Guide for Schools dealing with Parental Responsibility

Guide for Schools dealing with Parental Responsibility

The Government has published guidance to schools for dealing with Parental Responsibility and separated parents to help schools understand their obligations and duties in relation to the rights and responsibilities of parents, as recognised by education law.

The general principle is Everyone who is a parent, as recognised under education law can participate in their child’s education.
Individuals who have parental responsibility for, or care of, a child have the same rights as biological parents. For example to:
  1. receive information – such as pupil reports
  2. participate in statutory activities – such as voting in elections for parent governors
  3. be asked to give consent - such as to the child taking part in school trips
  4. be informed about meetings involving the child - such as a governors’ meeting on the child’s exclusion
School and local authority staff must treat all parents equally, unless a court order limits a parent’s ability to make educational decisions, participate in school life or receive information about their children.

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