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Our generation’s epidemic: Young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

New research from the Scottish Youth Parliament highlights some worrying findings relating to young people and their mental health. [read more...]

Understanding the basics 1 – What is additional support for learning?

This is the first of a series of blogs looking at some of the key information about how children are supported in school. Look out for future posts about: How does Getting it Right for Every Child and Additional Support for Learning fit together? Assessment Staged Interventions – What’s it all about? What does the [read more...]

Understanding the basics 2: How does Getting it Right for Every Child and Additional Support for Learning fit together?

It’s easy for people who work in the children’s sector to forget that the daily language they use is gobbledygook to most parents. It’s all too easy to start using shorthand –  (GIRFEC, ASL, CSP’s, SHANARRI, CfE,)* etc and forget these mean nothing to most parents until they are sitting in a room with professionals waiting [read more...]

Understanding the basics 3: Assessment

Parents contact Enquire’s helpline at various times in their child’s life but we often hear from parents first when they are worried their child may have additional support needs or they feel their additional support needs have not been fully identified. This can be an emotional and worrying time and families are often not sure [read more...]

Key manifesto pledges – What the five main political parties are saying about education

If education is a deciding factor in how you’ll vote on Thursday you’ll be interested in comparing the key pledges from the five main parties. All the party manifestos highlight a political desire to improve the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland. Here at Enquire, we are particularly pleased that many of the [read more...]

Understanding the basics 4: Choosing a school

On our helpline we often hear from parents and carers who are trying to decide which school is best for their child. Although parents don’t have a right to visit prospective schools the majority of schools will welcome visitors. If you are able to visit a school you may find the following tips useful: Some [read more...]

Understanding the basics 5: What does the law say about part-time education?

We sometimes hear from parents whose children are not attending school full-time and who want to know what their child’s rights are to full-time education. Here’s some information that parents find useful when discussing full and part-time education with their school or local authority: A child has the right to an education that meets his [read more...]

Improving childhoods – Children in Scotland manifesto

With less than a week to go until the Scottish elections education, children’s rights and wellbeing are hot topics for the political parties campaigning for our votes. In the recent  Children in Scotland election special magazine  four of Scotland’s main party leaders,  as well as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, set out their visions for children, young people and families. It makes for [read more...]

Sally Paterson, Qualified Teacher Visually Impairment, Royal Blind Learning Hub

What does your role involve? I am the manager of the Royal Blind Learning Hub. The Learning Hub is a new education support service designed to give information and training to teaching staff working with a pupil with visual impairment in mainstream schools. This is done through face to face contact, seminars and via resources [read more...]

What you need to know if your child is missing school.

As they grow up children often miss a bit of school now and again because of common childhood illnesses. This doesn’t usually affect their education as they will catch up with any work they missed. But if a child misses a lot of school it can have a big impact on their education and how [read more...]

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