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Parent voice

All parents and carers with a child enrolled at a local authority school are automatically members of that school's Parent Forum. As a member of a Parent Forum you have:

  • a right to advice and information about your child's education at the school
  • the opportunity to be more involved with what the school is doing
  • and the opportunity to have your views represented through the Parent Council at your school

The Parental Involvement Act (2006) facilitates the formation of a Parent Council at every local authority school. The role of the Parent Council is to:

  • support the school in its work with pupils
  • represent the views of parents and carers
  • encourage links between the school, parents and carers, pupils, pre-school groups and the wider community
  • report back to the school's Parent Forum
  • play a role in the appointment of headteachers and depute headteachers
  • and to support the school and pupils during school inspections

The National Parent Forum of Scotland represents Parent Councils across Scotland. The aim of NPFS is to 'represent parents in pursuit of maximising every pupil's potential'.

NPFS provides Parent Councils and parents with an opportunity to share issues or concerns of mutual interest at a national level, working toward resolution of such issues in partnership with national and local government, and other organisations. NPFS can be contacted by email to Enquiries@parentforumscotland.org.