • being able to champion topics of particular interest by attending relevant events and representing Connect
  • the ability to be involved in the work of the Board, no matter where you live due to discussions being held online and being able to attend Board meetings remotely on your PC from home.

I feel fortunate to be involved in such an influential organisation.

I feel that I have made a difference by 

  • promoting Connect to members of our Parent Forum and pointing out all of the helpful advice available
  • using the knowledge I have gained of current discussions/initiatives, eg influence of the Regional Improvement Collaboratives, in my discussions with the Senior Leadership Team as Chair of the PC.  I know that I wouldn’t be as well informed if I wasn’t involved in Connect
  • sharing the range of information and advice on Connect’s website with other members of the PC, such as when we recently re-drafted our Constitution
  • considering what the ordinary Connect Member’s view would be when decisions are made on the organisation’s direction and trying to reflect parental perspective.'