The Parent Council is a group of parents selected by members of the parent forum (the collective name for every parent, carer or guardian at a school) to represent all the parents of children at the school.
Parent Councils have an important role to play in ensuring that children's education is enriched by parents' valuable life experience, individual personal skills and unique knowledge of their own child.
Parent Councils help parents and carers to become more actively and effectively involved in their children's learning. It is recognised that parents play an important role both in their own child's learning and in the life of their school. Find out about various
ways of getting involved in your child's school.
Parent Councils are flexible and designed to make sure that they represent their school and its interests effectively. Parent members should decide what is most important for the Parent Council to work on.
Parent Councils can:
Your Parent Council helps to create an environment where all parents know that their views matter, and where they feel confident and comfortable putting them forward.
It is important that the Parent Council and the school have a joint commitment to seek parents' views and ideas and to ensure that these make a real difference to the work and life of the school.
Sharing parents' views with the head teacher and staff, and making sure those views are listened to and taken into account, will be possible if the Parent Council and the school have a positive working partnership.
Each school community is unique and there is a wide range of educational issues on which parents may wish to contribute their views. Areas in which parent views could be sought may include:
The Parent Council should have arrangements in place for gathering the views of members of the parent forum on the standards and quality of the education provided by their school, or on other matters that appear to them to be of interest or concern to members of the parent forum. This is covered in the
Guidance on the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006: Section D (see section headed 'Role of Parent Council').
The Parent Council may also be involved in consulting the parent forum about the full range of school policies, for example in relation to uniform, drugs, school ethos, etc. It can collect the views of parents and report them to the head teacher of the school and to the local authority as appropriate. It can also make statements on such matters to other persons, including school inspectors. This is also covered in the 'Guidance on the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006', Section D (see section headed 'Representing the views of parents').
PDF file: Parent Council Resource - A guide to gathering views and ensuring parents' voices are heard in your school (415 KB)PDF file: Parents as Partners - Information for Parent Council members (267 KB)PDF file: Parents as Partners - The purpose and role of Parent Councils (211 KB)PDF file: Parents as partners in their children's learning toolkit (1 MB)PDF file: Guidance on the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act (941 KB)
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