PTA fundraising and the cost of living crisis
Carol Rogerson discovers what PTAs can do as the cost of living crisis begins to bite
Safeguarding and the PTA
A significant component of the work of school staff is protecting children. But how should PTAs engage with safeguarding policies?
Your start-of-year checklist
Prioritise your tasks your get your PTA fundraising off to a flying start this autumn
PTA diversity checklist
Anna Scott reveals how to make your PTA an inclusive space where everyone is welcome
Raise your PTAs profile
Spotlight on visibility: raising the profile of your PTA is a win/win, increasing donations and attracting new volunteers
FAQs unincorporated associations
It's flexible and simple. Staying unincorporated is an ideal way for a small group of volunteers to raise money, says Ian McLintock
Gardening facilitates outdoor learning, boosts wellbeing and helps children understand climate change. So, should a school garden go to the top of your wish list, asks Carol Rogerson
10 ways to make the most of your garden
How many of these easily achievable elements does your school garden have?
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Our children will grow up in an increasingly diverse world. Let's start their journey by showing them how the PTA finds common ground, says Carol Rogerson
AGM quick guide
Love it or loathe it, the AGM is an essential part of the PTA year. Follow our quick guide for an effortless meeting
How PTAs have changed in the pandemic
We asked PTAs what had changed for them since the start of the pandemic. Here, we reveal what they've tried, what they like and what they can't wait to drop
Turn adversity into strength
Life has its ups and downs, and knowing how to adapt to adversity is essential to our health and happiness, says Josh Floyd
Play to your strengths
How two PTAs discovered that by making the most of their volunteers' skills they could reap greater rewards
Your end-of-year checklist
In a year full of twists and turns, it's been tricky to plan ahead. Our handy checklist will help you tie up all the loose ends
Online AGM FAQs
It's AGM season but not as we've ever known it. We round up what you may or may not be able to do in order to comply with the guidelines
PTA through the years
Members past and presents talk about their experiences of being on one school's PTA
Social media do's and don'ts
Online communication can be complicated. Joe Clarke from the UK Safer Internet Centre takes us through the pros and cons of operating PTA social media accounts
Get your PTA on Facebook
As one of the largest social media platforms, we've found Facebook is the favourite of our PTA+ community. But how can you make it work for your PTA?
Charity governance FAQs
Whether you're an experienced chair or a PTA newbie, you're sure to have the odd query on charity registration and governance
Agreeing a wishlist
A lot of time and effort goes into raising funds for the PTA pot, but when it comes to spending it, how do you go about it?
Annual General Meetings (AGMs) FAQs
Everything a PTA needs to know about planning an Annual General Meeting (AGM)
How can your school and PTA work together?
The school and PTA both have the same core interest, so how can you work together to become a stronger unit?
PTA problems: Am I being unreasonable...
...to feel frustrated/angry/unappreciated?! Don't worry, you're not alone. We asked counsellor Rona Waldon-Saunders for her advice on some common PTA gripes
Join your county PTA Facebook group
The team behind PTA+ has set up 60 local PTA groups to bring neighbouring committees together
Charity trustees FAQs
Generally speaking, all committee members are trustees of a PTA, so what responsibilities do they have? Neal Green, Senior Policy Advisor at the Charity Commission, explains...
GDPR for PTAs
We've spoken to the Fundraising Regulator and the Information Commission's Office (ICO) to find out what GDPR means for PTAs
Whether you're stepping down or you're losing some key members of your committee, the health of your association depends on a smooth transition
PTA committee roles and responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the PTA chair, treasurer and secretary
Other PTA committee roles and responsibilities
Breaking down roles gives more people the chance to take part and is especially helpful when you're struggling to find volunteers
The benefits of co-chairing
We asked PTA co-chairs to explain why sharing responsibilities works for them
Online PTA meetings
While holding work meetings and social get-togethers online has become the norm for many of us, would it work for your PTA?
PTA health check
Covid-19 forced PTAs to cancel events and put plans on hold. We look at what's happened since then and what steps PTAs can take to get back up and running
DBS check FAQs
When do PTA volunteers need to have DBS checks? We asked the team at Safe Network for their advice
Safeguard your PTA cash
PTA events are a fantastic way to bring people together while raising funds, but unfortunately, this doesn't make them immune to dishonesty and risk
Don't get overwhelmed
PTAs can find themselves under pressure to take on multiple projects and ideas
What can PTAs learn from charities?
If you lack formal training or extensive experience, it can be hard to know what's best for your PTA. Fortunately, there are people who do this for a living. Carol Rogerson asks some charity pros about what works for them
How storytelling can benefit your PTA
As a fundraiser, Lucy Gower soon discovered that storytelling was her most powerful tool. She explains how PTAs can develop their storytelling skills to make change happen
Attract more volunteers
Widen the net when recruiting volunteers and take advantage of the valuable skills available in your community