Education Scotland provides advice, support, resources and staff development to the
education community, creating a culture of innovation, ambition and excellence throughout
Scottish education. It also includes a section on Curriculum for Excellence.
Children 1st, a registered charity previously known as the Royal Scottish Society
for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSSPCC), has over 125 years’ experience of
working with children and families. Children 1st provides ParentLine Scotland, which
offers support and help by phone and by email, to any adult worried about a child
no matter how big or small the issue. The helpline provides time and space for adults
to talk about their concerns and to get a bit of extra support at a time that suits
them, while the email service can help those who prefer to write things down rather
than pick up the phone. ParentLine Scotland is also part of the national kinship
care service providing help, support and information to grandparents, aunts and uncles
and other relatives who find themselves looking after a child in the family when
their parents can't.
The SCHOLAR Forum provides high quality web-based courses and a ‘virtual college’
support network. Drawing on Heriot-Watt University’s special expertise in interactive
and distance learning, SCHOLAR materials have been specially written by subject specialists
from schools, colleges and the university.
SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) is an executive non-departmental public body
(NDPB) sponsored by the Scottish Government Schools Directorate. It is the national
body in Scotland responsible for the development, accreditation, assessment and certification
of qualifications other than degrees.