Getting involved in a Parent Council
Not all parents feel comfortable to formally join the Parent Council. Neither will they be able to attend meetings on a regular basis. Some parents may be willing to help out on a more ad-hoc basis. Since COVID-19, many Parent Councils have been meeting online and this has opened up the opportunity for more parents to get involved than previously.
Being part of a Parent Council may feel like a big task and commitment. The Parent Council operates as a team, and you would not be on your own. Any time that you can give would be appreciated.
Should you wish further information about the Parent Council in your child’s school, you should contact the Headteacher for more details.
Armed Forces Families
As an Armed Forces Family, you may feel that due to changes in deployment, you cannot get involved with the Parent Council* at your child’s school. This is not the case. All parents’ views and experiences are valued and welcomed for however long or short this may be.
While you may not feel able to undertake an office bearer role, there are plenty of opportunities to help out on specific tasks for a short period of time. As a member of the parent forum, all parents are entitled to attend Parent Council meetings. Parents are the experts in their own and their child’s learning. They bring this information and knowledge with them about their children’s needs. Sharing the experiences of being an armed forces family will help the school to improve your child’s learning journey and ensure a smooth transition.
As a member of your local community, you may have links with business, shops, and services which the school does not have. Additionally, where Armed Forces Families have been part of a parent group elsewhere, there could be experiences and ideas that can be shared.