Building an effective Parent Council

Once your Parent Council is up and running, the next step is to build it into an effective group that is valuable for (and valued by) both parents and the school. This section provides tips and resources to help you get the best out of your Parent Council.

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Evaluation and impact

Parent Councils develop and improve by continually evaluating their work. This information will help to inform and shape your work going forward.
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How can we make our Parent Council stays positive and solution-focused?

Delivering some “quick wins” after each meeting is a great way to demonstrate to parents that their voice is being heard and will encourage more involvement in your parent council. 

We sent a letter out publicising our Parent Council but haven't had much response, what else can we do?

A lot of schools face this issue and the first assumption is that parents don't want to be involved but this isn't usually the case. Communication is an ongoing challenge for schools, as the parents are a diverse and varied group of people. To reach them all (or as many as you can) use a mix of communication channels, like social media, posters around the school, and someone on hand to answer questions. More about recruiting members.

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