school children

Missing Out. A report on children at risk of missing out on educational opportunities

This report aims to highlight characteristics of good practice, raise issues and suggest further ways of improving the overall performance of pupils. As well as revealing some good practice, the findings highlight a number of issues including a lack of consistency and clarity across Scotland in identifying, measuring, and tackling underachievement for the lowest-attaining pupils.

Sex education in Scottish schools

Web pages that contain updated information on sex education in Scottish schools including a Summary of National Advice on Sex Education, A Guide for Parents and Carers and Guidance for Schools and Local Authorities on Effective Consultation with Parents and Carers.

Drug education in schools

Report evaluating the quality of drug education programmes witnessed in schools during a survey. It sketches young people's use of drugs including alcohol and tobacco and identifies aspects of provision, e.g. teaching, which have improved since the last Ofsted report in 1997.

About learning

Report of a study established to look at the whole issue of learning in schools and consider the development of a working vocabulary for practitioners and policymakers centred on the concept of learning for pupils of school age. It also attempts to clarify the concept of learning to learn.

National care standards: school care accommodation services

This publication describes the new standards for school care accommodation services which have been developed from the point of view of children or young people who use the services.

The standards are grouped under headings that follow the child or young person's journey through the service.

School discipline: your powers and rights as a teacher

Leaflet that highlights the main rights and powers now available to teachers, so as to support work in managing pupil behaviour.

Parent power

Report surveying the state of the school education system in Scotland and advocating greater power for parents and autonomy for schools as a means of improving standards in school education.

Healthy food provision and promotion in schools : a literature review

Review exploring the evidence on healthy food provision and promotion in schools from various standpoints such as the policy context for food and health in Scotland, UK and beyond, the effects of choice and social inequalities and influences such as the impact of the physical and social environment.

Protecting children: a shared responsibility

National guidance for education authorities, independent schools, school staff and all others working with children in an education context in Scotland. Published in March 2003.

Safe and well

Handbook for schools and education authorities describing good practice in child protection in education and when a child goes missing from education.