Our charity and membership organisation came into being over 60 years ago. Today marks the next chapter as we move from being PTA UK to Parentkind.
Britain was very different in the mid-1950s. At the time, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan famously said ‘we never had it so good’ and academics tell us that people were much happier with their lot than they are now.
Happier, in part, because they belonged to large social networks of other contented people who shared a common goal. This was perhaps why the time was right to create a national body that brought together parents who were interested in education and active in their child’s school. In time this organisation became the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations and then in 2011 became PTA UK.
Our children’s education has never been more important. We have changed to Parentkind because we want even more parents to understand the positive difference they can make, to participate in ways that are right for them, to really ‘lean in’ and have their say. At the same time, education has never been subject to more change, analysis and debate. In recent times parent voices have not been adequately heard or considered and as Parentkind, we want to help ‘turn up the dial.’
The bottom line is that we want all children to have the opportunity to thrive and reach their potential. We want to help them grow into well-rounded citizens with the character and skills to have fulfilling working and personal lives. We believe that this is best achieved by schools and parents working together. Of course this is not always easy. As Parentkind we will play our part in making this partnership happen so that our children’s education is supercharged and fit for the 21st century.
The time is right for parents to take up their rightful place in our education system. We want to see PTAs continue to go from strength to strength and we are proud to be able to play our part in supporting their vital work. We are also excited about the benefits we have in store for our brilliant members. We are thrilled that in the years ahead we will see our network grow to embrace new PTAs, new parent groups, parents of all kinds and schools.
I like to think that the brilliant men and women who launched our charity would be delighted to know we are still here, still going strong and still striving to live up to their expectations. PTAs have proven to be a resilient force for good in many schools. A growing number of mums, dads, grandparents and carers are supporting our children’s learning and want to have a say in education and school life. Our strength remains that we are a large social network with a compelling, common goal to advance education by bringing homes and schools together and supporting the active participation of parents in education.
Here’s to the next 60 years. Here’s to Parentkind.