Alum Rock Parents’ Community Group is there to represent the interests of the parents and their children. We look to empower parents so that they can take control of their children’s education. We support and advise schools to setup a Parents’ Community Group (PCG) at their school. A PCG is completely independent of the school and the school has no control over it, unlike a Parent Association and Parent Council which schools can influence and control.
So often we find schools are not as open and transparent as they can be with parents. Through the PCG, parents are able to be more aware of what is happening in their school and can make informed decisions regarding their children’s education.
Human Rights Act 1998 (Parliamentary Act):
No person shall be denied the right to education. In the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation to education and to teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.
This aspect of the right is closely aligned to the right to freedom of religion in Article 9. This right belongs to the parent rather than the student.
This act incorporates the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights into domestic British Law
Education Act 1944, Section 76:
In the exercise and performance of all powers and duties conferred and imposed on them by this Act the Minister and local education authorities shall have regard to the general principle that, so far as is compatible with the provision of efficient instruction and training and the avoidance of unreasonable public expenditure, pupils are to be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents.