National Parents Council post primary (NPCpp) is a voluntary group. It has a board of 20 members who work on behalf of parents and children without remuneration. They give their time when and where they can so are often not contactable immediately but will always return your call.

Mrs. Gemma Hussey TD inaugurated National Parents Council post primary on The 8th June 1985. The new Council, the minister said, would have the same rights to consultation as the Management and Teachers unions.

In recent years NPCpp has become a limited company and is now named in the Education Act 1998.

National Parents Council post primary was put in place to be the umbrella group for parent associations in the secondary section of the Irish Education System. The Department wanted parental representation at second level to be similar to the Primary sector but this was not acceptable to parents.

The secondary system contains a number of different types of school, Catholic voluntary schools, religious minority schools, schools run by the Christian Brothers, Community and Comprehensive schools and VEC schools. Each of these sectors has their own National Parent Association. It was agreed that an umbrella group with delegates selected by the associations would work best.