CHAIR – Yvonne MacLeod
VICE CHAIR – Gemma Arandall
SECRETARY – Shamma Bhatoye
TREASURER – Joanne Witton
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A PTFA?
PTFA activity will vary from school to school. Almost all PTFAs are involved in fundraising and most will organise social events for parents and children. Many provide helpers for outings and special events and a large number run clubs for sport, music or drama. Some PTFAs will organise meetings to inform parents about education issues, too, particularly when changes are taking place.
Recent figures show that PTFAs raise over £73 million a year, providing funds to improve the school experience for millions of children in both the primary and secondary sector - from buying skipping ropes for playtime to equipping an ICT suite.
This achievement makes a real difference to schools and their pupils, providing extra resources and, in some cases, making it possible for activities such as school trips to happen.
A successful PTFA will bring together parents and teachers who are interested in supporting the school. Meetings are usually very informal with event planning and organising the main focus. PTAs tend to meet a couple of times each term with an extra meeting just before an event. Meetings may be held at school but some PTFAs get together at a local pub to make it more of a social gathering
The importance of involving parents:
Research has shown that parental involvement has a very significant impact on a child's achievement and attainment at school.
A successful PTFA provides parents and teachers with the opportunity to exchange views, work together and to develop mutual trust and confidence. The NCPTA supports this success with a wide range of information and practical guidance.
In a world where everyone's time is precious, getting people to join a PTFA can be a daunting task. But all parents and teachers can get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available.
The lifecycle of a PTFA committee will vary. Some members may stay involved for ten years or more - particularly if they have subsequent children attending the school. Others may stay for a few years and then move on.