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Welcome to the latest edition of our e-newsletter!

Hello on a very wet September day,

It's good to be back in some sort of routine following an unusual year so far. Things are obviously not ‘back to normal’ in schools, but most seem to be managing to create a reasonably positive experience for our children. As always, I am grateful to all our school staff for their care and attention to all of the children in their care, particularly with all the extra pressures at present. The NPFS is keen to hear how things are going in your schools, and please let us know if we can ever help with any school related issues or answer any questions. 

The last few weeks have seen various extra measures put in place around schools. There are many different points of view in these discussions but please be assured that all of these views are represented in meetings the NPFS attends. I welcome these emails and I am very pleased that so many of you have taken the time to share your opinions with me. 

I’m happy that the NPFS is hosting another Q&A with the Deputy First Minister. The first one, in June, took place at a very different time for us all, where things looked very precarious for the reopening of schools. This time round, while we are obviously expecting questions surrounding back to school issues, it would be good to have wider questions about parental engagement generally. Send your questions to and we will do our best to cover as many themes as possible on the night. 
I hope you are able to join us next week and look forward to receiving your questions and comments for Mr Swinney. We are in the process of organising a couple of other Q&As on other subjects, with the relevant personnel and will pass on these details when they are finalised. 

Have a good week and look after yourself,