We are excited to launch our new Parent Councils membership for schools. Developed for school leaders, this membership provides access to a range of resources and information to help schools establish and effectively run a Parent Council in their school.
Read more about the Parent Council Member benefits.
If your school has a Parent Council, or if you think they would be interested in finding out more, please let them know about this membership.
Find out more about the role of a Parent Council.
Can my school have a Parent Council and a PTA?
Absolutely! With the common purpose of improving the educational experiences for the children, a PTA and Parent Council can both benefit the school while supporting and complementing each other’s activities.
While PTAs work to engage and connect the school community, and raise funds to provide the school with additional resources, Parent Councils give parents a voice in school decision making - they gather parent views for the school, so they can be taken into consideration in school policies.
In some instances, PTAs can also include parent voice in their remit, this will need to be written in the association’s objects set out in the constitution. Where there is a separate PTA and Parent Council it is important they keep each other informed of their activities as the common purpose is to improve children’s education.
Here are a few examples of schools that have thriving Parent Councils:
Parent Council creates a vital link between home and school
Academy gains outstanding rating with parents positively engaged.