The primary functions of a parent teacher association (PTA) will vary from school to school, but in general they will be to advance the education of pupils.
This is normally achieved by:
promoting a co-operative partnership between the governing body, staff, parents and others associated with the school
engaging in activities, often of a social nature, that will provide facilities or equipment that support the school.
The keys to success for any PTA are an effective committee and a positive working relationship with the Head.
It is important to differentiate between a PTA and Friends, Parents or Home-School Associations. These have different memberships to a PTA but their functions and charitable objectives are broadly similar, although there is usually a greater emphasis on fundraising.
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