Supporting parents in the “senior phase” (the experiences of parents and students)

Understanding the Scottish education system can be difficult, particularly with new exams being introduced and the huge variety of choices that are available to young people on leaving school. Many children who arrive in Scotland aged 14 or 15 will only have a short time in school before having to make big choices that will effect the rest of their lives. Getting support and guidance from parents at this stage is vital but not all parents have the knowledge and confidence to be able to support their children.

At St Mungo’s Academy in the east end of Glasgow a pilot group was started to help EAL (English as an Additional Language) parents. We were able to speak to one of the parents involved, Khadiga, about her experiences of being part of the group.

The group also used EAL students to help run the group- this included welcoming parents, serving refreshments, taking photos and interpreting for parents. Mohammed Amin and Mohamed Adam talked to us about their role in the group

To see our interview with Latif and Shagufta, the EAL teachers who organised the group, click here