Falkirk Council Events for Parents

This page will be used to advise you of any Falkirk Council parent workshops or meetings. 

If you wish to attend these events please e-mail education.communications@falkirk.gov.uk to book a place.

Update 3.2.13 – Parent Sessions

Family ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Where? – Stenhousemuir Primary School
When? – Monday afternoons, 4 – 6pm
Who? – Anybody who speaks English as a second language and their children.
Why? –
· To help the families improve their English language skills.

· To help parents understand the Scottish school system.

· To feel more able to join in school events.

· To help meet the challenges of living in a new culture.

· To help become part of your new Scottish community

· To have fun and meet new people

What? – Parents and children work together for the first half of the session on some interesting topic chosen by the parents, the children or suggested by the tutors.
In the second half parents work with one tutor while the children work with the another tutor or volunteer. Meet representatives from other organisations in the area. There is a crèche for small children.
Interested? – Come to the group any evening to find out more OR Phone 01324 503674 for more information.

NPFS – Parent Information Event – New National Qualifications
The National Parent Forum of Scotland is delighted to invite to attend an information event in your area:
Qualifications Plus: Ann opportunity for parents and carers to find out about the new National Qualifications and beyond. Please click on the links below to book your FREE places at your closest venue – places are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
East of Scotland:
Tuesday 5 March 6-9 pm, St Thomas of Aquin’s High School, Edinburgh
• Keynote Speaker: Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
• Presentation by the Scottish Qualifications Authority
Book now
West of Scotland:
Wednesday 13 March 6-9 pm, Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow
• Keynote Speaker: Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages
• Presentation by the Scottish Qualifications Authority
Book now.

Enquire – the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning
Enquire is funded by the Scottish Government to help parents, carers, children, young people and professionals understand the framework for supporting children who require additional support for learning and to encourage positive partnerships between families, schools and local authorities to ensure children get the right support.
Enquire receive over 1,000 enquiries every year, mainly from parents and carers worried about some part of their child’s education – that their child is struggling in school, has a particular condition or is not getting the help they need. In feedback about the service, parents and carers consistently say they wished they had known about the Enquire sooner and that it helped them feel more confident in working better with school staff.
We would very much appreciate your help in raising awareness of Enquire with parents in your local area. I would be happy to send copies of our free resources (including The parents’ guide to additional support for learning or our parents leaflet) for handing out at parent events.
Enquire offers independent, confidential advice and information on additional support for learning through:
Telephone Helpline: 0845 123 2303
Email Enquiry service: info@enquire.org.uk
A range of clear and easy-to-read guides and factsheets including The parents’ guide to additional support for learning.
Resources for children and young people
Two websites: www.enquire.org.uk (for parents, carers and professionals) and www.enquire.org.uk/yp (for children and young people)
If you have a question about additional support for learning, no matter how small, get in touch.
The information below is circulated on behalf of Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Church.

Parents Information Session – 5th March – Education Services Budget
Gary Greenhorn, Head of Educational Resources will lead this information session on the 5th of March starting at 7pm in Camelon Education Centre, Abercrombie Street, Camelon. This session will last around two hours, with a break for tea and coffee, is open to all parents and will explain how the Education Services Budget is set with time for a question and answer session. In the past, this session has been quite popular because it is such an important topic, so please put your name down to attend and encourage others to do so as soon as possible. We plan to send out budget information papers attached to a future PC / PTA update e-mail prior to the session. To attend this session – e-mail education.communications@falkirk.gov.uk. Please let us know if you have any access or communication needs.

Superhero Rock Band
Falkirk Old and St. Modan’s Parish Church (the Church opposite Marks and Spencer on the High Street) are excited to announce that we are hosting a concert for Christian rock band ‘Superhero’ in the Sanctuary on Sunday March 3rd 2013 at 7.30pm. A hugely popular group from Glasgow, Superhero are undertaking their ‘Battle For Your Soul’ Spring tour in the next few weeks, playing in churches and high schools throughout the UK.
We are aiming this concert at everyone from P7 and above – all are welcome! Our café will be open for tea and coffee for any parents/carers who want to wait in the Church but don’t want to attend the concert. Snacks, juice and merchandise will also be available on the night. It is anticipated that the event will finish around 9.45pm. We would ask that parents/carers make sure that safe travel arrangements are in place for their children.
To find out more about Superhero, go to:
Tickets for this fantastic event cost £5 and are available from the Church Office.

Message and update from Diane Cherry.

Parents and Families Workshop Event – 3rd November

Thank you again to all of you who came along to the Parents and Families Workshop Event in Grangemouth High School. Some of you asked if Andrew Sutherland’s opening presentation could be made more widely available for those who weren’t able to attend. I can tell you that it is now on the Falkirk Council website – follow this link to see the presentation called ‘Aiming High’ – http://www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/education/information_for_parents/parental_support/parental_involvement/parents_families_workshop.aspx.

Message sent on behalf of Education Scotland

Scottish Education Awards 2013 – Nominations Now Open!

Nominations for the 2013 awards are now open, visit the Scottish Education Awards Website for more information and to submit a nomination.

The Scottish Education Awards celebrate the hard work and success in Scottish Education. They recognise the achievements of people who dedicate their lives to children and young people and showcase the valuable work and innovation in learning environments across Scotland.

Message sent on behalf of NPFS (National Parent Forum of Scotland)

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