Parent Forum and Parent Council

Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 led to the establishment of Parent Councils in primary, secondary and special schools. The Act recognises the vital role that parents play in supporting their child's learning. It places a duty on authorities to promote the involvement of parents in children's education and the wider life of the school. It aims to help parents to be:

  • Involved with their child's education and learning
  • Welcomed as an active participant in the life of the school
  • Encouraged to express their views on school education generally

All parents who have a child attending Wemyss Bay Primary School and Nursery Class are automatically members of the Parent Forum for our school.

Meetings of the Parent Council are open to members of the Parent Forum. Membership of the forum allows parents 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. Minutes of meetings are displayed on the Parents' Notice Board within the school and are available as Word documents on the website. Parental views can be represented, as appropriate, to the Head Teacher of the school, the Council and HMIE.

Elected parents will be members of the Parent Council for 2 years, or until the parent's youngest child leaves the school or notice of resignation given. The Annual General Meeting of the Parent Council is held in September of each year.

The Act makes provision for Parent Councils to play an active role in supporting parental involvement in the work and life of the school, while also providing opportunities for parents to express their views on children's education and learning. The Parent Council, as a statutory body, has the right to information and advice on matters which affect children's education. Wemyss Bay Primary School and Nursery Class Parent Council meets on a monthly basis.

Parents who are involved on a regular basis in schools should undertake an enhanced disclosure through Disclosure Scotland.

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