At Dundee City Council's Children and Families Service, parental involvement is welcomed and recognised as being essential in developing a strong partnership between parents and schools.
Research has shown that children do better if their parents are involved in their education. Whatever that sphere of involvement may be it is greatly appreciated and welcomed.
Every parent/carer is automatically a member of the Parent Forum at their child's school. As such, they have a say in who will represent them on the schools' Parent Council.
The Parent Council is a group of parents selected by members of the Parent Forum to represent all the parents of children at their school. Parent Councils are flexible and can decide on the type of group they want to represent their views.
The type of things a Parent Council could get involved in include:-
- Supporting the work of the school
- Gathering and representing parents' views to the Head Teacher, Education Authority and Education Scotland
- Attending social/fund-raising events
- Parent information events
- Open days/ evening workshops
- Library/book events
- Sharing experience or expertise with the school
Who can be involved on a Parent Council?
Every school's Parent Council will be different , but members of the Parent Council must be parents of children who attend the school and the chairperson must have a child in the school However, the Parent Council can decide to co-opt other members including school staff and community representatives who have knowledge and skills to help them.
Although Parent Council members will bring their own skills and knowledge they must also consider how they can ensure that the Parent Council represents all views, through consultation from the Parent Forum.