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The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) has recently published the Review of the Impact of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006.
The Act aimed to achieve the involvement of parents across three priority areas in Scottish education:
This review gave an opportunity to take stock, and look at how current legislation fits with today's educational, political, economic and demographic landscape. NPFSfound a great deal has been achieved: the growth of parental involvement over the ten years is testimony to parent councils around the country, and the practitioners working with them. However, there is certainly more to be done, and NPFS hopes that this Review will enable all of us to continue to strive for a political and legislative environment which champions the voice of parents. While not every parent needs to sit on their parent council, every parent needs to feel engaged with their child's education and school so that the “excellence and equity” which the Improvement plan for Scottish education aims for can be achieved.
Recommendations have been made to Scottish Government, national agencies, local authorities and schools. Scottish Government has confirmed that it will consult on legislative changes in the autumn, acting on the key findings of the Review. New legislation will:
In addition, in response to findings that practical matters related to communication, learning at home and partnerships, could be improved, Scottish Government plans to give every school access to a ‘home to school link worker’ to support parents and families who feel excluded.
Scottish Government will respond to the other non-legislative recommendations in the autumn. In the meantime NPFS is working with partners such as ADES, COSLA and the unions to implement recommendations to local authorities and schools.
The full report can be read here:
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