Starting a new PTA

What you need to take into consideration when starting up a parent teacher association.

A PTA is an excellent way to bring together parents, teachers and your local community to raise money and to support the school.

It provides an opportunity for everyone to work together towards a common goal. All parents, teachers and school staff can get involved even if they only have a small amount of time available. Whatever type of association you decide to form, your school will benefit from the additional funds it will raise and the increased opportunity for parents to be more involved in school life.

What does a PTA do?

PTA activity varies from school to school. The wider the range, the more chance you have of involving more people. A PTA can:

  • raise funds to help the school provide resources and extras for the pupils
  • run social events for parents and children 
  • provide support for school trips and outings and other special events
  • run after-school clubs for sport, music or drama
  • organise meetings to inform parents about education issues, especially when changes are taking place

Last year PTA UK helped over 200 schools set up an association.

Starting a PTA is a very good way to bring together parents, teachers and others to raise money, to support the school and make a difference for the children. It provides an opportunity for everyone to work together towards a common goal and is open to all parents and teachers even if they only have a small amount of time available to get involved.

Usually, a PTA is formed to fundraise for the benefit of the pupils at the school. Another important role for a PTA is as a way for parents to become more involved with their children's school. Working in partnership with the school, a PTA can help to develop strong links between home and school.

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