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Developing the Young Force : DYW Virtual Parents’ event

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Developing the Young Workforce are excited to launch our first virtual Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Event Series! Our Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Events are a series of four broadcasts running throughout the summer, which will allow parents, carers and guardians to hear about the things that matter to them right now.The events will provide parents and carers with information about options and pathways for young people, including where they can go to make informed judgements to support their young.

Register to the event : DYW Virtual Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Event

If you are a young person, educator, parent or carer, employer, or organisation you will find online support and resources to assist you in all aspects of the Developing the Young Workforce programme.

This is an evolving project and is designed to compliment the work of all stakeholders engaged in the DYW programme. Our initial bank of resources aims to support those in the senior phase and beyond but, we will expand these resources to aid stakeholders from early learning onwards, in the coming months.

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Heriot-Watt University : Virtual Open Day

Heriot-Watt University would like to invite pupils to join them for their Virtual Open Days. These will provide key information on our programmes and campuses, as well as give attendees the opportunity to engage with current students through panel sessions and other live content. The Edinburgh Campus event will take place on Friday 3 July, with details available on a wide range of subject areas including the Social Sciences, Technology and Engineering. Those interested in pursuing Textiles and Design programmes are encouraged to register for the Scottish Borders Campus event that will run on the same date. Registration forms are available at

In addition to this activity, the university will also be hosting a series of follow up webinar sessions between Monday 6 July and Friday 17 July. During this time, there will be further opportunities to put questions to the academic staff and admissions colleagues. As part of the programme, the Scottish and UK Recruitment Manager will lead two information sessions for parents and carers, covering not only the support Heriot-Watt University offers to students but also the broader higher education climate in Scotland. These will take place at 19:00 on Tuesday 7 July and Wednesday 15 July, with the link to join us now available at If you feel this webinar would be of interest, please register.

Contact details for further information

Ailsa Mackay

Student Recruitment Assistant

Student Recruitment Service
Heriot-Watt University
EH14 4AS


Scottish Centre of Conflict Resolution

Family life can be stressful at times, particularly just now when the future is uncertain, and all family members are competing for space and independence.

Many families are finding things challenging and it’s hard to know what to do in difficult family situations.

Parents and carers in Edinburgh are welcome to attend a free online workshop with the Cyrenian’s Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR).

Thursday 2nd July at 7.30pm on Zoom. This workshop has been developed to support you during this stressful time with practical advice from SCCR followed by a friendly open discussion.

This short online session gives parents and carers of teenagers the opportunity to recognise and reflect on some of the dynamics of conflict in their family and consider more effective approaches that could be used to improve relationships and wellbeing.

Grab your space by signing up for free here:

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Equalities Statement

Black Lives Matter

Recent events in the US, in particular the shocking death of George Floyd, and the global response are shining a light again on the harmful and persistent issue of institutionalised racism.  We fully recognise that it is no less an issue in the UK and Scotland.  We have a list of similar deaths of black citizens, and we have witnessed the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

We are heartened by the concern and support expressed by pupils, parents and staff from across our learning communities in recent days.  We are all rightly asking what more we can and should do to support our Black, Asian and minority ethnic pupils and colleagues.

We re-affirm and strengthen our commitment to confronting and addressing racism and discrimination in all its forms through strong anti-racist leadership, teaching and youth work.  Our recent engagement with BAME young people and partner organisations has shown that there is much more that we can do and we will continue to listen and learn.  We have started by implementing a revised anti-bullying procedure supported by training for senior leaders and pupil Equalities groups and we are working to ensure that Black history and its role in our city is a core part of a decolonised and inclusive curriculum.  We will increase training for all school staff and have set up a working group as part of a national commitment to increasing diversity in the teaching workforce.

We believe that our schools have a vital role to play in tackling racism and creating a city where all are treated with dignity and respect.  We want all our children and young people to thrive and lead in a diverse and complex world.  We do not underestimate the challenge of this deep-rooted problem.  We are fully committed to making a difference, harnessing the compassion, energy and creativity of our children, young people, families and staff to make Edinburgh a city where there is no place for discrimination or injustice.

On behalf of,

The City of Edinburgh Council Equalities Steering Group (Education)

The above statement has been prepared to clearly state our position as staff working within Children and Families.  

Lorna Sweeney

(Chair) Equalities Steering Group (Education)

Annemarie Procter

C&F Equalities Lead