Dear North Yorkshire County Council,
NYPACT is a voluntary group that represents parents of children with SEN. It is the group the Council has chosen to represent the voice of parents. NYPACT are invited to meetings with the Council in this role. The group receives funding from The Big Lottery and The Department for Education, and has employed administrative support.
1 Please list the meetings NYPACT have been invited to, or attended, in the last calendar year.
2 Please provide minutes of those meetings.
3 Are any other parent groups regularly invited to attend these meetings?
NYPACT does not provide on its website details of its own meetings or minutes of prior meetings, except the last AGM.
It does not provide any details of the meetings it has attended as 'parental representatives' with the Council nor has it published the views it has put forward at these meetings, nor how those views were reached.
Although NYPACT has conducted a small number of surveys in the past, there is no evidence it has sought the views of parents in a wider sense before attending meetings with the Council on particular issues.
3 What steps did the Council take before nominating NYPACT as the group to consult with to ensure the views put forward by NYPACT are representative and an effective forum for the parent voice?
4 What mechanism is currently in place to ensure the views of NYPACT are representative of parents across the County? Does the Council 'audit' the role of NYPACT? If so, please provide any reports. If not, why not?
5 Does the Council provide an agenda and relevant reports, in good time, for each meeting that NYPACT attends?
6 Does the Council supply minutes of meetings afterwards to NYPACT?
7 If the Council does not believe that the views put forward by NYPACT are representative of parents generally, what mechanism is in place to seek alternative parental representation?
Dear Ms Redfellow
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Dear Ms Redfellow
Please find attached our response to your recent request for information.
Admin Team Leader
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