Connect's Snap Survey on Parent Groups' Experiences of Booking School Lets

14th January 2019

Our snap survey in winter 2018 asked parent groups about their experiences of booking school lets. The responses make clear that some local authorities are taking advantage of parent groups by charging high fees for school lets, when the parent groups are running fundraising events for the school! 

Whilst our survey sample is small, parent groups are saying there are particular problems in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Renfrewshire.

Our report calls on the Scottish Government and local authorities to

  • work together to ensure parent groups are supported in what they do for their schools – they make a huge financial and social contribution to their schools – don’t take it for granted!
  • make sure parent groups are not being exploited when they are supporting the school community – this is cynical and harms parents’ trust in the education system
  • make sure parental engagement and involvement – a top national policy priority – is properly supported in practical ways eg parents/parent groups are supported to access, and feel welcome in, school buildings demonstrate respect and appreciation for parent groups for their invaluable contribution
  • recognise with actions that partnership-working with parents requires a commitment from local authorities or parents will lose goodwill
  • recognise the importance of janitors and school staff to school access. 

You can read our full report on the survey here.