Changes were made to the law in 2006 to help parents and schools work together as partners in children’s learning.
The Scottish Parliament has passed the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 to encourage and support more parents to become involved.
What is the parent council?
Because parents have such a vital role to play in their children’s education, the Act aims to make it easier for parents to become involved in their own child’s education and in their child’s school more generally.
The Ross High School Parent Councils has been formed in response to the Parental Involvement Act which came into force in August 2007.
The Parental Involvement Act makes changes to the arrangements for parental representation in all schools. If you are a parent with a child still at school in the state system you are automatically a member of the School Parent Forum. A School Council operates on behalf of the School Parent Forum and replaces the traditional School Board, its aim is to be very parent-friendly – If you’re a Parent it’s a great opportunity to become more involved!
The role of the Parent Council will be to:
- support the school in its work with pupils
- represent the views of all parents
- encourage links between the school, parents, pupils, pre-school groups and the wider community
- report back to the Parent Forum.
Ross High School’s new Parent Council is recognised in law from August 2007, so it will have a loud voice.
The school and the local authority must listen to what your Parent Council says and give it a proper response.
The Council meets monthly in the school , normally the last Tuesday of the month, from 7.00pm – 9.00pm to discuss school matters with a view to parental involvement. Parents are welcome to attend and contribute to these meetings, although only parent council members can vote at these events. The Parent Council is bound by a constitution a copy of which is available from any member of the Parent Council.