Parental involvement is about parents’ involvement in the life and work of their school, the communication between home and school and the vital role that parents play in supporting their children’s learning.
Getting involved in the life and work of the school
Parents can get involved in the life of the school by helping out on an informal basis or more formally by joining the Parent Council. Under Scotland’s Parental Involvement Act every parent has the opportunity to be a member of the parent council of their child's school.
Links between home and school
Your child's school will be able to give you information about your child's progress at school. There may be times when you need to let the school know about support your child may need. This two way relationship helps you to support your child.
Supporting your child’s learning
There are many ways you can support your child's learning from birth onwards. Bookbug, Play,Talk,Read and Read, Write, Count provide advice and support for parents of children in pre-school or early primary stages.
For more information, also see the Parentzone Scotland website.
Scottish Government’s role
The Scottish Government’s role is to develop national policy and to gather and analyse national data provided via Scotland’s National Improvement Framework.
Scotland’s approach to parental involvement is underpinned by the 2006 Parental Involvement Act. The National Parent Forum led a review of the Act in 2016, and delivered its final report in May 2017. The Scottish Government has accepted the review’s recommendation to modernise, strengthen and extend the legislation.
Local authorities’ role
Local authorities are responsible for developing strategies on parental involvement, and for monitoring the implementation of those strategies. A number of local authorities employ Parental Involvement Officers.
National parent organisations
The Scottish Government works closely with a range of parent organisations, including the National Parent Forum and Scottish Parent Teacher Council, to monitor and discuss national policy on parental involvement, and to develop proposals for the future. A range of parent organisations are represented on a national Parental Engagement Steering Group.