When PTA UK (formerly NCPTA) was established over 60 years ago, its goal was to advance education by encouraging homes and schools to work together; helping parents to have a voice in their child’s school and at national level. This remains the case. The change to Parentkind reflects this original aim, which is to support and champion all the different ways that parents can get involved in their child’s education, to help every child thrive. So we have changed our name to Parentkind to better reflect everything we do as a membership organisation and a charity.
What does this mean for our PTAs?
Our members are at the heart of what we do and we’re committed to supporting the important role you play in schools. We believe that being Parentkind will open the door to encourage a wider group of parents to get involved with their PTA as well as volunteer in other ways in our schools.
The membership package hasn't changed and there's nothing you need to do, but you will notice a few differences when you contact us (as well as the new name and new look!):
- When you call the Member Support Line 0300 123 5460, we'll answer as 'Parentkind Member support'
- Our website name will change to parentkind.org.uk and it will have a brand new look (don’t worry if you forget, pta.org.uk will redirect you to our new address)
- To email Member Support, please use firstname.lastname@example.org (if you forget or reply to an old email we’ll still get it as they will all be re-directed too)
- Our Facebook page will be re-named PTA Expert by Parentkind.
Being active in your parent association makes a massive difference to the educational experience of every child. You are absolutely a force for good in education and in your school - keep up the great work!
What does this mean for Parents?
84% of parents told us they wanted to be more involved with their child's school and learning (view our research here)
When it comes to how well a child does at school, parents really matter - so we want to encourage, enable and inspire more parents to get involved, at home and in school.
Being part of a PTA is one great way to support your child and their school. But it's not right for everyone. We want to champion all the ways parents can get involved and make a difference; as a volunteer in the classroom, raising money for schools, supporting learning at home, as a governor or by sharing their views. We want parents to be informed and understand how important their role is, to sweep away barriers to participating in their child's education and school life, and have a the confidence to support their children. And we want to create the conditions in our schools for positive parental participation to thrive.
What does this mean for Schools?
Teachers and parents working together can have a powerful impact on how our children feel about their education and how well they do academically. As Parentkind, we will also be working with schools to help them (through training, toolkits and network membership) to create great partnerships and be as parent-friendly as possible. As the new home for Parent Councils, we will also be able to support schools in setting up and sustaining effective consultative forums too.
Find out more about our training workshops available across the UK.
Our Acting CEO Michelle Doyle Wildman comments:
“We know that parents and schools working together can have a powerful effect on our children and give them the best possible chance of realising their promise. I am thrilled with our new name and look because, I believe as Parentkind, we can do even more to help all mums, dads, grandparents and carers to take an active role in whichever way they can and want to.
“Society is changing. Parenting is changing. Schools are changing. And, therefore, we are changing too. We felt that the name PTA UK no longer reflected the breadth of support we can offer to parents, PTAs and other parent groups as well as schools. As Parentkind, we will work hard to promote parent participation in education. As well as helping parents in their vital role, Parentkind will support schools to be more parent-friendly and work with policy makers so that parental involvement and engagement is valued and enabled at a national and local level.
“Our PTA members remain at the heart of our organisation. We are committed to building on our offering so that we can support them in more ways than ever before, while also encouraging new groups to form and join our growing network.”
Read our 2018-2020 strategy document.