The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 has changed the arrangements for parental representation in all schools. Since August 2007, all parents are automatically members of the Parent Forum for their school and they have a right to establish a Parent Council to represent them.
The membership of the Parent Forum is made up of all parents who have a child at an
education authority school. Membership of the Parent Forum allows parents to have a say in the local arrangements to enable their collective view to be represented on matters such as the quality and standards of education at the school and other matters of interest to parents.
One of the ways parents in the Parent Forum will be able to express their views will be
through the Parent Council.
The Parent Council is a group of parents selected by members of the Parent Forum to
represent all the parents of children at the school. Parent Councils are very flexible groups and the Parent Forum can decide on the type of group it wants to represent their views.
The types of things a Parent Council could get involved in include:
- Supporting the work of the school
- Gathering and representing parents’ views to the Head Teacher, education authority and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education (HMIE)
- Promoting contact between the school, parents, pupils and the local community
- Involvement in the appointment of senior school staff.
Parent Councils are recognised in law from August 2007. As a statutory body, the Parent Council has the right to information and advice on matters which affect children’s education. So, the school and the local authority must listen to what the Parent Council says and give it a proper response. We would encourage any parents to get involved in the life of our school, become a member of the Parent Council and help our school be the best it can be.
Generally, members of the Parent Council must be parents of children who attend the school and the chairperson must have a child in the school. However, the Parent Council can decide to co-opt other members from teachers and the community who will have knowledge and skills to help them.
Members of the Parent Council will bring knowledge from their own experience and personal views. However, as parent representatives, they must also consider how they can ensure that the Parent Council presents a co-ordinated, collective voice through consultation with other members of the Parent Forum. Staff and pupils very much appreciate the help given by the Parent Council to the school. New members are welcome at all times.
The Parent Council Chair is Sharon Brown.
The Parent Council can be contacted on: Cawdor.Primary@highlandpc.co.uk
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