Role of a Parents’ Association

National Parents Council Primary (NPC)

Role of a Parents’ Association

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The Parent Association is the structure through which parents/guardians in a school can work together for the best possible education for their children.


The Education Act, 1998 sets down the role of the parent association.

The Parent Association works with the principal, staff and the board of management to build effective partnership of home and school.

Educational research on the involvement of parents in schools shows that children achieve higher levels when parents and teachers work together.

The Parent Association can advise the principal and Board of Management on policy issues and incidents that may require a review of school policy, e.g. Bullying, Safety, Homework, Enrolment, Behaviour problems etc.

Parent Associations can suggest and/or organise extra-curricular activities.

The Parent Association is a support for parents in the school.

The Parent Association can invite speakers to address the parents on issues which are topical or relevant.

The Parent Association is not a forum for complaint against either an individual teacher or parent. The Complaints Procedure is the mechanism for this.

NPC offers training for new parent associations on the role and functions of a Parent Association and if you decide to go ahead with this, we will be delighted to facilitate you. Please contact Sharon Hopkins on 01-8874475 or email:

For further information on Parent Associations please see “Working Effectively as a Parent Association”, guidelines which are available to download here under Useful Downloads or from National Parents Council Primary, at a cost of €10 per copy (including P&P), if you would like to order a copy please send in your name and address with a cheque or postal order.

The guidelines are free to PAs affiliating for the first time to NPC.

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