Working in partnership with European School

Parent Council helps to create an environment where all parents know that their views matter.

It is important that the Parent Council and the school have a joint commitment to seek parents’ views and ideas and to ensure that these make a real difference to the work and life of the school.

what is the role of Parent Councils?

  • Sharing parents' views with the head teacher and staff, and making sure those views are listened to and taken into account, will be possible if the Parent Council and the school have a positive working partnership.
  • Provide a voice for parents, in schools and in their local authority, on issues that are important to them and their children
  • Help the school to understand how to most effectively involve parents in their children's learning and in the life of the school.
  • Support the school and head teacher in developing strong home/school partnerships.•
  • Support the school in its development and improvement, and in understanding and making links with the wider community•
  • Capture the unique and varied skills, interests, knowledge and experience that parents can offer•
  • Parent Councils provide an opportunity for parents to get involved in ways that suit them, and to support their school in getting the best education for all the pupils.•
  • Parent Councils are designed to be flexible –to ensure they can effectively represent their own school community and interests. It is for parents to decide what is most important for their Parent Council to work on.•

What school council does not do?

  • School council does not manage the day to day running of the school. For example, it does not employ teaching staff, decide which classes students will be assigned to, or sort out issues relating to individual teachers and students and/or parents•
  • School council does not discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents – these are very clearly management roles, and therefore the principal's job•
  • Parent councils are not allowed to arrange any celebration without schools confirmation •