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National Improvement Framework Evidence Report

​The National Improvement Framework aims to provide better information about how well children and young people are doing in education. This year’s information was published in the 2017 National Improvement Framework (NIF) Evidence Report.

The NIF Evidence Report brings together information from across the priority areas for education. These include for example, literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing and parental engagement. The report also contains information on closing the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged children.

Information in the NIF Report will help teachers, local authorities, and the Scottish Government learn from good practice, and develop plans where further improvements are needed.

Evidence collected on parental engagement was gathered from a range of sources. These included surveys filled in by parents before early learning and childcare (ELC) and school inspections, the National Parent Forum of Scotland’s Review of Parental Involvement, and the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN).

You can read the full results in the Report on the Scottish Government website. However you might also be interested in some of the statistics below.

Of parents surveyed by Education Scotland before inspections*:

  • ​83% of parents whose children attend ELC settings, and 70% of parents whose children attend school, agreed that they were given advice on how to support their child’s learning at home.

  • 92% of parents whose children attend ELC settings, and 81% of parents whose children attend school, agreed that they were given helpful information about how their child was doing.

  • 74% of parents whose children attend ELC settings, and 78% of parents whose children attend school, agreed that they were kept informed about the work of the Parent Council or Group.

The SSLN data showed that 78% of P4 pupils who completed the survey question ‘how often someone at home asked about what you did at school’ responded "very often"​.

These statistics and others in the Report are important because of the difference that parental engagement makes to ​child​ren and young people's learning. Research shows that when children and young people have someone at home who shows an interest in their school work, they tend to do better.

ELC settings and schools are keen to improve parental engagement. You can help support this improvement by letting your ELC setting or school know what would be helpful to you.

Did you know:

  • Ensuring parents have access to the information they need to allow them to play a key role in their child’s education is key to raising attainment.

  • You can contact your child’s school regarding the progress your child is making at any time.

  • If you would like more information about how you can support your child’s learning at home you can ask your ELC setting or school for advice on this.

  • Engaging in conversation with your child about school helps them to see that: you are interested in their education but also that you are there to help support them.

  • Parents should have the opportunity to express their views and have these taken into account. In schools, views can be shared via Parent Councils or directly with your child’s headteacher. In ELC settings you can speak to the head or manager.

  • Parents from all backgrounds and cultures can get involved in the life and work of their child’s ELC setting or school. To find out ways that you can help, you should contact your child’s ELC setting or school.

*Inspections were carried out between January and June 2017. These results are not representative of parents across Scotland​.​​

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