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Parents as Partners in their Children’s Learning. Parent Councils. Why parental involvement?. The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 –. Where parents are involved, children do better and achieve more. Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006.

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Parent councils

Parents as Partners in their

Children’s Learning

Parent Councils


Why parental involvement
Why parental involvement?

The Scottish Schools

(Parental Involvement)

Act 2006 –

Where parents are involved, children do better and achieve more.


Scottish schools parental involvement act 2006
Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006

The new law 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.


So as a parent what s my role

Parents as Partners in their

Children’s Learning

So, as a parent, what’s my role?


What is the parent forum and parent council
What is the Parent Forum and Parent Council?

  • Every parent with a child at the school is a member of the Parent Forum.

  • The Parent Forum can choose to have their views represented through a Parent Council.

  • Parent Council is a smaller body that can represent parents’ views to the school, local authority and HMIe.


What does the parent council do
What does the Parent Council do?

  • Support the school in its work with pupils

  • Gather and represent the views of parents and carers

  • Encourage links between the school, parents and carers, pupils, pre-school groups and the wider community

  • Be involved in appointment of senior staff


What can the parent council do
What can the Parent Council do?

  • Support the school in developing strong home / school partnerships

  • Capture the wide and varied skills, interests, knowledge and experience parents can offer

  • Fundraise

  • Assist at and organise events


What the parent council is not
What the Parent Council is not

  • A group with responsibility for what goes on in school

  • A group to which the Head Teacher is ‘accountable’

  • A group independent of other parents

  • A group which ignores the views / wishes of the majority of parents

  • A group which majors on the views / wishes of a minority of parents

  • A group which seeks to ‘divide and conquer’

  • A single interest group

    NB. The PI Act allows for members to be removed from the Parent Council

    Key word - Partnership


How can parents get involved
How can parents get involved?

Offer your skills to the school

  • Organise / offer to help with an extra curricular activity

  • Help with outings / trips

  • Help at parents evenings

  • Help with fund-raising

  • Set up / help with breakfast club

  • Organise a walking bus


How can parents get involved1
How can parents get involved?

  • Get involved in the eco schools initiative

  • Run a settling in day / evening

  • Get a newsletter going

  • What about a parents’ website?

  • Offer to get involved in the Parent Council

  • Ask what’s needed and offer to do anything helpful to the school!

    Offer your skills to the school – Partnership!!!


What about finances
What about finances?

  • Parent Council bank account

  • Annual allocation

  • Public liability insurance


Useful websites
Useful websites

Parentzone

  • http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/parentzone/index.asp

    National Parent Forum of Scotland

  • http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/parentzone/getinvolved/forumscotland/index.asp

    Scottish Parent Teacher Council

  • http://www.sptc.info/


Contact us
Contact us -

moira.mccarrell@highland.gov.uk

01463 702075