Termly Parent Council Meeting – Summary of May’s Meeting
Ten schools were represented at meeting.
- The Alcohol & Drug Partnership led a discussion about alcohol and licensing on school premises. In summary in the key areas discussed were:
- Whether or not alcohol should be available at school events when children are present
- Role modelling of adults social drinking and the impact on children
- Scottish drinking culture and reality of statistics
- Alex Nicol from ACPF shared his experience and the need for Risk Assessments (see information below)
- Matt Reid – Development Officer for Pupil Voice and Global Citizenship presented information on the importance of Pupil Voice and how he is supporting schools to develop this. The project is based on the UNCRC, with particular reference to children’s rights. The group discussed the similarities of Pupil Voice and Parent Council and potential opportunities for working in partnership with pupils to share interests in projects and school improvement. Matt’s presentation is available on hardcopy / electronically.
Next meeting will be in September, date to be confirmed – the main theme will be Rights Respecting Schools
Public Liability Insurance & Risk Assessments
Public Liability Insurance will be renewed automatically this year and a confirmation letter will be sent directly to your school. The insurer requires that a risk assessment be completed prior to each PC/PTA event. Please find attached information from Alex Nicol Chair of Aberdeen City Parent Forum who will be happy to support and advise you.
Accounts for 14/15 should be submitted by the end of term 3rd July 15. Excel Spread sheets are now available to support your book keeping practice. If you are unclear about any of the procedures or require help in preparing your accounts please get in contact with myself or Amanda Moir.
What’s happening Locally
Save the Date Event on GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child)
Aberdeen Parent Council Forum will be hosting a parents question and answer session in conjunction with National Parent Forum of Scotland about the Named Person. Venue to be confirmed after the summer. Date will be Thursday 3rd September 2015
What’s happening Nationally
Scottish Government Survey – Calling parents of three or four year olds
As part of proposals to increase free child care provision for three or four year olds, the Scottish Government are looking for parents of three or four year olds to help them understand their child care needs by completing their survey.
Take part in the Scottish Government survey on childcare needs follow the link: http://register.scotland.gov.uk/s/1f80d9
A new Scottish Government research report, carried out by Edinburgh University researchers, explores what support fathers might benefit from in the workplace in order to reach their full professional potential – and be able to fully engage in family life to the extent they want. It draws on data from the Growing Up in Scotland study and from in-depth interviews with fathers working in the public sector.
Read the Fathers in the early years report