From our work with ethnic minority parents it became clear that many parents do not understand the Scottish education system- parents were unsure how their children were being taught, what exams they would sit and did not know about all the options open to children on leaving school (including Modern Apprenticeships). In our research into the experiences of 164 ethnic minority families only 20% of the parents knew what the Curriculum for Excellence was, one parent, on being asked if she knew what the Curriculum for Excellence was, said
No idea at all- but I know from someone who told me it is very hard to understand (Mother, Pakistan)
We wanted to help EM parents to understand the education system in Scotland and build their capacity to best support their children’s learning. In October 2015, Gathered Together, in partnership with other organisations including SPTC, Glasgow EAL service, College Development Network and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland delivered a series of workshops for ethnic minority parents to help them understand the Scottish Education System including the Curriculum for Excellence, the options open to children once they leave school, how parental involvement works in Scotland and the legislation that is in place to keep children safe, healthy and happy. From these workshops we developed the toolkit as a resource for schools, parents and organisations supporting EM families.
This toolkit is for schools, parents and organisations working with EM families. We believe that it is vital that all parents are supported to become partners in their children’s learning and that parents from ethnic minorities are supported to be able to give their children the support and guidance they need to achieve their potential. This toolkit is designed to give parents a basic understanding of four key areas:
Each area includes a presentation and facilitator notes, handouts with additional resources and activities. When delivering the toolkit you may add or delete slides as you find appropriate and adapt the script to suit the style and length of your session.