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 - 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

NEW - 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

Manifesto commitment to child rights ahead of General Election

UK political parties have launched their manifestos with some commitments to children's rights. More HERE

Ahead of GE2017 calls for action for children and families

Children in Scotland has identify action that will have a positive impact on the lives of children. Download the pdf doc HERE

Scottish Children’s Services Coalition manifesto for the Council elections

The manifesto claims Scotland faces a potential “lost generation” of children and young people with additional support needs (ASN) if cuts in local authority budgets continue. More HERE

Stigma in childhood

The seminars (May 26th and June 26th) will address the unique issues for children who experience stigma - for example care experienced children, disabled children, refugees - as well as common issues which allow learning from the experience of stigma in adulthood. It will consider how stigma is experienced by children from different places, and how it manifests itself. More HERE

Talking to children about terrorism

When randomly violent things happen in places that are familiar to children, their fear and anxiety can be very real, even if they do not mention it. 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

#IncludED in the Main?!

ENABLE Scotland’s national conversation about the educational experiences for young people who have learning disabilities. The call is to act to make truly inclusive education a reality. Download the pdf 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

Poverty matters this Christmas

More and more children are going hungry and being left behind. 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

Scotland’s age of criminal responsibility is too low

Scotland is the only country in Europe where an 8-year-old can gain a criminal record. The Commissioners Office says this needs to change. More HERE

People’s Postcode Trust – 2016 Grants

People’s Postcode Trust provides funding for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, support healthy living initiatives and uphold human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. Fund open for applications on 1st September. More HERE

How good is our Learning and Development in our Community?

Education Scotland has refreshed its self-evaluation framework for Community Learning and Development practitioners. 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 UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reviews performance on the UNCRC

UK and Scottish officials were questioned to assess the extent to which children's rights are protected, respected and fulfilled. The UN Committees observations have been published. The Committee is seriously concerned at the effects that recent fiscal policies and allocation of resources have had in contributing to inequality in children’s enjoyment of their rights, disproportionately affecting children in disadvantaged situations. More HERE

Time to be bold and innovative in Scottish education

The election campaign saw all parties stressed the important of education now Liz May from Action for Sick Children urges the new Government to act to deliver a more equal society. More HERE

Minimum age of criminal responsibility

The Independent Advisory Group that has released its report on the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Scotland. The key recommendation is that the age of criminal responsibility should be raised from 8 to 12 years as soon as possible. More HERE

The right to education: breaking down the barriers

What are the barriers to participating in education? How do you include all learners in the classroom? These questions and more are addressed in this free global online course. More HERE

National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education Interim Report

Looking back to evidence from 2015 this Report is the first annual report provides an overview of education in Scotland, bringing together what we currently know about Scottish education into one document. More HERE

Equally Protected? A review of the evidence on the physical punishment of children

A new report calls for all physical punishment of children to be prohibited by law in Scotland, amongst other policy recommendations. More HERE

Education 2030

Over 130 Education Ministers and more than 1500 participants have now adopted ‘Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all’ a declaration reaffirming that education is a public good and a fundamental human right and a basis for guaranteeing the realisation of other rights. Download the pdf HERE

Tackling inequalities in the early years: key messages from 10 years of the Growing up in Scotland study

The report compares outcomes for and experiences of children in households with higher and lower incomes, exploring the socio-economic gap and highlighting key messages from the study about to improve outcomes for all children and to reduce inequalities. More HERE

MSPs to review educational and cultural bodies including Education Scotland

The Scottish Parliament Education Committee will examine the spending decisions made and outcomes delivered by Education Scotland.  Evidence is sought by 14 September 2015 with the Committee exploring issues on 27th October. More 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

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

Scotland: the best place in the world to bring up children?

This Parenting across Scotland publication is a collection of essays about what needs to happen to make Scotland the best place in the world to bring up children. Download the pdf HERE

The probationer teacher website

Probationer Teacher Scotland, the online resource for student, probationer and newly qualified teachers, has been re-launched. More HERE

what community development does: a short guide for decision makers on how it achieves results

This resource explains what community development is and why policy makers should value community development as a way of achieving local and national outcomes. More HERE

If you have examples of practice, innovative approaches, learning and experience to share please get in touch by emailing