At Hove Junior School, there is a commitment in our vision statement to work closely with parents and carers:
“Parents and carers are true partners in the education of their children”
and in order to work towards ensuring this becomes a reality, various actions or procedures have been instigated. One initiative is the setting up of a Parent Council. We genuinely wish to seek, and take account of, parent’s views and involve them as much as possible in life and work of the school. Research has shown that children behave better and achieve more when their parents are involved in their education. Concerns can be resolved more quickly when parents have a good relationship with the school.
We feel that it is important that parents have a forum where they can express their views, know that they can make a difference, and learn more about how the school operates. The Parent Council will be a place for parents to learn more about the school and a place for the school to learn more about parents.
Membership of the Parent Council
- At least one-two named parent/carer representatives from each year group in order to ensure a “core group” is established (contactable through the school office email)
- Headteacher/Head of School
- Parent Governors
- Any “other” parent/carer
- The Chair of Governors will have an open invitation to meetings.
- Other members of staff will be invited to meetings as appropriate.
- Any parent is welcome to attend meetings in addition to the named year representatives/core group.
- Meetings will be chaired by the Headteacher or Head of School.
- Parents wil be reminded of meetings in advance and issues to be raised at the meeting forwarded to reps for the next agenda.
As part of our Parent Council meeting we have appreciated feedback from parents and direction on how to make your school even better. Applying for the UNICEF 'Rights of the Child' has been one area we have been considering. Parents would like the 'Rights of the Child' award to be a community raised focus.