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Bankhead Parent Council have shared the following surveys, resources and links from various organisations to help parents & carers. We hope you find these to be useful!

Child Poverty Action Group

If you are a parent or carer with children at school, CPAG really want to hear what you have to say about how you are coping during this Coronavirus crisis. To complete their survey, visit

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3R66RMC or contact them at ukcosd@cpag.org.uk

 

National Parent Forum of Scotland

NPFS are working with the Scottish Government to ensure that parents' voices are heard and feedback your views.

- What would you like the return to school to look like?

- What are your top priorities to be considered in deciding when children return to school?

The NPFS are looking for parents to comment to them on how they would like the return to school to look. They can comment on Facebook, twitter or by email - office@npfs.org.uk

 

RespectMe - Scotland's Anti-Bullying Service

Message from RespectMe:

Support for parents and carers during the Covid-19 pandemic

Many of you will be dealing with new and complex challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to offer you reassurance and let you know that we are here to support you. Please see below for our updated resources for parents and carers, and for information on our continued delivery of service.

Children and young people may be spending more time online at home than usual. For most, the internet will remain a fun and helpful tool to stay connected, however increased time online also comes with risks, and in times of uncertainty incidences of prejudice-based bullying and hate crime can rise. We have created a new tip sheet to help parents and carers keep their children safe when it comes to online bullying.?

To keep up to date with our work, you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Stay safe and well
 
The team @ respectme

 

Connect - Supporting Partnerships in Education

  • On-line Sessions for Parents

Connect is hosting two online sessions with Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland (CPAG) on 14/05/2020. For more information, click here to download the flyer for the event.

  • eUpdate from Connect

While we are in lockdown, the best ways to contact us are by email on info@connect.scot or through Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

We're sharing a second update with you this month as we face these COVID-19 times together.  We want to make sure you have the information you need.  Please remember, you are doing a great job in tough circumstances.  
Below, you'll find information about 

Information and links: If you need urgent help and also for support for mental health
If you need urgent or specialist help, or information about local arrangements to support people during this crisis, we've listed national and local authority helplines and web pages here. We will update this information as it changes whenever possible. 

As part of our Kind to Minds mental health work, we've created a web page of helplines and internet-based support with mental health for parents/carers, young people and children. The stresses, anxiety and uncertainty of the COVID-19 lock down are challenging for everyone. Please reach out to one of the organisations listed here for information and support if you need it. 

Connect's How are you doing? Parent/carer Survey 
Thank you very much to parents and carers who've already taken part in our 'How are you doing?' survey.  It's running until 30 April so please make your voices heard here.  

So far, parent/carer worries include: struggling with school work (lack of equipment, parents working, additional support needs, young people feeling low), health/money concerns, transitions between nursery and school or school and college, university or work, qualifications, mental health and the long term impacts of this lock-down on children and young people.

Because we're really keen for schools/nurseries, local authorities, Scottish Government and partners to factor parents' voices into their plans, we've put together early findings from the survey (as at 9 April), along with individual parents' responses. You can read these here.  On the same web page, you''ll find our statement about learning at home. We're keen to take the pressure off parents: home learning is not the same as home-schooling and parents are not teachers. Children and young people learn life skills at home all the time; doing school work is not possible for everyone for a host of very good reasons.  We also say your family's health and well being is the most important thing.  A full report of the survey will be published in May. 

Look out for details of more Q & A Information Sessions on our social media platforms in the coming weeks or check our website here

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Update
We know how concerned parents/carers and young people are about arrangements for awarding this year's SQA qualifications.  It's been a very confusing time.  We've asked the SQA for clear, parent/learner-friendly information; some of this is now available here. This statement from the SQA sets out what is going to happen with National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications, the overall timetable and what the appeals process will be. We're seeking clarification on some aspects of the statement for you. 

Connect's Activity Suggestions on Facebook
Each weekday at 9am, we're posting a few activity suggestions on our Facebook page. The ideas are as parent (and child) friendly as possible ie no fancy kit, no school work and minimal parental stress. We know there has been a big flurry of suggestions on social media - don't panic as many of them are the same ones, recirculating! Parents and carers are doing an amazing job and only you know what works best for your family.  

Need to hold an online meeting for your parent group soon? 
If your parent group needs to meet online soon, or if you need to hold an Annual General Meeting, have a look at our web page on using online meeting platforms such as Zoom here. Or you can join our online AGM (details above) and see how it works