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Welcome to Parent Councils UK

“The effect of parental engagement over a student’s school career is the equivalent of adding two to three years to their education." John Hattie, 2008.

Parent voice is key in helping build parental engagement in schools.  Research has shown that when parents and schools work in true partnership, pupils can thrive.

The importance of parental engagement has also been highlighted through research by the Social Mobility Commission in its recent publication ‘Helping Parents to Parent': "[...]the more involved the parents were in their children’s school life (including volunteering in school, participating in Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) conferences, and teaching at home), the more positive the impact became on children’s performance academically. [...] only a minority of parents in the United Kingdom are uninterested in their children’s education. Instead the majority may experience difficulty in expressing their interest, something which is identified and acknowledged by professionals." Social Mobility Commission 2017

A Parent Council is a body which:

  • 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.

Parent Councils UK works to support parent voice in education. We provide advice, training and support for senior leaders, teachers, family support workers, governors, local authority advisers and parents to equip them with the skills needed to build successful school/home relationships. Through the development of Parent Councils and Forums and other ways of involving parents, we support schools and parents to work together to get the best outcomes for all children.

We offer three key workshops which are specifically designed to help develop the school/parent partnership and to make sure parent power is harnessed effectively:

1.     Developing a Parent Council or Forum at your school (Half day)

2.     A whole school approach to parental engagement (Full day)

3.     Overcoming barriers to engage all parents (Half day)

Past course participants fed back that they valued the opportunity to share ideas and best practice with other attendees as well as learning from an expert trainer. They found the course both practical and informative. They liked the planning time in which they created an action plan to take away back to their school.

"Great to network with teachers and to gain insight into difficulties they face
​." Developing Your Parent Council, Glasgow, March 2017

"Engaging and inspiring speaker...a chance to reflect that our engagement is very strong and that a place to question/discuss for parents will make it great." 
Developing A Parent Council, Leeds, March 2017

"A lot of practical ideas, not just forums, but other ways to make our schools more approachable and less daunting." 
Developing A Parent Council, Leeds, March 2017

"Informative. Has given me the confidence to move forward. Great discussions and ideas. Excellent knowledge and experience of trainer." 
Developing A Parent Council, Durham, March 2017

For more information and to book on to a training course go to our events page.

Parent Councils UK also offers bespoke training, CPD sessions and 1-2-1 consultations with Fiona Carnie, Parent Partnerships ExpertYou can read more about Fiona on our consultancy page.

  Parent Councils UK   3, Rockliffe Road, Bath, BA2 6QN   email

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