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Research & Reports


Below is a list of policy areas, reports and organisations which provide information for teachers supporting families from mobile communities.

Legislation & Frameworks

Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 & 2009

The Additional Support for Learning Act 2004 (amended 2009) provides a framework for local authorities and other agencies to support all children.

Race Equality Framework for Scotland (2016 to 2030)

This framework sets out our approach to promoting race equality and tackling racism and inequality between 2016 and 2030.

Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

A comprehensive multilateral treaty devoted promoting the full and effective equality of national minorities.

Guidance on the Scottish Schools’ Parental Involvement Act, 2006

Guidance for supporting parental involvement in in their child’s education and in schools more generally.  

Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework

Provides information about the national outcomes and how we can all work together to help achieve them.

The Education Act (Scotland) 2016

The Education (Scotland) Act 2016 includes provisions for strategic planning to consider socio-economic barriers to learning.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE)

A Framework for all who contribute to the education of Scotland’s children and young people. The experiences and outcomes apply wherever learning is planned.

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

The UNCRC sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities.

Children and young people Act (Scotland) 2014

A key part of the Scottish Government’s strategy for making Scotland the best place in the world for children to grow up.

National Improvement Framework

This framework sets out the vision and priorities for Scottish education and the improvements that need to be made to help deliver those priorities. 


The Future of Public Service Delivery in Scotland

A report on the future delivery of public services by the Christie Commission.

Included, Engaged and Involved Part 1 (2007)

National guidance for schools and local authorities in managing school exclusions.

Fairer Scotland Action Plan (2016)

Fifty actions to help tackle poverty, reduce inequality and build a fairer and more inclusive Scotland.

Teaching Scotland’s Future: A Review

A report of a review of teacher education in Scotland.

Included, Engaged and Involved Part 2 (2011)

National guidance for schools and local authorities in managing school exclusions.

Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy Scotland (2016)

A national strategy for enhancing teaching and learning through the use of digital technology.



The Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) is dedicated to the study of equality and anti-discrimination in education.

Education Scotland

A Scottish Government executive agency responsible for supporting quality and improvement in Scottish education.

Respect Me

Scotland’s anti-bullying service, working to raise awareness, inform policies, provide skills and build confidence to deal with bullying.

Showmen’s Guild

The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain exists to protect the interests of Travelling Showmen thoroughout the country.

PINS Scotland

PINs is the largest network supporting the voluntary sector and partners who work with vulnerable and excluded learners.

Education Otherwise

This UK-based organisation provides support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school by their parents.

National Literacy Trust

An independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life.


Seeking to challenge and dismantle barriers that deny Black and Minority Ethnic carers access to health, social work and other social care services.

Scottish Showmen’s Guild

A section of The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain. this organisation governs funfairs and rides operated by Members in Scotland.

Enquire Advice Service

Enquire provides information and advice to both parents and professionals about Scotland’s Additional Support for Learning Act.


A Scottish charity providing independent information and support for anyone interested in home education.

Roma Support Group

The Roma Support Group is a Roma-led Registered Charity working with East European Roma refugees and migrants.

Article 12

National network of young people which promotes youth rights as laid out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.