Stirling offers parent platform
Only 22 of the council's 54 schools have school boards, Mr Jeyes pointed out. Links through boards were therefore not enough and other means of communicating with parents had to be developed. He appealed for parents to join the public debate about funding.
"Stirling Council has high expectation, considerable ambition and a limited budget. We are trying to deliver a Pounds 40 million service for Pounds 35 million," Mr Jeyes said.
Cameron Munro, of the Quality in Education Centre at Strathclyde University, told parents that schools often failed to respond to requests from parents for information about children's progress and how they could help at home.
Mr Munro, parent officer in the former Strathclyde Region, called for schools to develop "an Asda factor". The supermarket chain had made aisles wider, put in cr ches and designed car parks to allow for children accompanying adults. A section in its glossy magazine included a feature on homework.
Schools, however, had made considerable progress over the past 20 years, as had parent representatives. Most parents wanted to know what was practicable and possible to assist their children.