Following changes made to the legislation regarding children in the Children Act 1989, which became law in October 1991, schools need to know who has "parental responsibility" for each child. This is to ensure that proper authority is given when the school needs parental permission. It will also make sure that persons with parental responsibility, with whom the child does not live, can be provided with school reports and given an opportunity to take part in the child's education.
Parents are asked to cooperate with school staff by providing the school with details of the persons with parental responsibility for a pupil. Any changes in the arrangements for parental responsibility or in the day to day care of the child should be notified to the school.
Any references to parents within this booklet relating to education matters also extends to include any individual who has care of the children.