National PTA Week virtually brings together PTAs for a week of enlightening workshops delivered by industry leaders, concluding with a National PTA Awards ceremony to recognise outstanding achievements. The event offers parent groups the chance to learn from experts as well as one another in an open exchange of ideas. They will acquire the tools and inspiration to take their activities to another level. Throughout the week, #PTAHeroes will be championed on social media.
The time to celebrate the value of parent volunteers has never been more urgent. When most pupils switched to remote learning at home during the lockdowns of 2020, many parent volunteers seized the moment and mobilised into action to support local families. Our Annual Return data indicates that PTA committee members clocked up over 2 million volunteer hours in 2020, every second of which was in service to school communities across the UK.
Nominations for National PTA Week’s closing awards ceremony have flooded in. A PTA at a special school for visually impaired or deaf-blind children that serves families across a wide area knew that being a conduit between school and homes was vital. They reached out to parents needing help with shopping or picking up medication, and fed back to staff any parental concerns about the return to school for vulnerable children. Their transformational impact during lockdowns kept families informed, supported and less isolated. Not only that, but their social gatherings brought the community closer together at a crucial time when parents truly appreciated the extra support. A school in a rural area held their traditional scarecrow festival as an outdoor event to safely bring everyone together from young to old. With thirty-eight households volunteering to build a scarecrow, the project was a valuable opportunity for children to have fun, be sociable and learn new skills through a creative project involving their family, friends and neighbours. The busy PTA enlisted the local paper, radio station, and plenty of bloggers to help spread the word and build interest.