Association Membership and Governance
What’s the difference between a PA, PTA, PSA, PTFA and a Friends Association?
The type of association is defined by its membership and this will be set out in your constitution.
Usually, the automatic members of a parents association (PA) are the parents, guardians or carers of children attending the school. In a parent teacher association (PTA), parent staff (PSA) or home-school association (HAS), it is parents, guardians or children, plus teaching and non-teaching staff currently employed by the school.
In a Friends group or parent teacher friends association (PTFA) it is as described previously, and any person over the age of 18 wishing to offer appropriate support or help and who is accepted by the committee as a member.
What’s the difference between a member and a committee member?
It is easy to confuse committee members with members of the association. Both will be defined in the PTA constitution.
Typically, members of a PTA are all parents and teachers at the school. Inclusion is automatic.
Committee members are elected by the members of the association to represent them and run the association on their behalf for the next year.
Who can be a committee member?
Anyone who falls into the membership criteria, as defined in the constitution, can put themselves forward for a committee role. They have to be voted into position, rather than appointed.
Can we have teachers on the committee?
As long as your association is a PTA or a Friends association, then they are eligible to put their names forward. If you have a teacher, or the head teacher elected as a committee member then you need to consider the conflict of interest, particularly around the spending of funds.
Annual General Meetings (AGMs)
What is an AGM?
This is the formal meeting of the association, where the committee members report back to their members about the activities they’ve run throughout the year, and where the election of the new committee happens. As the name suggests, AGMs are held once a year, which means the timing for future AGM's will mainly be determined by when the last meeting happened.
While it is the right of the PTA committee to determine the venue for the AGM, care should be taken to explain this and the rationale to the school so that it will be fully supportive.
Constitution (your governing document)
What is a constitution and do we need one?
This is the document that details the rules and regulations by which the association should be run and can also be called the governing document.
PTA UK encourages all PTAs to have a constitution and offers a
which embodies best practice for PTAs. For more information about becoming a member of PTA UK follow this link
PTA UK Membership
How do I find out if we are members of PTA UK?
Call our Membership Services Team on 0300 123 5460 with the name and post code of your school or email your details to
Our member benefits are all about providing offers and support that help you to be the most successful PTA you can be. Whether that's advice, special offers, bespoke insurance, charity fast tracking, we think you'll agree we offer you an unrivalled package of support for all PTAs regardless of school and size.
Membership will give your committee members access to:
PTA Info sheets
; find expert advice and guidance from over 70 online
. Topics include running typical PTA events, health and safety and legal advice, managing and promoting your PTA and how to get more parents involved. If you can’t find what you are looking for let us know!
; if you are looking for a poster to promote your event or a risk assessment template, our range of downloadable templates in the
section will save you time and money.
Member advice line
; our highly experienced team take thousands of enquiries from our members each year. As a member you can call us on 0300 123 5460 for instant guidance and support Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.
Free online file storage
; all members have access to a free online file storage facility through their dedicated My Account area on the PTA UK website. You will be able to update personal details, bookmark useful web pages and upload and share committee information such as minutes, event planning notes and other important documents.
Free access to a database of 4,500 trust and foundations offering charitable grants of
£3.9 billion per year
; on behalf of its members PTA UK has purchased a license to enable you to access this online database of potential funders.
our directory of 90 recommended suppliers can help you find products and services quickly.
we keep you up to date with the latest news on all things relating to parental involvement in schools and from fellow PTAs across the country
Follow this link for more information
PTA UK Website
I wanted to join online but there was a record of a previous PTA and it won’t let me make the payment. How can I resolve this?
Please call us on 0300 123 5460 to pay over the phone and join today, or e-mail
email@example.com and request our joining information.