What is the Parent Council?
The Parent Council is the committee appointed by you, the parents, to run matters on your behalf. A Parent Council is not run by the school or the local authority but by the parents in the school. Members of the council are normally elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year.
What do Parent Councils do?
The main aim of the Parent Council is to help the school operate as a successful school and to try to represent all parents/carers and improve links between them and the school. The Parent Council should report to parents on a regular basis and at least once a year at the AGM. Other activities may include:
- Making sure that parents get the information they need in an accessible way and that the school staff gets feedback on parents’ views.
- Discussing any issue of interest to parents, including school policies on such things as bullying, sexual health and relationships education, homework and school uniform.
- Setting up extra-curricular activities and after-school, breakfast or homework clubs in cooperation with the school.
- Supporting parental involvement in their children’s learning.
- Representing parents’ views to the education authority and others on those issues that are of concern to parents, pupils and staff with an awareness of equality and fairness.
- Organising social and fundraising activities.
Are there any rules about who should be on our Parent Council?
Although the number of members is not specified in the legislation, there are certain things that are fixed:
- The majority of Parent Council members must be parents of children at the school.
- The definition of “parent” is very wide and includes everyone with a parenting role for a pupil; this could include foster parents, family members who have care of a child and divorced/separated couples.
- The Chairperson must be a parent with a child at the school.
- The Parent Council should promote equality and fairness in their activities and recognize the diversity in the school community.
- The Headteacher (or his/her representative) has a right and a duty to attend all Parent Council meetings.