The biggest obstacle in getting people to commit to the PTA is a lack of time, so how do we get around the problem of diaries that are busier than ever? Nicola Bloom discovers the answer could be 'micro-volunteering'
Restricted funds FAQs
If your PTA receives, or fundraises for, money to be spent on a particular project, you'll need to make sure that's what you spend it on. The money will be held by the PTA as what is known as a 'restricted fund', explains Laura Soley
Give a speech that inspires
A speech at the start of the school year will help parents understand why the PTA exists and what it actually does. Hari Patience-Davies explains why identifying what matters to your audience is key to getting them to do what you want
10 reasons we need your help!
Download our leaflet to explain to parents who makes up your PTA, what you do and why you need their help
Welcome new starters
Reach out to the new intake with helpful information, such as the fundraising initiatives they can take part in now
Events for new families
At the start of a new term, welcome new children and families to the school by running an all-inclusive fundraising event
How your PTA can become zero waste
We talk to three PTAs about how they reduced waste and raised awareness
Volunteering is good for you
Volunteering isn't just about raising funds for the school - getting involved in the PTA could have more benefits than you had banked on
Zero waste PTAs
Heather Park looks at how you can minimise your impact on the environment, and help your school community become more eco-friendly
How to write a PTA newsletter
What should you put in your PTA newsletters, and how can you write one people will read?
Building business partnerships
Form a rewarding relationship with a company and discover how both parties can reap the benefits
Manage your PTA communications
Whether it's to help get visitors to events or find new committee members, a PTA needs the right level of exposure to help it flourish
Grandparents are great
Reach out to grandparents to up the manpower on your PTFA. Not only can they help bolster volunteer numbers, they bring a wealth of experience!
How to write letters to businesses
If you have a fair, fete or raffle coming up, contacting commercial companies is a great way to ask for prizes or sponsorship
How do you thank your volunteers?
Ensure volunteers have an enjoyable experience and give your manpower a permanent boost
Engage the community
Beyond fundraising, a PTA can bring value to the school and wider community in different and unexpected ways
Events that reach out to the community
PTAs share their accounts of inspiring initiatives that weren't just about making a profit
A guide to class reps
Having PTA representatives for each class is an ideal way to engage parents, boost support and share the workload
When it comes to giving pupils the opportunity to meet role models, who better to turn to than your school alumni?
PTA support speech: 'We need you!'
Encourage more parents to show their support with a rousing speech
New parent welcome packs
Offer support and advice to new parents while raising the profile of your PTA
10 ways to get support from parents
A lack of volunteers is the single, biggest issue for most PTAs. We've put together these simple steps to help you harness more support
Beat fundraising fatigue
How to make the most of your activities without overwhelming your volunteers and supporters
Gifts for school leavers
Give Year 6 leavers a treat at the end of their primary school years by buying a memorable gift
Should I join the PTA?
Before you join the PTA, find out what it does, how it's run and what you might be asked to volunteer for
Creating a PTA logo
Designing a brand logo for your cause will raise awareness of your PTA, but how do you go about it?