Parents as Partners in Learning Award

The Scottish Education Awards recognise early learning and childcare settings and schools that have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation.

The culture and ethos of educational establishments should promote respect, ambition, creativity and achievement while improving outcomes for all learners in ways which eliminate inequity.

'Parents, carers and families are by far the most important influences in a child's life. Parents who take on a supportive role in their child' learning make a difference in improving achievement and behaviour.' (Guidance on the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006)

The Parents as Partners in Learning Award recognises innovative and effective practice in partnership working with parents and families to supports learning.

Please give careful thought to the points below before submitting your nomination. It is important that you provide as much detail as you can to give a good account of the practical activities and programmes you are supporting in relation to this award category. You should also answer each question fully as the scoring criteria for the awards are based on these questions. Bullet points and concise sentences are acceptable.

When submitting your nomination form please consider the following when answering the questions.


1. Please provide detail about all the activities, programmes and creative approaches you are taking forward in your setting in relation to this award category. How are these being embedded across the four contexts for learning? (Max 600 words)

For this award you may wish to describe the activities or practices that your educational establishment has undertaken in partnership with parents and families to support learning. This should include details of any partner organisations you are working with.

2. How are you promoting equity, equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to this award category? (Max 300 words)

For this award, you may wish to describe how and to what extent your establishment promotes respect, ambition, creativity and achievement while improving outcomes for all learners in ways which eliminate inequity.

3. What impact are your approaches having on learners, staff, their families, partner organisations, other educational establishments and the wider community? What evidence do you have to support this? (Max 300 words)

For this award, you may wish to describe the impact of your activities or practices on:

  • children and young people
  • parents
  • the whole school community
  • the wider community

Please note that nominations are considered for:

  • Scottish Government funded educational establishments and parents* working in partnership
  • Scottish Government funded educational establishments, parents and a partner organisation working in partnership.

*Parents may refer to all of the parents of children and young people attending an educational establishment, the parent council or association, or specific group/s of parents.