Start a PTA
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. 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.
At PTA UK we provide full step-by-step support for schools and parents who become members wanting to set up a new PTA. If you are not yet a member, why not request our Start-up information or check out our information about the benefits for a new PTA of joining us. If you do decide to join, you can sign up here.
For PTA UK members
There's information in this section and in our Advice Hub that will help you set up your group and get it off to a flying start. There are a few things you will need to do, but don’t worry we’re here to help you every step of the way. If you can’t find what you need here please email our member services team at email@example.com or call 0300 123 5460 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm for support.
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Eight Steps to starting up a PTA guide
Step 1: Informal discussions The first thing to do is arrange to speak to someone in the school about setting up a PTA. This could be the Head, a governor or teacher – someone to talk through your objectives with.
Step 2: Gauge interest You should have your school champion and core group of parents to drive your project forward. Now you should organise a slightly more formal meeting to find out how many of your fellow parents are interested.
Step 3: The Launch When you’ve completed step two the next step is to launch your group and to call your first annual general meeting (AGM) to formally set up your new committee and PTA.
Step 4: Other considerations At your first AGM you should consider adopting the PTA UK’s Model Constitution, which is available in versions suitable for England and Wales, and for Northern Ireland. This sounds very formal but is no more than a set of rules that gives the newly elected committee a framework for managing your group.
Step 5: After the AGM Now you are up and running, it's the perfect time to send a message out to all the school community telling them about the new group, who the key contacts are and explaining how people can get involved. You may have already set a date for your first committee meeting.
Step 6: Start fundraising As a new PTA you probably won’t have any money, so how do you get going? Talk to the school to see if they could lend you some money to get you started, or hold an event that doesn’t involve any initial outlay.
Step 7: Communication Good communication is the key to developing and sustaining a successful PTA. Everyone in the school needs to feel that the PTA belongs to them and they belong to the PTA.
Step 8: The legal stuff You’ll need to think about a constitution, child protection issues, licences and insurance.