What is the Parent Council?

The Parent Council is a group of parents selected by all parents in the school to represent their views. Parent Councils have an important role to play in school improvement by ensuring that the parental perspective is represented and taken into account.

What is the role of Parent Councils?

The 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. They work on behalf of all parents to discuss educational matters that are of importance to all. They do not get involved in individual matters relating to children or staff in the school.

Parent Councils:

  • Work in partnership with the school to decide on the key priorities to take forward;
  • Provide a voice for parents in schools and in their local authority on issues that are important to them;
  • Improve the school’s understanding of how to engage parents in their children’s learning and in the life of the school;
  • Support the school to develop strong home/school partnerships;
  • Communicate regularly with the Parent Forum to both hear their views and keep them informed;
  • Support improvement by discussing the school’s strengths and areas for development from a parental perspective;
  • Help make links with the wider community;
  • Capture the unique and varied skills, interests, knowledge and experience that parents can offer.

Resources for Parent Councils

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 (901 KB)
PDF file: Parents as Partners - The purpose and role of Parent Councils (343 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)

Related links

  • Connect (formerly the Scottish Parent Teacher Council)
  • Further information for parents and parent groups can be found on Connect’s YouTube channel.