I am very aware that I spend myself in Education. Although I am a parent my view of the world is through the eyes of a teacher. I am very aware of the need to help find ways to help describe my world in a way that makes sense to parents and to learners. In this regard I wish to highlight resources produced by the National Parent forum for Scotland. These materials explain things to parents and learners in a very clear, visual and brief format. They include:
Guides for National courses called ‘Nationals in a Nutshell’: http://www.npfs.org.uk/nationals-in-a-nutshell/
Guides for the new Higher courses called ‘Highers in a Nutshell’: http://www.npfs.org.uk/highers-in-a-nutshell/
Information to support learning and revision called ‘Pointers for Parents and Pupils’: http://www.npfs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/pointersforparents_E1.pdf
Easy guides on how schools assess pupils in P1-S3: http://www.npfs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/nutshells_assessment_BGE_1506_E.pdf
…and assessment in the senior phase (S4-S6): http://www.npfs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/nutshells_assessment_E.pdf
Useful summary of the journey learners take through school: http://www.npfs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/npfs_learner_journey_white.pdf
….. and progression routes in secondary school: http://www.npfs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/nutshells_progression_E-1.pdf
There is an easy guide to learner pathways in the senior phase and beyond: http://www.npfs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/nutshells_pathway_E.pdf
a guide to skills: http://www.npfs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/nutshells_skills_E-1.pdf
… and careers: http://www.npfs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/NPFS_world_of_possibilities_1509_E.pdf
There are also easy guides to policy initiatives such the National Improvement framework: http://www.npfs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/NPFS_NIF_E-1.pdf
As well as producing helpful resources (such as the 11 examples above) the National Parent Forum are seeking views on topics such as the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence and Anti-Bullying.
We occasionally get paper copies of these resources but I would recommend that you keep this site as one of your favourites and visit it at key times when your child is at school.