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MANAGING YOUR PTA – Class reps


Having PTA representatives for each class is an ideal way to engage parents, boost support and share the workload


P


eople power oils the wheels of the PTA, yet a lack of helpers is usually one of the biggest challenges facing the


committee. Whether it’s securing and maintaining parental support for fundraising projects, getting your messages out or planning who’s going to take over as chair, we’re all familiar with the challenges a shortage of volunteers brings. All


this can change by harnessing the potential of class (or year) reps. A visible point of contact between


the school, parents and PTA, class reps help disseminate information to their groups, freeing up the rest of the committee for other tasks. While it’s near impossible for committee members to know all the parents at your school, reps give parents a point of contact with a familiar face.


CLASS REPSA guide to...


PTAs can often be perceived


as being distant and cliquey, so appointing multiple representatives across the school could help parents feel closer to the committee and more likely to support its decisions. Through the class rep system, committees can understand more about each year group, making for more thorough and well-rounded decisions. Getting more parents involved is a great way to spread the workload and provide a strong support structure for the core committee. And when it comes to succession planning, this increased involvement gives you a broader pool of possible candidates.


Recruiting reps If you’re struggling to get volunteers


in the first place, recruiting class reps may seem an impossible task, but different commitments appeal to different people. It’s often the responsibility and time investment


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