BACK CHAT – Forward planning

Boost parental support Connect with enthusiastic parents of

new starters! Many schools arrange a coffee morning within the fi rst few weeks of term, so why not offer to serve tea and coffee at the event and print out some fl yers to hand out. Or you could organise an informal ‘meet and greet’ evening and invite both new and existing parents to come along and fi nd out more about the PTA. But don’t put potential volunteers off by letting them think they’ll be single-handedly organising the summer fair if they sign up – make it clear that any level of support is welcome!

Bright sparks If you already have a fi reworks event

Communicate your goals It’s easy for parents to feel left out of the loop

when it comes to PTA fundraising goals, and they are far more likely to support PTA events and make contributions if they know what the money is going to be used for. Whether you’re raising money for a specifi c project or projects, or simply aiming to raise £2,000 more than last year, once you’ve agreed your overall goals for the year make sure you clearly communicate this to parents via PTA newsletters and social media. For advice on successful communication, go to

planned, you may just be adding some fi nishing touches, but if you’re thinking of running one next year then it’s never too early to start planning, especially if you’re planning to use an external supplier, who you’ll need to book at least a year in advance. Find a supplier at There’s a lot to think about when running a fi reworks event, so why not scope out local displays for inspiration – what do they charge? What side stalls do they have? How long does it last? Suppliers will have their own insurance to cover accidents or injuries, but your PTA insurance should cover the overall event, so check for any stipulations with your provider.


Foodie fundraising With Great British Bake Off back

on our screens this autumn, as well as National Baking Week taking place (15-21 October), why not take advantage of the ensuing baking fever by organising a bake off for pupils and parents? Or simply run an after-school cake sale – turn to p31 for inspiration. For those with a more savoury tooth, it’s National Curry Week from 9 to 15 October – turn to p7 to fi nd out how one PTA turned our penchant for a Saturday night takeaway into a PTA profi t-booster! Other popular foodie-based fundraisers include school cookery books, an international food festival or a pop-up restaurant – visit for ideas.

58 AUTUMN 2018

Win prizes for your school Don’t forget to enter our Giveaways

(see p11) for your chance to win a fabulous prize for your school! This term we have over £1,900-worth of prizes to give away, and it couldn’t

be easier to enter. And the more people that enter, the bigger and better the prizes we can entice from suppliers! The deadline for entries for this issue’s Giveaways is 7 October. So what are you waiting for?

PTA+ online

For more tips on managing your PTA – from banking and AGMs to succession planning, go to


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