Parental rights

Legal rights under the `Parents Charter' (1991) include the right to information about schools and pupil performance and the right to `choose' a school to which to send their child.

Parental responsibilities

Enshrined in homework policies and Home-School contracts.

Parental responsibility has been highlighted by the recent case of mother imprisoned for truanting daughters.

Parent-teacher partnership

A form of cooperative liaison, commonly promoted in primary schools, particularly to support the early stages of literacy but beneficial in enhancing all forms of pupil learning.

Parent-teacher Associations (PTAs)

A voluntary organisation normally set up to support a school with fund-raising activities and through encouraging parent-teacher cooperation.

Community culture

The perceptions, values and social practices in a community which can affect a school considerably through the ways in which education is thought about and valued.