We are passionate about parent voice - enabling parents to have a say and get involved in their child’s school through forums such as Parent Councils.
Parent voice is key in helping build parental engagement in schools. Research has shown that when parents and schools work in true partnership, pupils can thrive.
"The effect of parental engagement over a student’s school career is the equivalent of adding two to three years to their education" John Hattie, 2008.
The importance of parental engagement has also been highlighted through research by the Social Mobility Commission in its recent publication ‘Helping Parents to Parent:[...]the more involved the parents were in their children’s school life (including volunteering in school, participating in Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) conferences, and teaching at home), the more positive the impact became on children’s performance academically. [...] only a minority of parents in the United Kingdom are uninterested in their children’s education. Instead the majority may experience difficulty in expressing their interest, something which is identified and acknowledged by professionals" Social Mobility Commission 2017
A Parent Council is a body which:
- enables parents to meet, share ideas and feed back to school
- gives parents a voice and enables them to contribute to school decision making
- helps develop a partnership between parents and school
- consults parents and advises school leadership and/or governing body of parents’ views.
Our Parent Council meets regularly across the academic year and is made up of representatives from each class. If you’re interested in getting involved please pop in and see Miss Amy McNamee to find out more!