FNF Scotland has submitted its evidence to the Review of the Effectiveness of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 currently being carried out by National Parent Forum Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The Review will examine the whole of the Act which replaced the old school boards with parent councils and changed a range of arrangements about parental involvement whole in school management.
Our submission focuses on the effectiveness of the part of the Act that required schools to engage equally with both parents if they live separately. Our experience is that at an individual level schools are welcoming enough but the relationship is largely driven by the non-resident parent - making himself known and allaying any suspicions that there may be about him.
We suggest that the annual pupil registration forms should have a clear space for contact details of the non-resident parent and that these forms and other information need to reach both separated parents.
Involvement has to mean involvement. It is not achieved by giving one parent a stream of communication but the other only a trickle. Schools should ask the non-resident parent how s/he would prefer to receive such information and provide it.
We are currently gathering and reviewing pupil information forms from all Scottish local authorities