Every parent and family should be supported to be involved and engaged in their child’s education throughout their learning journey.
Education: Improvement Framework. Scottish Government, 2021
–PROVIDING FLEXIBLE LEARNING FOR TRAVELLER FAMILIES–
Where to start: Digital Families
The STEP Digital Families Programme supports the use of digital devices to increase educational opportunities for children and all family members. We provide digital kit, culturally-relevant, resources and a staff support network. Find out more and get involved.
PLANNING and documenting LEARNING
The Learning Planner is designed to support short and medium term planning with children and families. This booklet is designed to accompany the Digital Families Programme and is particularly useful for those new to supporting learning at home.
USING THE STEP Digital families LEARNING APP
Personalised and easy to use, our Learning App offers an intuitive, two-way communication between learners and teachers. Use it to plan, share learning and reflect on progress together. The app is free and hosted on a secure server.
Find a range of creative and practical activities and resources that can be used with children and young people in school and home settings.
These case studies will inspire by demonstrating a range of approaches that make connections between practice and policy.
Find a range of resources to support educators to improve learning and teaching for all children and young people from travelling communities.
–STEP STARTER SACK PROGRAMME–
Many Gypsy/Travellers do not take up the offer of pre-school education and some do not go to school. STEP Starter Sacks are part of a learning programme aiming to make connections between families and learning centres.
The Sacks are available to all Gypsy/Traveller families with young children in Scotland. They contain a range of materials and activities to encourage child-centred play at home and involve parents in their children’s learning. To tackle family literacy barriers, activity cards with QR codes link to videos on STEP website. STEP will provide the Sacks as well as support for local staff to increase knowledge of barriers to accessing education for Gypsy/Travellers. Local authority staff should contact STEP email@example.com for more information and to book CPD or online training.
Download the Teachers’ Guide
Read the Teachers’ Guide online
Visit the programme webpages
STEP Starter Sack request form
–RESEARCH & REPORTS–
Find a range of STEP publications relating to education for mobile communities.
Find a selection of academic materials relating to education and mobile communities.
POLICY & GUIDANCE
Find policy papers and reports relating to education and mobile communities.