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.

Some schools will have a friends, parent or home-school association. These have different memberships to a PTA but their functions and charitable objectives are broadly similar.

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