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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 In an interview with ITV News


ith so few pupils in attendance and no external visitors to fund, you might think that


schools have saved money since lockdown. But, according to a survey by the National Association of Head Teachers, English schools are, on average, £25,000 down after coping with the costs of coronavirus, with lost income accounting for around £15,000 and additional costs the rest.


12 AUTUMN 2020 pta.co.uk


at the end of the school year, Simon Kidwell, headteacher of Hartford Manor Primary School in Cheshire told how his school had spent £16,000 to keep the children clean, safe and secure. Adding in losses from cancelled nursery and pre- and after- school classes, the school is £50,000 down in total. Hartford Manor PTA chair


SKY HIGH Read about


Hartford Manor’s virtual balloon race fundraiser on p43


Michelle Bebbington told us: ‘Our fundraising total was just below £10,000 before lockdown and we were on course to hit our £20,000 target. As the schools closed, we made a conscious decision as a PTA to put fundraising on hold. Towards the end of the summer term we were able to hold some virtual quizzes, an online group challenge and a virtual balloon race event. In total, we raised around £13,000 for the year.’ At Ann Edwards CofE Primary in South Cerney, Cirencester, school business manager Kevin Parker has been investing heavily in cleaning materials, PPE, resources and signage. ‘We certainly haven’t viewed this time as an opportunity to


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