Spotlight on sensory rooms
A sensory room can provide a safe space for those who need it - Nuala Calvi looks at the benefits for all children, and why it doesn’t have to cost the Earth
After the event
The families have gone home and you've taken down the tables and gazebos - finish these last few jobs and you're done!
Dress up for the PTA
Looking to raise awareness and money for your PTA event or fundraiser? Put on a funny costume, says Rebecca Geitgey
How to organise leavers' hoodies for Year 6
Providing printed hoodies for children ending their years at primary school has become a tradition. Daniel Etherington finds out what PTAs need to know
Get started: Demonstrate impact
Take your communications to the next level by showing the difference you make
School governors on the PTA
It's sometimes seen as a conflict of interest, but having a governor on the committee can actually help you work better together
As a PTA parent, you're modelling a host of important values for your children, says Nuala Calvi
School uniform law: What PTAs need to know
A new law designed to make schools provide affordable uniforms came into effect in September 2022. But what exactly is it, and how does it impact PTAs?
Vehicles: School fundraising success stories
Trains, planes and double deckers make fun, exciting learning spaces. Zena Alli hopped aboard to hear how four schools found extra va-va-room
Ask the expert: Digital fundraising
Ioan Marc Jones, content editor at Charity Digital, answers your most pressing questions
Get practical help from Men's Sheds
If your PTA needs help with woodwork or metalwork, try asking your local Men's Shed
How to engage new parents
Parents of children starting their first year at school are potential new recruits for the PTA. Daniel Etherington looks at how to encourage their involvement
PTA horror stories
There are hurdles to overcome at any event, and whether it's bad weather, tipsy parents or a jumble sale with a bit of a whiff, you'll be able to laugh afterwards - we promise
New parent welcome packs
Offer support and advice to new parents while raising the profile of your PTA
Should I join the PTA?
Before you join the PTA, find out why it exists, what it does and how volunteers can help
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
I found my lifeline when I joined the PTA
When Julie Willcox moved to a new town, she didn't know anyone. Then she caught the PTA bug, and now the whole school knows her name
School community success stories
Take inspiration from these PTA members who brought their school communities closer together
Outside areas success stories
Transforming the space beyond the classroom can have massive benefits for pupils. Daniel Etherington looks at three schools which have done just that
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
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, fête or raffle coming up, contacting commercial companies is a great way to ask for prizes or sponsorship
How do you thank your volunteers?
Give volunteers a well-deserved boost by showing them how much you value their work
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 stories of inspiring initiatives that benefitted their local communities too
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
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
Creating a PTA logo
Designing a brand logo for your cause will raise awareness of your PTA, but how do you go about it?