A commitment to engaging much more with children and their parents in the early years is included in the 'Review of the impact of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006', published this week by the National Parent Forum of Scotland.
A launch event in Edinburgh, attended by Early Years Scotland Chief Executive, Jean Carwood-Edwards, brought together parents and other stakeholders, including Deputy First Minister John Swinney, to celebrate the successes of the Act, share the key findings and discuss how the parental engagement agenda can move forward.
The National Parent Forum of Scotland chair, Joanna Murphy, said:
“This Review has been an opportunity to research whether the 2006 legislation fits with today’s landscape. Although a great deal has been achieved, there is more to be done. I hope that this Review will allow all of us to continue to keep parents at the heart of their child’s learning. I will continue to strive for a political and legislative environment which champions the voice of parents”.
Recommendations have been made to Scottish Government, national agencies, local authorities and schools. Key messages include: a desire to improve and update key aspects of the Act and accompanying guidance; a need to extend the legislation to cover the early years; a requirement for further partnership working between parents and practitioners; a need to protect and promote the role of the parent council whilst addressing equality and; and a desire to further implement the learning at home strand of the act.
The full report can be read here
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