We need a representative voice for parents

27th June 1997 at 01:00
Your leader on events at the National Council for Parent Teacher Associations highlights the need for a real parents' voice.

Before the election, the Campaign for State Education (CASE) put detailed proposals to all the political parties calling for a representative National Parents' Council based on parents' councils in schools and parent-governors.

The proposal stressed the need for a truly democratic voice for parents, in much the same way as the National Governors' Council has become the voice for governors, having, as it does, a mechanism whereby each individual governing body can make its views known to the national body through a structure based on local education authority areas.

CASE urges parents to write to their MP asking that such a structure be set up so that they can make their views known to the decision-makers.

NICHOLA GREGORY Chair Campaign for State Education 64 Emscote Road Warwick

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