Critical Stance

PINS is interested in exploring how the voluntary and statutory sectors approach and evaluate their work with children and young people who are disaffected or disengaged from learning and schooling. Taking a Critical Stance aims to support you to develop how you think about and evaluate your work with children and young people.

NEW - Supporting the mental health of staff

Staff working in educational settings are not exempt from the impact of trauma. How do we support them? Download the pdf doc HERE

Double standards in education reform?

Lesley Scott looks at the experiences of learners with chronic illness. More HERE

Growing up in Scotland: Life at age 12

Some initial findings on educational aspirations, relationships, social media and internet use, risky behaviours, healthy weight and life satisfaction. More HERE

Independent review of the Primary 1 Scottish National Standardised Assessments

The review makes recommendations but says there is educational justification for the tests. Download the pdf doc HERE

Empowering Schools: education reform update

An update on the progress of the Scottish Government’s programme of education reform. More HERE

The gender gap in Scotland’s schools

A product of the sexism ingrained within our system? More HERE

Evaluation of the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund

Evaluation of a major source  of finding for 3rd sector agencies has been published. More HERE

Children's Health and Wellbeing - Horizon Scanning Review

The review summarises the predicted societal trends and shifts that will shape the lives of children and young people over the next decade. More HERE

Third sector calls for end to two-child benefit cap

Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Women's Aid and Engender call for the scrapping of the two-child cap . More HERE

More BAME teachers needed to defeat prejudice

There must be greater diversity in Scotland’s teaching profession to help promote equality. More HERE

The truth about CAMHS and what schools can do

“In an ideal world, we would have more clinicians, more therapists, better facilities. But until that happens, here are five things that will help”. More HERE

What is the impact of community-based universal youth work and what impact is achieved?

YouthLink and partners explore the question through the experience of young people. More HERE

Progressing the human rights of children

Ministers to report to the Scottish Parliament every 3 years on the steps they have taken in that period to secure better or further effect the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This is their report HERE

Scotland as an ACE aware nation

Gary Walsh asks when it comes to ACEs, is Scotland taking the right approach? More HERE

25 Calls to change children’s lives for the better

Children in Scotland’s anniversary campaign brings together diverse voices to propose how children can experience greater equality and strengthened human rights.  More HERE

What would you like to change in your local area?

Young people can apply to put their ideas into action and change places for the better – where they live, play, hang out or go to school. More HERE

Why I withdrew my child from the P1 tests

A parent blogs about the new primary one Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSAs). More HERE

International Council of Education Advisors

The group of international experts established by Scottish Government has met for the fourth time – with lots to say in support of teaching and learning. More HERE

Pilton Perceptions

A group of young people from Pilton in Edinburgh are campaigning about stereotypes after they feel unfairly judged because of where they live. More HERE

The schools that don’t do happy – blog from John McGrath

I don't want excellence or world-class learning, I want happiness. More HERE

Women in Leadership: Time to try something different?

Dona Milne explores the issue for the youth sector. More HERE

Improving gender balance awareness and practice in learning

Research and resources to help ensure the learning environment is not unduly influenced or limited by gender. More HERE

A talk to teachers

This seminal essay from James Baldwin: “Let’s begin by saying that we are living through a very dangerous time”. More HERE

Young people's experience of education and training

Young people report a strong focus on attainment and qualifications within schools, to the neglect of wider development and support needs – just one of the findings from the review. More HERE

UK welfare policy: impact on families with children

Since 2010, successive UK Governments have introduced a raft of welfare changes in pursuit of their austerity approach to deficit reduction. As this report shows, these changes have targeted people on low incomes across Scotland, with families with children the hardest hit. More HERE

31 things your kid should be doing instead of homework

Elementary teacher from the US reflects on a changing view of homework for younger learners. More HERE

Why do teachers stay in the profession?

New research reports that teachers who serve the longest are motivated to stay because they are good at it and make a difference. More HERE

Ethnically mixed schools create more positive attitudes

Research finds that pupils have more positive attitudes to one another in mixed schools than in segregated ones. More HERE

It is not Cool to be Cruel: prejudice-based bullying and harassment of children and young people in schools

A report from the Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee. Download the pdf doc HERE

The Life Chances of Young People in Scotland

A report from Naomi Eisenstadt, Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality, outlines key issues facing young people today, and offers recommendations for government, employers, and for wider society, to improve the life chances of young people. More HERE

Young Carers: review of Research and Data

Caring may adversely affect a young person's education but there is inconsistent evidence on the extent of the impact. More HERE

The Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures

“We want a world where all children and young people have what they need to reach their potential”. The Institute brings together the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland and the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice. More  HERE

Evidence is a journey

If you view gathering evidence as simply a means of demonstrating outcomes, you’re missing a trick. More HERE

What is pedagogy?

It would be a mistake to think it’s just about the craft of teaching because it’s also the process of accompanying learners, caring for and about them, and bringing learning into life. More HERE

What matters is what teachers do and think

Class sizes, uniforms and streaming by ability make little or no difference to whether children learn – rather, it’s all about teaching. More HERE

Talking dyslexia

Listen to the latest of the Dyslexia Scotland podcasts with adults with dyslexia, with rugby international Kenny Logan.More HERE

Preconception health, education and care should become a Scottish priority

If Scotland is serious about preventative spending and giving children the best start in life then local and national efforts to focus on the preconception period offer an opportunity to make these aspirations real. In a new report Dr Jonathan Sher has distilled the current evidence on the impact of preconception care and has made a number of recommendations for action. Download the pdf HERE 

The Perfect Panel Member

Care experienced young people tell us what kind of person would make the perfect panel member. Watch the video HERE

EQUIP: Quality improvements for youth groups in Scotland

Engaging with the EQUIP process will help youth groups to improve how they run their group and the opportunities they provide for young people. More HERE

Universal Youth Work a critical review

The LAYC review explores the importance and impact of universal youth work. Download the pdf
HERE

Evaluating creative experiences

Creativity is increasingly recognised as an essential higher order thinking skill for learning, life and work. A new online tool the Brewstometer introduces the principles of creativity and helps learners reflect upon and evaluate any creative experience they have had recently. This could include a lesson, a workshop, a performance, a gallery visit or project. More HERE