Changes have recently been made to the law to help parents and schools work together as partners in children’s learning. The Scottish Parliament has passed the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 to encourage and support more parents to become involved.
All parents who have a child attending the school are automatically members of the Parent Forum for our school. Membership of the forum allows parents to have a say in the local arrangements to enable their collective view to be represented on matters such as the quality and standards of education at the school and other matters of interest to parents. These views can be represented, as appropriate, to the head teacher of the school, the Council and HMIe.
The Act makes provision for Parent Councils to play an active role in supporting parental involvement in the work and the life of the school, while also providing opportunities for parents to express their views on children’s education and learning. The Parent Council, as a statutory body, has the right to information and advice on matters which affect children’s education.
The main functions of your Parent Council are to:
• Support the school in its work with pupils and parents.
• Represent the views of parents.
• Promote contact and communication between the school, parents, pupils, the community, nursery and other providers.
• Report to the Parent Forum.
Parents who wish to be involved with the Parents Council should contact the Chairperson at the school. A copy of the constitution and minutes for Parent Council meetings can be obtained from the school office.