There is overwhelming evidence that parent participation in education helps our children do better in school, and it's pretty compelling: John Hattie's seminal 2008 study found that, “the effect of parental engagement over a student's school career is equivalent to adding two or three years to that student's education”.
Whether your child is in primary or secondary education, there are so many ways you can get involved with the school, whatever your circumstances, interests or skill-set. So if you don't think the PTA is for you (we still think you should give it a go!) there are plenty of other ways you can get involved in your child's school.
Even if you can't take part in activities at school, you can still make a valuable contribution by taking part in consultations and surveys, joining insight groups and sharing views with Ofsted, ESYTN and ETI school inspectors.
Here are just some of the ways you can be practically involved:
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PTA UK and Parent Councils UK collaborated on this short document that shows two ways to ensure your parent group has more of a say in school decision-making, with success stories to inspire you.
Many schools have a PTA, Parents Association or Friends of… Group. These are a great way of getting to know other families and staff and make a real contribution to the quality of school life for all. Read more...
A parent council advises the Head Teacher and Governors. It often has formal links with the PTA and the two bodies can both work to improve the school. Find out more.
Being a school governor or trustee is challenging but satisfying. It requires specific skills and the time to see the job through. Parents have a lot to offer and should absolutely seek to become governors.
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