The 2006 Parental Involvement Act placed responsibility on local authorities to get parents more involved in their children’s learning and to improve parental involvement in 3 ways:
- Learning at home
- Home/school partnerships
- Parental representation
All parents whose children attend the school are members of the Parent Forum.
All Parent Councils are different. Parents decide on things like:
- what size the council should be
- who should be a member of the council
- how office bearers should be appointed
- when meetings are held
- meeting agendas, such as; school uniform, parking near the school, anti-bullying policy.
The role of the Parent Council is to:
- support the school in its work with pupils
- represent the views of all parents
- encourage links between the school, parents, pupils, pre-school groups and the wider community
- report back to all the parents in the school (called the Parent Forum)
- play a role in the appointment of headteachers and depute headteachers
- support the school and pupils during school inspection.
How to get involved
Contact your child's school Headteacher to ask for contact details of the Parent Council Chair.
Why get involved?
Research shows that when parents are involved in the Parent Council, children do better and achieve more. Parents, carers and family members are the most important influences on their children's lives, by becoming involved in the life of your child's school you can show your child that their education is important to you.