South Lanarkshire Council recognises the importance of parents as partners in the education of their child and has published a strategy entitled ‘Making a difference – working together to support children’s learning’. This is available from the Council’s website: www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk
Parents, carers and family members are by far the most important influences on children’s lives. Children between the ages of 5 and 16 children spend only 15% of their time in school! Research shows that when parents are involved in their child’s learning, children do better at school and throughout life. Parental involvement can take different forms but we hope you share the same aims and agree that by working together we can be partners in supporting children’s learning.
As a parent / carer we want you to be:
• Welcomed and given an opportunity to be involved in the life of the school;
• Fully informed about your child’s learning;
• Encouraged to make an active contribution to your child’s learning;
• Able to support learning at home;
• Encouraged to express your views and involved in forums and discussions on education related issues.
To help achieve these aims, all parents will automatically be members of the Parent Forum at their child’s school and will be entitled to have a say in what happens at the school. Parents can also decide to form a Parent Council to represent them.