The new Secretary of State Justine Greening MP faced the House of Commons Education Select Committee on the government’s latest green paper on education in England called ‘Schools that work for everyone’ on Tuesday (14th September) ’.
Responding to questions about parent governors, Justine Greening recognised the vital role parents play in improving schools and raising children’s attainment:
“Part of the solution [for schools doing a less good job] is getting parents more involved."
“When schools turn around one of the reasons they have managed to do it is because parents have become more engaged and more invested in the schools.”
This is seen as a U-turn from the position of her predecessor Nicky Morgan who’s Educational Excellence Everywhere White Paper, tabled earlier this year, set out that academy trust boards would no longer be required to have parent governors.
Parentkind welcomes the Education Secretary’s comments which recognise the massive contribution that parents already make in our schools.
So whether it’s supporting learning at home, playing an active role in a parent association or being a governor, we know that mums and dads participating in a positive way in education can help all children reach their potential.
Parents have told us that they want a say in education policy and to get more involved in their child’s school. We look forward to working with Justine and her team to increase the opportunities for parents to do that.
We will be asking Parentkind members and other parents for their views on the Government’s latest policy proposals in the coming weeks to inform our response to the consultation that closes on 12th December 2016.