Professional Learning Resources

On this page, you will find research, articles, web links and other resources from the UK and from around the world which we hope will be useful to education professionals as part of their professional learning.  Our focus continues to be parental and family engagement in children's learning.

We also share links with you here to the legislative and policy drivers within the Scottish education system. 

Please make use of the resources on these pages and let us know if you have ideas for additional resources - feedback is always welcome!  If resources are marked 'Members Only', you will need to become a Member of Connect to access these resources.  You can join Connect by completing a Membership application which is available here.

If you become a Member of Connect, you will be able to access all areas of this website.   As well as professional learning resources, you will be able to access information leaflets and resources for parents and Parent Councils to support your approach to family engagement.

A Reading List on Parental and Family Engagement in Children's Learning

Interested in the academic research on family engagement in children's learning? Have a look at these suggestions

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National Network of Partnership Schools

The National Network of Partnership Schools invites schools, districts, states, and organisations to use research-based approaches to family engagement in learning

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Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland offers careers guidance and career education as well as career advisors in high schools

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My World of Work

Scotland’s online careers information and advice service – offering tools to help with career choices

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Laws and Policies for Families and Schools

The legal and policy essentials for parents and schools

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Communicating with the School Community

Communicating with the School Community

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Surveys and Questionnaires

Our guide to conducting surveys and questionnaires

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Engaging Parents in the Parent Council and the School

Communicating well with parents is essential for engaging families in the life of the school

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Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 Guidance and Duties for Local Authorities, Schools and Parent Councils

Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 Guidance and Duties for Local Authorities, Schools and Parent Councils

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A List of Acronyms Used in Scottish Education

Unfold the mysteries of Scottish Education by reading this List of Acronyms Used in Scottish Education

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Connect Member Application Form

Apply to become a Member of Connect with our Connect Application Form. You can then access all Connect resources listed on this page

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What is Partnership Schools Scotland?

Connect's explanation of its fantastic parental engagement in education Partnership Schools Scotland project What is Partnership Schools Scotland?

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Connect's Jargon Buster - A List of Terms Used in Scottish Education

We know that education is notorious for jargon - our new guide will help you through the language

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Equality and Fairness: Glossary

Our Equality and Fairness: Glossary helps you to find your way through the words commonly used to discuss equality and fairness

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Inclusion Health Check: Support for Families with Money Worries

How can your parent group help families with money worries? Have a look at our Health Check

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Parent Councils - Top Tips for Welcoming New Parents and Families

Our top tips suggest many ways of helping new families to settle in quickly to your school community

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Connect and Stirling Council's Parental Engagement Strategy

Connect was involved in the development of Stirling Council's strategy

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Supporting Transgender Young People: Guidance for Schools in Scotland

This guidance offers a full and helpful information pack if you parent or work with transgender young people

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Dispelling the Myth of Parental 'Poverty of Aspiration'

Stirling University's Morag Treanor challenges the well-established myth that parents lack ambition for their children

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Further Learning About Poverty

NHS Health Scotland's eLearning Module on Child Poverty, Health and Wellbeing

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Skills Development Scotland's Review of Connect's Partnership Schools Programme

Read Skills Development Scotland's report on our Partnership Schools Scotland programme so far

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The Sutton Trust's Parental Engagement Fund research

Read about projects funded by the Parental Engagement Fund to see parental engagement in action

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Connect on YouTube: Parental Engagement

Watch our short videos for parental engagement ideas and to see parental engagement in practice

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Connect Consultant Dr Janet Goodall shares her Top Ten Tips for Engaging Parents

We shared Dr Goodall's top ten tips through our Professional Learning Twitter account @Connect_ScotPL and now you can read them here

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