1 Working towards a better education system for all National Parents ' Council Post-Primary Parents ' association guidelines Unit 6, Building 125, The Omni Shopping Centre, Santry, Dublin 9. Tel: (01) 830 2740. National Parents ' Council Post-Primary Our Vision, Our Mission VISION. NPCpp aims to provide a forum that actively supports Parents and guardians in their parenting role, and to interact effectively with schools and other education partners on issues that impact on the education, development and general well-being of young people within the Post-Primary education system. MISSION. NPCpp is the voice and advocate for Parents and guardians of young people in Post-Primary education. It serves and represents Parents and guardians, principally through engagement with Parents ' Associations. In consultation with its Constituent Bodies, the NPCpp offers co-ordinated training, interaction, information and engagement with Parents and guardians.
2 The NPCpp aims to: have an effective Parents ' association in place in every school communicate with all Parents and guardians of young people in post - primary education support Parents and guardians in being active partners in education challenge Parents and guardians to participate provide a structure through which Parents and guardians can inform and influence policy development take an active role in influencing policy at a National level build strong partnerships with key stakeholders. The History of NPCpp National Parents ' Council Post-Primary is a voluntary group. It has a board of 20 members who work on behalf of Parents and children without remuneration. Mrs Gemma Hussey TD inaugurated NPCpp on the 8th June 1985. The minister said the new Council would have the same rights to consultation as the school management bodies and teachers' unions. NPCpp is now a limited company named in the Education Act 1998.
3 NPCpp was put in place to be the umbrella group for Parents ' associations in the Post-Primary section of the Irish education system. The Department of Education and Skills wanted parental representation at Post-Primary level to be similar to the primary sector, but this was not possible due to the structure and classifications of Post-Primary schools. The secondary system contains a number of different types of schools. It was agreed that an umbrella group with delegates selected by the associations would work best. 33. COMPASS + FED-CSSPA+ ETBSNPA + PACCS = NPCpp 4 4. Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations National Parents ' COUNCILS. NPCP National Parents ' Council primary NPCpp National Parents ' Council Post-Primary _____. National Parents ' ASSOCIATIONS. COMPASS Co-operation of Minority Religion & Protestant Parents '. Associations FED-CSSPA Federation of Catholic Secondary Schools Parents Associations (Amalgamated).
4 PACCS Parents ' Associations of Community & Comprehensive Schools ETBSNPS ETB Schools National Parents association _____. SCHOOL MANAGEMENT BODIES. ACCS association of Community and Comprehensive Schools AMCSS/JMB association of Management of Catholic Secondary Schools/. Joint Managerial Body CMCSS Council of Management Catholic Secondary Schools CPSMA Catholic primary School Managers' association ETBI Education Training Boards Ireland NAPD National association of Principals and Deputy Principals _____. UNIONS. ASTI association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland IFUT Irish Federation of University Teachers INTO Irish National Teachers' Organisation ISSU Irish Student Union Ireland TUI Teachers' Union of Ireland _____. 55. EDUCATIONAL ORGANISATIONS. ACLD association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities AHEAD association for Higher Education Access and Disability AONTAS National association of Adult Education CAO Central Applications Office COGG An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscola ochta CORI Conference of Religious of Ireland DCU Dublin City University DES Department of Education and Skills ESRI Economic and Social Research Institute HEA Higher Education Authority HECA Higher Education Colleges association IGC Institute of Guidance Counsellors IUA Irish Universities association NALA National Adult Literacy association NABMSE National association of Boards of Management in Special Education NCCA National Council for Curriculum and Assessment NCGE National Centre for Guidance Education NCSE National Council for Special Education NEPS National Education Psychological Service NQAI
5 National Framework of Qualifications Ireland PDST Professional Development Service for Teachers PPEF Post-Primary Education Forum Qualifax National Learners' Database QQI Quality and Qualifications Ireland ITC Institute of Technical College SEC State Examinations Commission SOLAS An tSeirbh s Oideachais Lean naigh agus Scileanna (Further Education and Training Authority). TCD Trinity College Dublin TES Teacher Education Section TUSLA Child and Family Agency UCC University College Cork UCD University College Dublin NUIG National University of Ireland, Galway _____. 6 6. SCHOOL PROGRAMMES. CSPE Civic, Social and Political Education ESS Environmental and Social Studies ICT Information and Communication Technology JC Junior Certificate/Cycle JCSP Junior Certificate Schools Programme LC Leaving Certificate LCA Leaving Certificate Applied LCVP Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme PLC post Leaving Certificate Course SPHE Social, Personal and Health Education TYP Transition Year Programme VTOS Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme _____.
6 OTHER TERMS. AGM Annual General Meeting BOM Board of Management CDU Curriculum Development Unit CEO Chief Executive Officer CPD Continuous Professional Development EGM Extraordinary General Meeting EPT Eligible Part-time Teacher HSCL Home School Community Liaison NGO Non-Governmental Organisation PESP Programme for Economic and Social Progress PWT Permanent Whole-time Teacher RPT Regular Part-time Teacher SDP School Development Planning SESS Special Education Support Service SEN Special Educational Needs SENO Special Education Needs Officer SNA Special Needs Assistant TWT Temporary Whole-time Teacher 77. National Parents ' Council Leaving Cert Helpline The Leaving Certificate Helpline is provided courtesy of the National Parents '. Council Post-Primary (NPCpp). It is supported by the Department of Education and Skills (DES), eir, and the Irish Independent. Members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) are employed to provide advice and support to Parents and students for the duration of the helpline.
7 The Leaving Cert Helpline is always the culmination of months of planning with a series of meetings with our sponsors and the IGC. In the planning stage, we are at all times aware of the need for a voice on the phone in a time of distress for students and Parents , and in that vein we try to plan the hours for the helpline to maximise the availability of guidance counsellors' expertise. We are very aware of the availability of information on the Internet, which provides so much of it at the touch of a button, but despite all the information out there the need for human contact is very obvious and it is what drives our determination to provide the service we do. The coverage given to the Helpline by all our media contacts is also invaluable, and it is at a time like this that local radio along with National stations and TV. coverage come into their own. As with all things, in the current economic climate, the cost of the helpline is a huge factor and one which we would be unable to fund without the generosity of our sponsors, Irish Independent, Eircom and the Department of Education and Skills.
8 To all of the people involved at that end, we say a huge thank you. The Helpline comes into operation on the day Leaving Cert results are issued and again on the day CAO offers are issued. Please go to for dates and times. Helpline Phone Number: 1800 265 165. 8 8. National Parents ' Council Post-Primary Parents ' Councils/Associations/PTA. Training Programme This very successful NPCpp initiative has received excellent evaluation reports from those participants who availed of the training. The delivery of this programme has empowered participants to know their responsibilities and rights and where to obtain the knowledge required to ensure that Parents and guardians play their full role on Parents ' Councils/Associations in the post - primary education sector. The in-service programme has been delivered through the kind cooperation of the CEOs in the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and School Management in Community/Comprehensive Schools, Minority Religion and Protestant Schools, Voluntary Catholic Secondary Schools and Religious Trust Bodies (CEIST, Le Ch ile, ERST).
9 Topics addressed at these in-service training sessions have included: Purpose of training Why Parents ' Associations? Objectives of a Parents ' Role of officers association Roles of members All about meetings Partnership and relationships NPCpp supporting Parents In co-operation with the management bodies and trustees, NPCpp have organised the dates for the autumn and winter term, and we are very eager to offer this free training to Parents and guardians who are associated with Parents ' Councils/Associations/Parent Teacher Associations. Please note that all Parents and guardians of pupils in second-level schools are welcome to attend and will benefit from this invaluable training opportunity. Training is provided from to on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided for the participants on the evening, and NPCpp provides its own equipment and supplies participants with documents of interest.
10 If you and the Parent association in your school would like to avail of this beneficial in-service training, then please email to arrange a suitable training date and venue. 99. Why Parents ' association ? A Parents ' association is defined as a group of Parents working in partnership with all stakeholders to enhance the educational development and educational opportunities of their children. Parents ' Associations/Councils deal with issues in a structured way. A Parents ' Council is a resource at the disposal of the school community. A Parents ' Council is a resource at the disposal of the individual parent. A Parents ' Council represents the views of Parents , by having an input into school policies. Membership of the Parents ' association All Parents and guardians of children attending your school are members of the Parent association . Objectives of a Parents ' association To act as a conduit between the Parents and the school.