Parent Forums and Councils


The Scottish Schools (Parent Involvement) Act 2006 established a new model of parent representation which came into effect on 1 August 2007.  School Boards were formally disestablished on 31 July 2007.

The Act provided that all parents and carers of children at a school are automatically members of the Parent Forum for that school.  Each Parent Forum may then establish a Parent Council to represent the views of parents to both the school and the local authority.  The constitution of the Parent Council is determined by the Parent Forum and should reflect what it feels is best for the parents, the pupils and the school; the constitutions of Parent Councils will, therefore, vary from school to school.

Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) may continue to exist as separate bodies or may merge with, or become sub-groups of, the Parent Council.

View Parent Councils privacy notice (pdf 196KB).

Parental Involvement Strategy

The following document outlines Education and Children's Services Parental Involvement Strategy.

Parental Involvement Strategy (932kb)


Parent Councils

The following information has been put together to provide support and guidance to Parent Councils. Amongst the documents below are some templates that Parent Councils can use. The information may also be particularly useful when new parents are elected onto the council.


The first two documents provide an overview of the role of the Parent Council.

Parents as Partners - The purpose and role of Parent Councils (pdf 210kb)

Parents as Partners - Information for Parent Council members (pdf 267kb)

Information Pack Contents

Parent Council Objectives (pdf 35.2kb)

Meeting Ground Rules (pdf 87.63kb)

Parent Council Constitution (pdf 28.37kb)

Subcommittee Remit - PTA (pdf 24.1kb)

Scottish School (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 (pdf 391.26kb)

Guidance to the Act, section d guidance for parent councils (pdf 72.11kb)

Welcome to the Parent Council leaflet series (pdf 2.4mb)

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