Here you'll find information on our activities supporting parents in Wales on matters relating to your child's education, plus ways in which you can become involved in shaping your child’s learning experiences.
Education in Wales
The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically-elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people, makes laws for Wales, agrees Welsh taxes and holds the Welsh Government to account. The Welsh Government Education and Skills department tell us:
‘We are responsible for education and skills in Wales. We are working to raise the standards of education and training provision, attainment and infrastructure across Wales so that everyone can reach their potential; delivering a suitably skilled workforce with high-quality opportunities for all learners; supporting individuals, families, communities and businesses in improving economic and social well-being and reduce inequality through education and training.’
At Parentkind Cymru we are working with many of the Welsh Government departments that offer information, advice and guidance on education programmes that are available in Wales.
Tracey, our Programmes Manager for Wales is working closely with elected Assembly Members who sit on the National Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee, amongst others, to ensure Parent Voice in Wales is heard at a local, regional and national level. One of the ways Parentkind does this is by responding to consultations that will inform future direction, policy development and programmes of work for National Assembly Committees and other education-focussed organisations.
Read our Manifesto for Wales to see our commitments to delivering opportunities for parents in Wales, and to understand their value and contribution they make when participating positively in education.
Photos: 1. The Parentkind Cymru Team 2. Tracey addresses a gathering of politicians, schools and parents 3. Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM.
Parent Voice in Wales
There are many ways that we can support you to ‘have your say’, raise an issue, ask a question, get information and generally get your voice heard either as an individual or as representative of a parent body. You can sign up to our parents panel to take part in our regular surveys on a variety of topics. Find out more about Wales specific current consultations and submissions that have been made on behalf of our members.
We’d like to highlight news stories, blogs
and articles from parents in Wales with our members across Parentkind and Northern Ireland. Tell us about your PTA experiences (good and not so
good!), your events, your plans, what questions you would ask other parents/PTAs that would help with your group’s work, your experiences of
volunteering at your child's school and any words of wisdom you would like to share with others that may occur to you in a, ‘I wish I had known
that before I started….’ story. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Under development in Wales
- The development of our Welsh language strategy to ensure our members, parents and partner organisations receive the best service from us
- Pilot projects for increasing opportunities for parental participation in the education system
- The Welsh Government ran a consultation on the harmonising of school term dates across Wales for the school year 2018 to 2019.
Tracey Handley is Head of Wales for Parentkind. One of the principle aims of her role is to seek out and provide opportunities that will support parents and families to confidently engage with, and participate in, their child’s education.
If you would like to share some excellent practice of parental partnership from your school, please email Tracey and we will look to adding your story to our success stories section.