Parent Councils came into force from 1st August 2007. The head teacher is the professional adviser to the Parent Council. A Parent Council has previously been established within Lawmuir (but currently has no members). All correspondence should be addressed to the school office.
The Parent Council’s rights and duties include:
- Supporting the work of the school;
- Representing the views of parents;
- Consulting with parents and reporting back to the Parent Forum on matters of interest;
- Promoting contact between the school, parents, pupils, providers of nursery education and the wider community;
- Taking part in the selection of senior promoted staff;
- Receiving reports from the head teacher and education authority; and
- Receiving an annual budget for administration, training and other expenses.
- Improving home school partnership and facilitating parental involvement
Members of Parent Councils, on a voluntary basis, may also have an advisory role in decisions on placing requests by parents in respect of those situations where the number of placing requests for a particular school or for a particular stage in a particular school exceeds the number of places available.
Lawmuir Primary does not currently have a Parent Council as the number of volunteers identified in August was not sufficient to reach a quorum. The next request for volunteers will be made in August 2015.
The head teacher has a right and duty to attend all meetings of the Parent Council. Meetings of the Parent Council are open to members of the public.
The Parent Council hold their A.G.M. annually. All parents/carers are invited to attend. Officer bearers will be reselected on an annual basis at the A.G.M. The parental membership of the Parent Council, will be a minimum of three parents/carers of children attending the school. The maximum number of parents/carers is eighteen.
Any parents/carers of a child at the school can volunteer to be a member of the Parent Council, the preferred make up being at least one parental representative from each year group. In the event that the number of volunteers exceeds the number of places set out in the constitution, members will be selected by formal election. Anyone not selected to be a member of the Parent Council may be offered the opportunity to be part of any sub groups set up by the council.