Six reasons why your PTA really matters

06/10/16

1. It's great for the kids (even if they don't realise it!)

Being active in the PTA not only improves your child’s school but makes you an excellent role model. Research confirms what we’ve always known: when children see us involved in their school and learning, it encourages them to do their best.

Case Study: Richmond Park School - parent engagement and the PTA

Read more: Why parents matter


2. It builds trust

Becoming part of the PTA is a great way to get to know other parents and teachers while gaining an insight into the workings of the school. With parents and teachers striving towards the same goals, the parent group is instrumental in making a real difference in the school life of all children.

Case study: Why I took the PTA plunge

Read more: Getting people involved


3. It raises welcome funds

Whether it’s creating an outdoor classroom, stocking the science lab with new Bunsen burners or arranging a visit from a top author, the funds raised from your activities impact massively on the opportunities and experiences of all the children at school.

Case Study: Rushmore Primary School – PTA brings back its school library after 20 year break

Read more: PTA fundraising


4. It gives you a voice

Many PTAs already act as a consultative group for the school leaders and governors. So whether it’s deciding on where PTA funds are spent or getting parent views on wraparound care, you can make sure parents have a voice in how your school operates.

Case study: Burdett-Coutts and Townshend CE Primary School - seeking parent voices

 


5. It forges connections beyond the school gates

PTAs are brilliant for building relationships with the local community, from events, sponsorships from local businesses, and mentions in local press. Some Parentkind members have worked with local employees to run career fairs.

Case Study: Queen Elizabeth’s School – Welcoming stakeholders of all kinds to QE Family

Read more: Working with local businesses


6. It's good for you!

Every parent has plenty to offer a PTA, and whether it’s being on the committee, helping out at events or organising meetings, your talents will be put to good use. As well as being enjoyable and satisfying, you can build your confidence and learn new skills too.

Case Study: PTA Dad - Contributions Welcome

Read more: Get involved at school

 

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