If you are reading this then chances are you have a PTA at your school, or are hoping to set one up. Most PTA groups in England and Wales are charities. In fact, if a PTA group raises £5k+ a year, they are required to register as a charity with the Charity Commission.
The PTA, ( a.k.a PA, PTFA, PSA, Friends of .. and others ), primarily exists to provide a closer link between home and school, as well as fundraise for goods or services that directly benefit the children in their learning journey.
Having an active PTA is an excellent way to bring school staff, families and friends together socially in support of the school. The majority of funds are raised through events that the PTA put on, however, these events are hard work and take a lot of time and effort. This means lots of volunteered help required. Unfortunately, recruiting willing volunteers is one of the hardest jobs and can be an ongoing battle. Many a fundraising event has been cancelled or has failed because of a lack of volunteer help.
Therefore, it’s crucial to introduce your PTA group to new blood parents each year, letting them know who you are, what you do and how they can help.
In the main, the PTA committee are a friendly bunch and it may also help get more active members if people can put a ‘face’ to the PTA.
Saying all that, it can be nerve racking standing up in front of so many people and getting them to listen. You need to find innovative ways to engage with parents from the offset.
At the PTA Hub, we have created a free video which will give your new parent community a flavour of what the PTA are all about and encourage them to become part of it.
Fill in the short form to request a video to introduce the PTA at your school’s induction evening.