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Parentkind, a voice for all parents

It’s important that parents help shape education policy to improve the schooling available for our children. We listen to parents’ views and respond to government consultations, so that your voice contributes to the development of education policy. In recent years we have…

Responded to:

  • Government White Paper – Educational Excellence Everywhere
  • Government Green Paper – Schools that work for everyone.
  • Westminster’s All Party Parliamentary Group for Education’s inquiry on “do schools prepare young people for their future careers?”
  • Education and Adoption Bill (England)
  • Education Select Committee inquiry on regional schools commissioners (England)
  • Estyn consultation on its inspection framework (Wales)
  • Shared Education Bill (Northern Ireland)
  • Area Based Planning (Northern Ireland)

Supported high profile campaigns on issues that matter to parents:

  • Teamed up with the National Association of School Business Management (NASBM) and the National Governors’ Association (NGA) for England to produce joint guidance on working with parents.
  • PSHE Association’s campaign for compulsory sex education. 
  • St. John’s Ambulance and British Heart Foundation’s every child a lifesaver and CPR training in all schools campaign.
  • Competitions and Market Authority campaign on fair school uniform pricing. 
  • UK Active’s work to increase physical fitness in children. 
  • #IWILL campaign to encourage young people to volunteer.
  • Our survey data supported NAHT/NUT’s lobbying the Lords on the Education and Adoption Bill.

England/UK

  • Spring 2016, we gave our views on the White Paper ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’ to the then-Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan. By Christmas, Justine Greening had been appointed Secretary of State for Education, leading us to also give parental insight to Government’s Green Paper ‘Schools that work for everyone’. 
  • The Education Select Committee published our evidence in support of its inquiry into the purpose and quality of education in England where we called for increased parental engagement. We also gave evidence to the Committee on Multi Academy Trusts (MATs). 
  • Attended Conservative and Labour party conferences and put questions to key politicians.
  • Met with Neil Carmichael, chair of the Education Select Committee. 
  • Spoke at the UK Active Summit. 
  • Attended relationship building meetings and collaborated with NAHT, ASCL, NGA, Family Links, New Schools Network, Family & Childcare Trust, Ofsted, Department for Education, The Reading Agency and Parent Gym among others.

Northern Ireland

  • Attended Party conferences and put key questions to politicians. 
  • Meet regularly with the NI Assembly Education Committee 
  • Regularly liaise with the Catholic Council Maintained Schools (CCMS), Education Authority NI, Northern Ireland Council Integrated Education (NICIE) and the Integrated Education Fund (IEF).
  • Collaborate with Barnardo’s, Action for Children and Special Education Needs Advice Centre (SENAC)

Wales

  • Responded to consultations from the National Assembly, Welsh Government and Estyn.Attended stakeholder meetings with Governors Wales, NAHT Cymru and others. 
  • Produced a Manifesto ahead of the elections in spring 2016 calling for:
  • A parent body in every school in Wales
  • Parent voice to be heard at national, regional and local levels
  • Promotion of a Family and Community Engagement (FaCE) toolkit for schools
  • Estyn inspections to value and include schools’ success in engaging parents.
  • Establishment of pilot projects to explore positive parental participation in schools
  • Supported the Welsh Government’s positive parenting campaign ‘give it time’.
  • Met with manifesto writers and politicians with an interest in education. 
  • Sat on the parental engagement panel at the Wales National Education Conference.

 

Reviewed: February 2018

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