Developing a Parent Council at your school

About the workshop

Would you like to build a genuine partnership with your parents in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people?

This interactive workshop explores how schools can develop a parent council or forum as an effective mechanism for listening and responding to parents' views.  We'll look at what's right for your school and how you can build an ongoing and positive partnership with parents. A range of case studies will be presented, and participants supported to develop an effective strategy for their own schools.

 Join this half day workshop to discuss innovative and practical advice on:

  • Improving communication
  • Removing barriers to parental participation
  • Finding the right structure for your school
  • Maintaining momentum
  • Evaluating progress and assessing impact
  • Creating a mechanism to listen to parents, and to demonstrate to Ofsted that you have done so.

Upcoming courses



16 October
Sunderland, Marriott Hotel

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17 October
Leeds, Marriott Hotel

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20 November
Plymouth, Crowne Plaza

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21 November
Bath, Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

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22 November
Leicester, Marriott Hotel

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5 December
London, Resource for London

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6 December
Ipswich, Novotel Ipswich Centre Hotel

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Who is this course designed for?

  • Headteachers and principals
  • Deputy and assistant heads
  • Governors
  • Local authority advisers
  • Multi academy trusts
  • Parents interested in taking this work forward with their school.

What is a parent council or forum?

A parent council or forum:

  • 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.

Feedback from attendees

"This training has helped me to successfully and confidently set up a parent council.  Parents know they have a voice, and would agree that it is a brilliant thing."
"Excellent insight and step by step guidance on setting up a parent council."
"This course has empowered me to move things forward."

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