Greens urge Council to have the courage of convictions on parent involvement in schools

Green councillors have expressed disappointment over Council refusal to allow two parent representatives on Education Committee. At full Council today the Council agreed that there should be a parent on the Committee, sitting alongside 20 councillors, 3 religious representatives and 2 teachers.

However, Green councillor Gavin Corbett argued that there should be two parents on the committee.  He said:

“Parent representation on the Education Committee is long overdue.  But allowing two parents on would give parity with teachers; it would allow for continuity over a five year period if any one parent was not able to continue; and it would increase the likelihood of parents with children at different stages of school being involved.

“I do hope that the Council will look at this again in six months time.  In the meantime this has got to be just the first step in a real revolution for parents in education: for the benefit of our schools, children and young people.”