Parental Involvement Act - Statutory Guidance

Closed 30 Jun 2020

Opened 24 Jan 2020

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We have come a long way since the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 was passed; setting out the rights of parents to be involved and engaged with their children’s education.

This new draft guidance explains the purpose of the legislation and the duties placed upon Education Authorities, schools and headteachers to involve and engage parents in their children’s learning and the life and work of our schools.

The Scottish Government invites views from parental organisations, head teachers, local authorities, third sector organisations, professional bodies, members of the public and any other organisation or individual with an interest.

Why your views matter

The first aim is to modernise the guidance, taking account of the changes in practice and wider legislation that have occurred since 2007.

The second aim is to strengthen the guidance in so far as possible whilst recognising that the duties and powers in primary statute – ie on the face of the Act itself – remain unchanged.

In updating the guidance we want to ensure that parental involvement and engagement – and the legal duties that underpin this important aspect in education – is given due prominence and recognition as part of wider aims to develop an empowered education system.

Please be aware that the consultation closing date has been extended to 30 June.

Read the consultation paper.

What happens next

Views are being invited on the draft statutory guidance for the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 (the Act) which will then be discussed by the national working group set up to inform the guidance. The draft statutory guidance will then be adjusted, finalised and issued to education authorities. A full consultation report will also be produced following the close of the consultation.


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