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Read the latest news from Connect, from Partnership Schools Scotland and from the world of Scottish education.

You will also find blogs by Connect staff and  by our guest bloggers here.  Education policy updates and findings from our surveys will be posted on this page too.

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No Safe Place: Restraint and Seclusion in Scotland's Schools, Report by the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland

17th December 2018

This hard-hitting report flags up the excessive use of restraint and seclusion in our schools

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Connect's Submission to the Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Inquiry on Young People's Mental Health Services

17th December 2018

Connect calls for improvements to provision as services are patchy, inadequately-funded and only available in some areas when young people are suicidal

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Developing the Young Workforce report finds progress is not fast enough

28th November 2018

The Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee has commissioned a report on the Developing the Young Workforce programme

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Connect's AGM and Annual Lecture 2019

20th November 2018

Connect Members are warmly invited to join us for our AGM and Annual Lecture in Dundee on 14 March 2019

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Connect asks parents and parent groups to think again about buying gifts for teachers

19th November 2018

Call to action! Connect campaigns with EIS and the Child Poverty Action Group, ask everyone to please think again about Christmas gifts for teachers!

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Connect responds to the Scottish Government's Protecting Children review consultation

14th November 2018

Connect expresses concern about the implications of proposed changes

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Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee Inquiry into Musical Instrument Tuition in Schools

1st November 2018

Read Connect's submission to the Committee, which includes the results of our survey on musical instrument tuition in schools

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Education Secretary Announces Review into P1 Standardised National Assessments

26th October 2018

Connect comments on John Swinney's announcement of an independent review on P1 testing

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Parents' Voice Survey Launched on Children and Young People's Transitions

22nd October 2018

Tell us about your child or young person's experience of change in the education system

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Partnership Working to Support Mental Health

10th October 2018

On World Mental Health Day, Connect shares the excellent partnership work of Maisondieu Primary School in Angus to provide mental health support in their school community

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Backchat 147 Autumn Issue

3rd October 2018

Read our latest newsletter - it's full of useful information about our current campaigns, our surveys and our services for Members

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Cross party support for parliamentary motion calling for the P1 national tests to be scrapped

13th September 2018

Connect is pleased to see cross party support for the motion to scrap P1 tests

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Connect's Response to the Scottish Government's Supporting Disabled Children, Young People and their Families resource consultation

12th September 2018

Connect doesn't mince words in this consultation response

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Testing time for the Scottish Government

30th August 2018

Author and Upstart trustee Carol Craig gives her views on the issues surrounding the Scottish Government's Primary 1 Standardised National Assessments

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Connect's response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Nutrition in Schools

29th August 2018

Our consultation sets out the results from our snap survey which asked parents for their views on proposals to improve nutritional standards in schools

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Connect's response to the Scottish Government's Scottish National Standardised Assessments User Review: Stop the P1 tests! 

28th August 2018

The Scottish Government's Review of the Scottish National Standardised Assessments sets up the problems with the SNSAs this year

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Parent Councils - Top Tips for Welcoming New Families

28th August 2018

Parent Councils have a crucial role in welcoming new families to their school community - our top tips will help

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Connect's new Inclusion and Equality leaflets and resources for parent groups

28th August 2018

Our new leaflets will help your Parent Council/PTA to consider inclusion, equality and fairness

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Connect welcomes the Scottish Government's new Learning Together parental engagement Action Plan

21st August 2018

The Scottish Government's new Action Plan for parental engagement recognises parents as the first and foremost educators of their child

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New for 2018-2019! Connect's Jargon Buster - A List of Terms Used in Scottish Education

20th August 2018

Let us help you unpick Scottish education jargon with our new guide

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Connect supports Upstart Scotland's campaign to end National Standardised Assessments for Primary 1s

15th August 2018

Upstart Scotland has launched a postcard campaign to help parents who wish to opt their child out of the P1 national testing

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Connect's parent survey findings on national testing of Primary 1 children

13th August 2018

Parents are not being kept informed about national testing of their P1 child, finds our survey

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Connect's Autumn Programme of Professional Learning Announced! Book now!

9th August 2018

Connect's highly-regarded Professional Learning autumn courses for educators can now be booked

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Health body highlights challenges facing young people experiencing poverty

19th July 2018

NHS Health Scotland has taken a look at multiple studies to explore how the environments children are born, grow and learn in can affect their educational outcomes. Our comment is here

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Comment on the Education and Skills Committee's Inquiry into Attainment and Achievement of School Children Experiencing Poverty Report

12th July 2018

Connect comments on the Inquiry into Attainment and Achievement of School Children Experiencing Poverty Report by the Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee

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Education Bill is published but is postponed in favour of collaborative working

27th June 2018

The Scottish Government is to focus on improvement, not reform and collaboration, not legislation

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Connect responds to the Scottish Government Consultation on Early Years and Childcare Service Model for 2020, June 2018

26th June 2018

Connect says that care in a nurturing, loving environment is key for families of young children

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New Safety Belts on School Transport legislation comes into effect on 1 August 2018

18th June 2018

From 1 August 2018, dedicated school transport in Scotland will have to be fitted with safety belts

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Connect's Submission to the Education & Skills Committee on the Senior Phase: Finding the Right Pathways

12th June 2018

Connect's response sets out six recommendations

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Connect's Eileen Prior champions Youth Awards

6th June 2018

Watch Eileen talking about the importance of Youth Awards to young people on YouTube

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Connect Report: Parents' Voice Survey on Support for Families Facing Poverty and Free School Meals

4th June 2018

We report back on our survey which sought your views on, and experience of, support for families experiencing poverty and on free school meals

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Connect support for Parent Councils/PTAs with GDPR

24th May 2018

Read our revised Privacy Policy and see our Data Protection Policy template and guidance here

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Connect Report: Parents' Voice Anti-Bullying Survey with Respectme

24th May 2018

Our report on what parents told us about bullying in their children's schools and their understanding of it

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Connect responds to the Education and Skills Committee Inquiry on the impact of poverty on Attainment and Achievement

26th March 2018

Our Parents' Voice survey findings informed our consultation response: all parents care about the impact of poverty on families' lives

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Partnership Schools Year 2 Report

16th February 2018

Our Partnership Schools Year 2 report summarises our second year and sets out our findings

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National Improvement Framework Evidence Report 2017 is published

2nd January 2018

The Scottish Government's annual National Improvement Framework Evidence Report 2017 is now available; its findings determine 2018's priorities

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