Parents as Partners in their Children’s Learning Parent Council Chairs Conference Saturday 29 September 2012
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 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.
Parents as Partners in their Children’s Learning So, as a parent, what’s my role?
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? • 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? • 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 • 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? 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 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? • Parent Council bank account • Annual allocation • Public liability insurance
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/
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