The National Parents Council Post Primary (NPCpp) is a voluntary group that gives national voice to parents of students in post primary schools in Ireland. The secondary education system consists of schools under the patronage of catholic voluntary schools, religious minority schools, schools run by the Christian Brothers, Community and Comprehensive schools and Education & Training Board schools. Each of these sectors established a governing body which nominates four representatives to the National Parents Council Post Primary.

The National Parents Council Post Primary works as umbrella group for parent associations in the secondary section of the Irish education system.

Parents are the primary educators of their children as outlined by Irish Constitution. The NPCpp is named in the Education Act 1998. We unite parents and ensure their participation and inclusion at all levels of the post primary education system.

The National Parents Council Post Primary has a Board of twenty members who work on behalf of parents and children without remuneration.

Our Vision

NPCPP aims to provide a forum that actively supports parents and guardians in their parenting role and to interact effectively with schools and other education partners on issues that impact on the education, development and general well-being of young people within the post-primary education system.

Our Mission

The NPCPP is the voice and advocate for parents and guardians of young people in post-primary education. It serves and represents parents and guardians, principally through engagement with Parents Associations. In consultation with its Constituent Bodies, the NPCpp, offers co-ordinated training, interaction, information and engagement with parents and guardians.

Our Aims

The NPCPP aims to:

  • have an effective Parents Association in place in every school
  • communicate with all parents and guardians of young people in post-primary education
  • support parents and guardians in being active partners in education • challenge parents and guardians to participate
  • provide a structure through which parents and guardians can inform and influence policy development
  • take an active role in influencing policy at a national level
  • build strong partnerships with key stakeholders