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The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006
The Act provides the framework for supporting parental involvement in school education. It aims to help schools, education authorities and others to engage parents meaningfully in the education of their children and in the wider school community. It requires education authorities to promote the involvement of parents in children's education in schools. It aims to help all parents to be:
- involved with their child's education and learning;
- welcomed as active participants in the life of the school; and
- encouraged to express their views on school education generally and work in partnership with the school.
To help achieve these aims all parents automatically become members of the Parent Forum at their child's school. As a member of the parent forum you are entitled to have a say in what happens in the school.
The Parent Forum then decides how they will be represented and usually takes the form of a Parent Council.
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; and
- report back to the Parent Forum its activities on an annual basis
- Donna Cuthill
Parent Council Support and Development Worker
Education, Culture and Sport
Phone: 01224 764821
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can local Councillors sit on the Parent Council?
- Do I need any qualifications to be a Parent Council member?
- Do Parent Council members have to undertake any training?
- Does the Parent Council need a Clerk?
- How can I stand for election as a parent member to the parent council?
- How long does a parent member serve on a parent council?
- How often are elections to the parent council held?
- My school does not have a Parent Council at the moment. How can I go about forming a Board for my School?
- What is the purpose of a Parent Council?
- Who can stand for election as a member to a Parent Council?