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Chair | Parentkind

Parents must have a voice in education. Our next Chair will be ambitious for the parents we represent, take their voice and turn it into impact. Leading strategy, embracing change and driving innovation are all at the heart of this role.

  • Location: Kent, meetings in Central London
  • Salary: Unremunerated (reasonable expenses included)

About Parentkind

Parentkind is a charity (turnover is c.£1.5m) that represents the voice of parents, guardians, carers and over 13,000 Parent Teacher Associations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Parentkind exists to support more parents to engage in more schools in more ways to benefit as many children as possible. We believe that when parents and carers are involved in their children’s education, it has the greatest impact on not just results, but on their children’s self-esteem, confidence and enthusiasm for learning.

In 2018, we changed our name from PTA UK to Parentkind to reflect and embrace the full range of parents and carers. We champion the role of parents in their child’s education through our research and by influencing senior education policy makers and legislators such as MPs and government officials.

Next year we begin our new five-year strategy. Our Chair will lead the board to help make our new aspirations our future reality. This means embracing new ideas, trialling innovation and, in some ways, changing the way we work.

With the COVID-19 pandemic having an ever increasing impact on our children and young people and their ability to learn – as well as on schools, homes and the relationships between these two – we have never had more of an opportunity to represent the voice of parents at government level. We have launched surveys in this time and gathered the opinions and thoughts of over 250,000 parents in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. With this data we can finally realise our ambition to be the true voice of parents. This is a wonderful time to join us.

Who we're looking for

Our new Chair will appreciate the role of the parent in education. They will bring experience of developing and overseeing the implementation of organisational strategies and influencing external stakeholders. The external role is critical in helping Parentkind achieve its ambitions and you will be comfortable working with government representatives, schools and other partners in leadership roles.

We must continue to develop our brand, presence and impact to lead with authenticity. You will join a highly skilled board of Trustees who bring experience from all walks of life and are passionate about ensuring the voice of parents is more influential in the education sector.

We are passionate about diversity and are committed to our board reflecting our society and the full range of parents and carers. With this in mind, we are keen to encourage people from a wide variety of backgrounds with different experiences to come forward. We would also very much welcome applications from people who are looking to be a first time Chair.

More information

The board meets five times a year usually in Central London plus a yearly strategy away day in Tonbridge. All meetings will be virtual for the foreseeable future. The term of office for Chair is two years. The time commitment for Chair is expected to be 1-2 days per month made up of meetings and other prep/phone/email work.

If you are excited by the opportunity to help amplify the voice of parents, we would love to hear from you.

For further information about the roles, or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact the executive search team at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 2nd November 2020

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The leading membership organisation for parent teacher associations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

We want more parents involved and engaged in their child’s education, and in more ways at home and at school.

We are working towards a future where this is considered an essential ingredient in the success of our children’s education by society, schools and parents themselves by:

  • Engaging and inspiring individual parents
  • Championing parents’ role in education and school life to education sector interests and policy makers.
  • Supporting our PTA and other member associations
  • Helping schools be parent-friendly through guidance and training
  • Working with partners.

We are proud to be the leading membership organisation for parent teacher associations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our member associations (PTAs, PTFAs, Friends Associations, Home School Associations, Parent Councils, Parent Forums to name a few) come in all shapes and sizes, so Parentkind seeks to represent all these parent groups as they strive to help every child in their school.

As well as helping parent groups on the ground, we provide resources to support parent participation in education at school and at home so that every child can thrive and reach their potential.

Blueprint for Parent-Friendly Schools

What is the Blueprint?

Parentkind wants all schools to harness the power of parents so they can supercharge the education of every child. Many parents and educators want this too. With that end in mind, we have scoured all the available evidence and best practice to build a blueprint to help all schools be as parent-friendly as possible. We will use it to support schools to develop the culture and practices where all parents are partners, playing an active role in their child’s school life.

Why is the Blueprint needed?

Although the principle of engaging and involving parents in education is widely accepted, the discourse and available research tends to be piecemeal and fragmented. Ensuring all parents and carers take an active role is not easy. Indeed, there are a number of existing and growing barriers to carers and schools working well together.

That’s why Parentkind has developed a fully-rounded model that schools can use that reflects these challenges.

How to build effective home-school partnerships

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If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

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Closing date: 9am, Monday 2nd November 2020
Interviews: TBC

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