About parent councils
Parents are their children’s first educators. Our support for our children’s learning continues throughout their school careers as we encourage their interests at home, in the wider community and at school. At school, a strong partnership between parents and teachers ensures that children and young people get the support, help and advice that they need. We are committed to making family engagement in children’s learning and school lives as good as it can be. We strive to work with parents and community partners to develop our school community to create an environment where all parents know that their views matter, and where they feel confident and comfortable putting them forward.
Being part of a Parent Council can be rewarding and fun. There are many positives to be gained, as you make new friends, get to know and support your school and learn new skills. The Parent Council is a group of parents selected by members of the parent forum (the collective name for every parent, carer or guardian at a school) to represent all the parents of children at the school.
Parent Councils have an important role to play in ensuring that children’s education is enriched by parents’ valuable life experience, individual personal skills and unique knowledge of their own child.
What is the role of Parent Councils?
Parent Councils help parents and carers to become more actively and effectively involved in their children’s learning. It is recognised that parents play an important role both in their own child’s learning and in the life of their school.
Parent Councils are flexible and designed to make sure that they represent their school and its interests effectively. Parent members should decide what is most important for the Parent Council to work on.
Parent Councils can:
- provide a voice for parents, in schools and in their local authority, on issues that are important to them and their children
- help the school to understand how to most effectively involve parents in their children’s learning and in the life of the school
- support the school and Head teacher in developing strong home/school partnerships
- support the school in its development and improvement, and in understanding and making links with the wider community
- capture the unique and varied skills, interests, knowledge and experience that parents can offer.
Resources for Parent Councils
PDF file: Parent Council Resource – A guide to gathering views and ensuring parents’ voices are heard in your school (415 KB)
PDF file: Parents as Partners – Information for Parent Council members (267 KB)
PDF file: Parents as Partners – The purpose and role of Parent Councils (211 KB)
PDF file: Parents as partners in their children’s learning toolkit (1 MB)
PDF file: Guidance on the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act (941 KB)