nder the School Education Act 1999 (the Act), public schools are required to have a council, with parent and/or community members being in the majority. The Act reinforces the importance of the partnership between schools, parents and the wider community so students can achieve the highest standards.
Evidence from overseas and around Australia clearly shows that where a council is fully involved in their school’s planning and policy development, the school functions more efficiently with improved results for students.
Composition and Membership
council is to determine its composition having regard to the nature of the student population and the school community, drawing its membership from among the categories below:
- Parents of students at the school;
- Members of the general community;
- A member of the Parents and Citizens ‘Association;
- Staff of the school in addition to the Principal
Parent and general community members must form the majority of members, with there being at least one parent. The principal of the school is automatically a member of the council. A staff member at a school cannot be a parent or community member of the council of that school.
For more information about school councils go to the WACSSO web site.