Role and Rights of Parents in their child’s education

The Irish Constitution, BUNREACHT NA hÉIREANN, was enacted by the People on the 1st July 1937 and has been in operation since the 29th December 1937. Article 42.1 states:

The State acknowledges that the primary and natural educator of the child is the Family and guarantees to respect the inalienable right and duty of parents to provide, according to their means, for the religious and moral, intellectual, physical and social education of their children.

The Constitution defines clearly the rights of the family to educate their children. Not only do parents have the right to provide for the religious and moral, intellectual, physical and social education of their children but they also have a duty to do so. The right of a parent to be the primary educator of the child cannot be removed or surrendered.

Parents and their relationship to the school

Unity of approach between parents and the teachers is considered vital. The importance of this relationship is expressed in frequent meetings between parents and teachers in both formal and informal settings. Parents need to know the ethos of the School. With their full support, this education can really blossom and it will give security and strength to the child.

Formal parent/ subject teacher meetings and parent/ class teacher meetings are held annually. The Class Teacher is the primary contact person for parents, in raising issues or discussing goals or needs of their child.

Parent Body

The Class Representatives Group has representation from each class in the Primary School. Bi-monthly meetings are held with the Principal. The purpose of this forum is to enable parents raise issues of common interest and get responses to queries regarding the day-to-day experiences of the students in the school. Class Representatives compile a list of issues, ranging from uniform, food, Sport and educational policy queries, homework and other items. Responses are given and meeting minutes distributed to all parents by email.

Parents are strongly encouraged to put their names forward for election to the Class Rep group. This forum offers the opportunity to make friends with other parents, share concerns and ideas for the school. International research has shown that when parents are involved in their child’s educational life, their children achieve better outcomes through their school years. So, go for it!

For Class Representatives contact details, please contact the school office.

Useful Books for Parents

Over the years parents with children in John Scottus Primary school have recommended various books on the broad theme of parenting. A selection of these are presented here.




Why Gender Matters Leonard Sax Built In Natural Differences Between Boys And Girls
Girls On The Edge Leonard Sax 4 Factors Driving The New Crisis For Girls
Boys Adrift Leonard Sax 5 Factors Driving Unmotivated Boys
Raising Babies Stephen Biddulph Should Under 3s Go To Nursery?
Raising Boys Stephen Biddulph Why Boys Are Different
Raising Girls Stephen Biddulph Helping Your Daughter To Grow Up Wise, Warm & Strong
Magic 1-2-3 Thomas W Phelan Effective Discipline For Children 2-12
Don’t Get Mad, Get Wise Mike George Why no one makes you angry … ever

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