Monday, 14 March 2016

'Success for children and young people - the role of parents and employers' - SPTC Lecture and AGM 2016

Thanks to everyone who attended our AGM and lecture last Tuesday! Your attendance made the event a great success and we enjoyed meeting some new faces as well as letting you know about our plans for the next year. Thanks also to the wonderful Liz Cameron OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, who delivered a stirring speech on Developing the Young Workforce and what we need to do to help young people in Scotland be the best they can be. And thanks to Joan Mackay, Education Scotland's Assistant Director of Children and Families, who moderated our discussion after the lecture - a discussion that heavily centered around gender issues in education - very appropriate for International Women's Day!

You can listen to the lecture on Radio Edutalk, as well as reading feedback from the event and seeing some photos from the night. 

Feedback from attendees

What more could SPTC do for your Parent Council/Organisation?

  • Set a fire under PC’s to act in support of schools
  • Provide training/workshops on effective PC organisation and activities
  • Focus on citizenship/activism to help challenge injustices, e.g., gender & economics etc.
  • Set the educational Agenda, rather than just react to Scottish Government priorities.

What will you take forward with your Parent Council/Organisation?

  • Get parents to use their employer/employee role to support the school and young people
  • Parents to get involved with local authority and government as well
  • Get PC to be more proactive on issues like gender
  • Encourage schools to make more connections with local businesses
  • Need to continue to look at why gender segregation still exists in 2016.  And take urgent steps to change this.
  • Work with Academy Senior Management Team to engage with a wider range of parental voices / opinions using a range of communications techniques.

What did you find useful this evening?

  • Scottish Chambers of Commerce vision of working with Developing the Young Workforce
  • Hearing about partnerships with parents, business, education etc and the importance of IT in every workplace.

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