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Parent Council

Parent Councils are now established in almost all Aberdeenshire primary and secondary schools. The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 recognises the vital role that parents play in supporting their children’s learning. The basic principle under-pinning the Act is the desire to have children become more ‘confident learners’ through closer working between each family and the school. It is anticipated that this can be done in three ways. These are:

  1. Learning at Home: direct parental involvement in the child’s learning at home and in the community.

Parents can support learning at home through:

  • Reading to and with your child
  • Giving your child responsibility for small tasks at home – setting the table, making a shopping list, tidying their bedroom etc
  • Helping your child to recognise and develop their skills and to recognise the skills of others
  • Encouraging your child to respect diversity and be tolerant
  • Helping them to be resilient and have a problem solving attitude
  • Helping them to develop social skills though reinforcing the need for manners and politeness.
  1. Home/School Partnership: The home/school partnership is essential to ensure that the child gets maximum benefit from their school experiences. You can support this by:
  • Helping with any homework your child may be tasked with and remember to sign the completed work (see Parentzone for further information on helping your child at home.) http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/parentzone/index.asp
  • Coming and volunteer with an aspect of school life (please note that all volunteers need to undertake a PVG (formerly known as disclosure) check.
  • Supporting the school in upholding its discipline and school values
  • Completing audits that are sent to you seeking your views and opinions on how the school operates
  • Complete the Care Inspectorate questionnaire that comes home from the nursery so that we can take your views into consideration when planning nursery improvements.
  1. Parental Representation:
    • Parent Councils are parent led and supported by the school with all parents automatically being members of the ‘Parent Forum’, The Parent Council is tasked with representing the views of the Parent Forum.
  • Support the school in its work with pupils
  • Represent the views of all parents and report back to them
  • Encourage links between the school, parents, pupils and the wider community
    • You can find out more about your Parent Council by contacting the Parent Council Chair …. or the Head Teacher or by clicking on the link below:

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/consultations/detail.asp?ref=3C6AEC305BBB4D88802576CE00549127