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All parents and carers of pupils enrolled in a school are, automatically, members of that school's Parent Forum. The Parent Forum has the authority to set up a Parent Council and all schools in Clackmannanshire now have a Parent Council.
As a member, you can expect to:
The Parent Forum decides the priorities for the Parent Council and how it will work within the 4 broad areas of responsibility laid down by the Parental Involvement Act. These require each Parent Council to:
Parent Councils can also have a role in the appointment of headteachers and depute headteachers.
Every school's Parent Council is different because the parents in each school decide such things as:
The chairperson must have a child in the school and the majority of members must be parents. However, the Parent Council can decide to co-opt other members such as school staff and community representatives who will have knowledge and skills to help them.
This packis designed to answer some of the questions you may have about Parent Councils and help you to make your Parent Council work well.
For information on which schools in Clackmannanshire have Parent Councils in place, you can visit our page entitled Parent Councils in Clackmannanshire Schools.
Several school websites include details of the work that their Parent Councils have been doing.
You can find out more about Parent Councils through your localschool.
You can also find more information about parents as partners in children's learning, or any aspect of Scottish education through the Parentzone website, through Engage for Education and through the National Parent Forum of Scotland(NPFS).
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