The EPCN (Edinburgh Parent Council Network) is continuing to find ways to consult on and resist the proposed cuts.
Tina (below) has asked if other PCs would also write to the media – we will do this, and I would welcome comments and support on this. (please email email@example.com) or comment below.
The proposed cuts to secondary schools which are driving the move from a departmental subject-based model to a faculty model have not been properly and openly debated on educational grounds. A number of high school parent council chairs made this point in their deputations to the City of Edinburgh Council’s budget meeting in February. We argued that the cuts were being made too quickly and too deeply. The tight timescales for the savings mean that head teachers must consult with parent councils and parents by the end of June. As a parent council chair of a large high school, I do not see how our parent council can effectively consult our parents on the proposed changes this quickly, because no debate has been held about the educational advantages and disadvantages of the faculty model. We need information about the experiences of other local authorities to properly understand the proposals and their consequences for the education of our young people. More work needs to be done to communicate with parents as a whole on this issue – we are key stakeholders and we require a reasoned debate to satisfy ourselves that these changes have educational merit, and are not just about money.
Royal High School Parent Council