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Parent Forum, Council and Association

PARENT FORUM AND PARENT COUNCIL

 The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 has changed the arrangements for parental representation in all schools. Since August 2007, all parents/carers are automatically members of the Parent Forum for their school and they have a right to establish a Parent Council to represent them.
 
Parent Forum
The membership of the Parent Forum is made up of all parents/carers who have a child or young person at an education authority school. Membership of the Parent Forum allows parents/carers 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/carers. One of the ways parents in the Parent Forum will be able to express their views will be through the Parent Council.
 
Parent Council
The Parent Council is a group of parents/carers selected by members of the Parent Forum to represent all the parents/carers of children and young people at the school. Parent Councils are very flexible groups and Parent Forum can decide on the type of group it wants to represent their views. A Parent Council should get involved in:
 
¯      Supporting the work of the school
¯      Gathering and representing parents’ views to the Headteacher, Education Authority and HMiE
¯      Promoting contact between the school, parent/carers, children and young people and the local community
¯      Fundraising
¯      Involvement in the appointment of senior school staff
 
Parent Councils are recognised in law from August 2007. As a statutory body, the Parent Council has the right to information and advise on matters which affect children and young people’s education. So, the school and the local authority must listen to what the Parent Council says and give it a proper response. Every school’s Parent Council will be different because it will be parents/carers in each school who make the key decisions. The Parent Council is also entitled to support from the education authority in fulfilling its role.