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