Professional Learning Resources
On this page, you will find research, articles, web links and other resources from the UK and from around the world which we hope will be useful to education professionals as part of their professional learning. Our focus continues to be parental and family engagement in children's learning.
We also share links with you here to the legislative and policy drivers within the Scottish education system.
Please make use of the resources on these pages and let us know if you have ideas for additional resources - feedback is always welcome! If resources are marked 'Members Only', you will need to become a Member of Connect to access these resources. You can join Connect by completing a Membership application which is available here.
If you become a Member of Connect, you will be able to access all areas of this website. As well as professional learning resources, you will be able to access information leaflets and resources for parents and Parent Councils to support your approach to family engagement.
A Reading List on Parental and Family Engagement in Children's Learning
Interested in the academic research on family engagement in children's learning? Have a look at these suggestionsResource Members Only
National Network of Partnership Schools
The National Network of Partnership Schools invites schools, districts, states, and organisations to use research-based approaches to family engagement in learningResource Members Only
Skills Development Scotland
Skills Development Scotland offers careers guidance and career education as well as career advisors in high schoolsResource Members Only
My World of Work
Scotland’s online careers information and advice service – offering tools to help with career choicesResource Members Only
Laws and Policies for Families and Schools
The legal and policy essentials for parents and schoolsLeaflet Members Only
Communicating with the School Community
Communicating with the School CommunityLeaflet Members Only
Surveys and Questionnaires
Our guide to conducting surveys and questionnairesLeaflet Members Only
Engaging Parents in the Parent Council and the School
Communicating well with parents is essential for engaging families in the life of the schoolLeaflet Members Only
Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 Guidance and Duties for Local Authorities, Schools and Parent Councils
Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 Guidance and Duties for Local Authorities, Schools and Parent CouncilsResource Members Only
A List of Acronyms Used in Scottish Education
Unfold the mysteries of Scottish Education by reading this List of Acronyms Used in Scottish EducationResource Members Only
Connect Member Application Form
Apply to become a Member of Connect with our Connect Application Form. You can then access all Connect resources listed on this pageResource Members Only
What is Partnership Schools Scotland?
Connect's explanation of its fantastic parental engagement in education Partnership Schools Scotland project What is Partnership Schools Scotland?Leaflet Members Only
Connect's Jargon Buster - A List of Terms Used in Scottish Education
We know that education is notorious for jargon - our new guide will help you through the languageResource Members Only
Equality and Fairness: Glossary
Our Equality and Fairness: Glossary helps you to find your way through the words commonly used to discuss equality and fairnessResource Members Only
Inclusion Health Check: Support for Families with Money Worries
How can your parent group help families with money worries? Have a look at our Health CheckResource Members Only
Parent Councils - Top Tips for Welcoming New Parents and Families
Our top tips suggest many ways of helping new families to settle in quickly to your school communityResource Members Only
Connect and Stirling Council's Parental Engagement Strategy
Connect was involved in the development of Stirling Council's strategyResource Members Only
Supporting Transgender Young People: Guidance for Schools in Scotland
This guidance offers a full and helpful information pack if you parent or work with transgender young peopleFAQ Members Only
Dispelling the Myth of Parental 'Poverty of Aspiration'
Stirling University's Morag Treanor challenges the well-established myth that parents lack ambition for their childrenResource Members Only
Further Learning About Poverty
NHS Health Scotland's eLearning Module on Child Poverty, Health and WellbeingResource Members Only
Skills Development Scotland's Review of Connect's Partnership Schools Programme
Read Skills Development Scotland's report on our Partnership Schools Scotland programme so farResource Members Only