The role of parents and carers
Parents and carers have unique knowledge and experience to contribute to the shared understanding of a child's needs and the best ways of supporting them. Learn more about the important role you play as a parent.
Parents and carers have an important role to play in the education of their child.
Some of the important responsibilities of parents carers:
- To have regular contact with the school.
- To have good communication with teachers - letting them know as soon as possible of any concerns about their child or school. Also, parents should inform the school of any important information that they may need to know (as this may affect how they support their child).
- To make sure their child attends school regularly.
- To support their child with any homework tasks.
- To make sure they fulfil their duties under the home-school agreement.
- To treat professionals with respect during their contact with them.
- To be involved (and take part) in reviewing their child's progress and in decisions made about their child's education.
- To accompany their child to any interview, medical appointment or assessment.
What you can do:
- Support your child or young person's education and help them to achieve their potential.
- Take an active part in your child's education, attending parents' meetings and supporting them to do their very best at all times.
- Support your child at home with any homework or reading activities and by following the advice of the nursery / school / college on other activities that could help your child or young person's education.
- Talk to nursery / school / college staff with any concerns.
What you can expect:
- To know that the wishes of your child should be listened to.
- To be informed by school when they first start giving extra or different help for your child.
- To be consulted about decisions that affect your child.
- To have your views taken into account.
- To have a copy of your child's learning plan(s) IEP / IDP / Statement.
In addition, the Welsh Assembly Government's Special Education Needs Code of Practice and its Parents' Guide gives details of the types of parental rights that are connected with the education of children with Additional Learning Needs. For example, a local authority must arrange for the parent of a child with Additional Learning Needs to be provided with advice and information about matters relating to those needs. Local authorities must take whatever steps they consider appropriate to make Parent Partnership Services known to parents, headteachers, schools and others that they consider appropriate.
In addition, parents must be informed of their rights to access a local independent Disagreement Resolution Service in seeking to resolve any disagreement that may arise either with their school or their local authority. They should also be informed of their right to appeal to the independent Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales if they are not happy with how a local authority plans to provide for their child.