What is a Parent Teacher Association (PTA)?
Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is an organisation of parents and staff. Its role is to encourage closer links between home and school. PTAs are best known for their fundraising work. Fundraising events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together.
How is money raised?
PTAs raise money through events. They often hold one main event each school term – for example, a Christmas fair in the winter, a quiz in the spring, and a summer fair. They’re always looking for new fundraising ideas.
How is money spent?
Funds raised by the PTA are intended to provide ‘extras’ not already provided by the school's main income – often 'fun things' that make learning more interesting and exciting. The PTA committee and the headteacher decide how to spend PTA funds.
How can I be involved in my PTA?
There are many different ways you can help with the PTA, whether you have lots of time to offer or not. Some of the roles are time-consuming, although also rewarding. If you can’t commit to a big job, look out for things you can do less frequently (eg running a stall at the summer fair/ baking for a cake sale). And you can always support PTA events by simply turning up.
Many companies throughout the UK offer employees the chance to boost their fundraising efforts by 'matching' the money they raise. Reach out to your working parents, and your PTA could double the amount of cash it raises.