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Parent Council Resource: A guide to gathering views and ensuring parents’ voices are heard in your school

DescriptionGuidance to help Parent Councils canvass and represent the views of their parent forum.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateMarch 28, 2013


ISBN 978 1 78256 237 5
DPPAS 14045

This document is also available in pdf format (418k)


Part 1: Why parents' views matter
Why parents' views matter
Laying the foundations
Think long term
Why consult?

Part 2: How to consult with parents
How to consult
Resource 1: Surveys
Resource 2: Focus groups
Resource 3: Public meetings/events
Resource 4: Informal methods

Annex 1: Encouraging involvement

Annex 2: Additional resources and further information

Note to readers

This guide aims to help Parent Councils represent the views of the wider Parent Forum at their school, and to help ensure those views are listened to and are taken into account. It has been written to complement existing Scottish Government resources for Parent Councils.

Definitions for this guide

Parents - 'Parents' refers to members of the Parent Forum. The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act says the Parent Forum consists of all parents who have a child at the school. The definition of 'parent' includes everyone with a parenting role, for example non-resident parents, foster carers, and relatives who are caring for children for a range of different reasons.