– By Rose Callan
On 5 Dec 2016, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton announced that the Government had approved the draft outline of a new law.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his new law will require every school to consult with parents and students and to publish and operate a Parent and Student Charter. The National Parents Council post primary welcomes this positive step which proposes more parental involvement in education of our children.
Some of the actions which schools will be required to take under the Charter include:
The draft Bill is with the Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills for pre-legislative scrutiny, scheduled for 7 March 2017.
The guidelines will be finalised following a consultation process between the Department of Education and Skills, National Parents Council primary, National Parents Council post primary and the Irish Second-level Students Union.
The role of the Ombudsman for Children will be expanded and schools will be required to consider any suggestions, guidance or recommendations made by the Ombudsman. The draft Bill is with the Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills for pre-legislative scrutiny, scheduled for 7 March 2017.
The National Parents Council post primary considers the proposed legislation as key in terms of parental involvement and role in education of our children. There are many ways for you to get involved – some ideas below: