07
MAR
2017

NPC Legislation Campaign

National Parents Council Primary examined the status of parents and parental involvement in the Irish Primary Education System and found a significant amount of policy supporting parental involvement, ranging from the recent “Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life” strategy to school inspection procedures and many other occurrences.

Despite the range of policies and procedures that have been developed that reinforce parental involvement in schools, parents report consistently to NPC that they do not feel supported to be involved in the key partnership role they have in their children’s education. NPC examined the legislation regarding parental involvement and further examined directives to schools in this regard in the form of circulars issued. NPC prepared a survey on parental involvement in schools in order to find out the extent to which the Department of Education and Skills Circular 24/91 is being implemented. We made the survey available to all parents on our website and also circulated it to our members via email. To read the full report see the link below. This report was presented to the Minister in advance of the NPC Education Conference in June 2013. Following this the then Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn T.D. announced at this conference a Parents Charter in Legislation.  

The Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill 2015 was published in April 2015 and at the INTO congress on the 7.4.2015 the then Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D. stated that she would bring an "amendment to committee stage – to insert a new section 28 of the education act that will underpin a Parents and Students Charter". 

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., published the General Scheme of an Education (Parent and Student Charter) Bill 2016 on 5th December 2016.  

The Minister announced that the government have approved the draft outline of a new law, which will require every school to consult with parents and students, and publish and operate a Parent and Student Charter. 

This will fulfil a key commitment in the Action Plan for Education to improve information and complaint procedures for parents and students relating to schools.

Following consultation with the education partners, including National Parents Council Primary, National Parents Council (Post Primary) and the Irish Second-level Students Union, the Minister will finalise national guidelines on a Parent and Student Charter. 

For further information on the Bill please see the Department’s website http://www.education.ie/en/Parents/Information/Parent-and-Student-Charter/Parent-and-Student-Charter.html

NPC made a submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills on the 7th of March 2017 on 'The Education (Amendment) Bill 2015 and General Scheme of an Education (Parent and Student Charter) Bill 2016' this and other submissions can be found here

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