Celebrating ten years of the National Parent Forum of Scotland
Last night the National Parent Forum of Scotland celebrated their ten year anniversary with a parliamentary reception. Among the attendees was Deputy First Minister John Swinney who congratulated NPFS on their outstanding contribution to Scottish education.
— National Parent Forum of Scotland (@parentforumscot) June 12, 2019
To mark ten years of NPFS we welcome a guest blog from organisation Chair Joanna Murphy who reflects on a decade of success.
The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) is a truly unique organisation. We are a group of volunteers, made up of one representative from each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, who champion the voice of parents.
We are parents first and foremost, who want to see the best possible outcomes achieved for our children and young people.
This week marks ten years since NPFS’s formation and over the past decade we have worked tirelessly to act as ambassadors for all parents across Scotland.
We’ve come a long way in the last ten years and along the way have had numerous successes including our independent review of the Parental Involvement Act, our Nutshell guides, our work with the Scottish Education Council and our involvement in helping shape the Scottish Government’s Parental Engagement Action Plan.
NPFS works in partnership with national and local government and other organisations involved in education and child wellbeing issues to ensure that parents play a full and equal role in education. The overall aim is to help every child to maximise their potential through their school life.
Being a group of volunteers, operating at such a high level, is no small task, there are many asks on our time and it can be a real challenge balancing family, work and other commitments with the ever increasing demands of our NPFS roles.
What makes NPFS unique is not just the level of dedication of our reps but the level of success that we have had in ensuring the voices of parents are heard loud and clear in decisions made about education in Scotland.
Having been an NPFS rep since our foundation ten years ago I am proud of everything we have achieved together. As the elected chair I am particularly proud to have led the forum over the last three years.
Collectively we have achieved a huge amount and I hope that over the next ten years we can build on our success and continue to put parents at the heart of decision making in education and their own children’s learning.
Speaking after the reception Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, said:
“As well as supporting families across the country, the National Parent Forum of Scotland provides parents with a national voice in education decision making and I’d like to thank them for their contribution over the last decade.
“We know there is a strong relationship between parental engagement and positive outcomes for children and young people and we want all parents in Scotland to have the necessary guidance and tools to support their children’s education.
“Over the last ten years NPFS have played a crucial part in helping to shape our policies and strategies, including our ‘learning together’ National Action Plan on parental engagement, and I hope that we can continue to work together putting the voices of parents at the heart of education system for many years to come.”
The reception also marked the publication of the Joint Interim Progress Report (2019) from NPFS and the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland.
This report captures the significant progress that has been made since the review was published and the work that is on-going to build on this success through the Scottish Government’s Parental Engagement Action Plan.