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BILL AIMS TO INCREASE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOLS

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A bill intended to strengthen and modernise the system for supporting parents' involvement in schools and in their ...
A bill intended to strengthen and modernise the system for supporting parents' involvement in schools and in their children's education has been recommended for approval by the Scottish Parliament's Education Committee.

In a report out today, the majority of the Committee recommended that Parliament should agree to the general principles of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill. The bill replaces existing school boards with a new two-tier structure of parent councils and parent forums.

Iain Smith, Convener of the Education Committee said:

'This bill represents a genuine attempt to increase levels of parental involvement in the life of schools and in the education of individual children and Committee members are fully supportive of this principle.

'Our Committee recognised the valuable and constructive role in Scottish education played by School Boards over the last 17 years. However, education and wider society have evolved over that time and the structures for parental involvement in education need to adapt to those changes.'

It is expected that the parliamentary debate on whether to accept the general principles of the bill will take place before the end of February.

Background

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton MSP dissented from the recommendation to accept the general principles of the Bill and Fiona Hyslop MSP and Adam Ingram MSP abstained.

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