Parental Involvement Act - Statutory Guidance

Closes 30 Apr 2020

Opened 24 Jan 2020


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This new draft guidance explains the purpose of the legislation and the duties placed upon Education Authorities, schools and headteachers to involve and engage parents in their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 We Are Consulting

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.

Read the consultation paper.

Give us your views


  • Children and Families
  • Communities and Third Sector
  • Education
  • Equality, Welfare and Rights
  • Health and Social Care