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11. What say do I have in how the school is run?
You have the right to vote for parent governors to represent you on the school governing body. You can also stand for election as a parent governor yourself.
Schools must talk with you and other parents about changes to:
There are also rules about when parents should be consulted about major changes to schools, such as:
In Wales the school's governing body must give you a written report on the school every year, and hold a meeting each year for parents to discuss it.
You can suggest topics for discussion and action and vote on them. If other parents agree with you, the governing body must look at the issue and report back to you. For this to happen, the number of parents at the meeting must be at least 20 per cent (a fifth) of the total number of pupils at the school.
If you have a child at a school or you are thinking of sending your child to a school, you have a right to a free copy of the school prospectus, with information about the school and its policies. In Wales, this must include:
In England, governing bodies have more freedom about what to publish in their prospectus but they must include;
The School Profile gives information about examination, test and assessment results. From spring 2019 a School Profile for each school will be available on the Department for Education and Skills website (See 'Further Help'). Schools in England and Wales should also give you information about the curriculum and syllabuses (what your child will be taught and how) if you ask for it.
What is a 'home-school agreement'?
This leaflet was published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with the Advisory Centre for Education.
Leaflet Version: November 2019
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