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Chief Executive Officer Parentkind

Are you an entrepreneurial and progressive leader who is motivated to improve the life chances of children, young people and their communities? If you want to make a mark and help us amplify our reach and impact, then read on to learn about one of the most exciting leadership opportunities in the charity sector.

  • Location: Flexible base with national travel including London and to the Head Office in Kent
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 19th September 2022

Parentkind‘s purpose is simple, we exist to empower all with parental or educational responsibility to improve the life chances of children, young people, and their communities. We represent over 12,500 Parent Teacher Associations (our members) across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and help them raise over £120+ million per year. We influence senior education policy makers and undertake research on parental participation in education.

The impact we have is significant but there is huge scope to do more, and we are poised and ready to scale. We want to grow our membership, focusing on diverse and inclusive recruitment, retention and developing our offer. In tandem we want to build our influence as the representative voice in advocating for parent’s, guardians and carers participation in education.

Our new three-year strategy provides a focused platform to do this. It will enable us to significantly scale and grow our reach and impact even further and we are now looking for an energetic and entrepreneurial leader to work with our capable team and board to deliver on our further potential.

This is an immensely exciting opportunity where you will have the chance to lead this national charity to achieve even greater impact.

We are looking for a driven and versatile leader who in the short and medium term will translate our strategy into impactful delivery, and beyond this can horizon scan, be alert to and seize future opportunities. You will bring the commercial skillset to drive the development of our membership offer, and significantly grow recruitment of new members, embed retention and shape our offer. Alongside this you will bring the credibility and networks to successfully influence at a policy level and in the media and be an activator and enabler for our team to realise our strategic aims.

This is your opportunity and ours to create a real difference for future generations. If you share our passion, values and ambitions we’d love to hear from you.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk  | 0777 290 2071

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Welcome

Dear Candidate,

We are so excited that you are looking at the work of Parentkind and are considering joining us.

We make no apologies for being biased, but we think we have one of the most exciting and entrepreneurial opportunities in the charity sector at the moment. For the right candidate, this offers a real opportunity to make your mark, and we really hope that you share our vision and enthusiasm to extend our reach and impact.

Our purpose is simple, we exist to empower all with parental or educational responsibility to improve the life chances of children, young people, and their communities; a strong mandate that talks directly to the levelling up agenda, that will achieve a huge amount of good for forthcoming generations, families and UK society.

Why? Because the evidence is clear that parental participation in education benefits children in schools and society as a whole and increases the opportunities for social mobility for our younger generations. When those with parental responsibility are effectively represented in education, young people achieve an average of two grades higher and are more engaged in their schooling.

The impact you can help us make is massive!

Our reach, as the representative voice of parents, guardians and carers with educational responsibility, alongside our network of over 12,500 Parent Teacher Associations across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland is huge. These PTAs are supported to raise a staggering £122 million per year for their schools, and the charity has huge ambitions to grow the number of PTAs across the UK. Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of the growth, supporting them to collectively raise a quarter of a billion to directly impact the young people in their schools.

We have a strong, three-year strategy that is very focussed and achievable and provides a clear platform to grow our reach and impact even further. This is supported by a great staff team, a competent and collegiate trustee team and relatively robust financial stability, so we are truly poised for a significant scale up.

This is a great time to join Parentkind and help parents create a real difference for future generations. If you share our passion, values and ambition, have great leadership skills that can motivate and support a team to deliver our strategy, can think creatively about how to best deliver and can articulate and advocate across stakeholders on behalf of the charity, we would love to hear from you.

Alex Peace-Gadsby OBE
Chair

About Parentkind

Parentkind exists to empower all with parental or educational responsibility to improve the life chances of children, young people, and their communities.

Parentkind is a national charity (turnover c.£1.5m) which represents over 12,500 Parent Teacher Associations across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. These PTAs are supported to raise a staggering £122 million per year for their schools (£80 million during Covid) and the charity has huge ambitions to grow the number of PTAs across the UK and support them to collectively raise a quarter of a billion to directly impact the young people in their schools.

It is the 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. Our growth ambitions and continued improvement of the membership offer continue to put membership at the heart of the organisation.

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

The charity is the representative voice of parents, guardians and carers with educational responsibility and has been a go-to source for government and other key educational stakeholders, including during the Covid-19 pandemic where we collated and represented parents’ views on diverse topics such as mask-wearing in school and pupils sitting exams.

We champion the role of those with parental responsibility in their child’s education through our research and by influencing senior education policymakers and legislators such as MPs, education unions and government officials. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a measurable impact on our children and young people and their education. It has also changed the relationships between schools and homes. Moving forward, Parentkind is uniquely positioned to represent the voice of parents and carers at local, national and government level.

While the turnover of the charity is lean at the centre, the impact of the charity is significantly large, and our work ensures parent and carer voices are heard at a local, regional, and national level. The evidence is clear that parental participation in education benefits children in schools and society as a whole and increases the opportunities for social mobility for our younger generations.

The Trustees and the Parentkind team have collaborated to create a new strategy with a focus on our four strategic pillars – Growth, Inclusivity, Credibility and Collaboration.

Please read the internal strategy document which we hope will excite you about the direction of our work.

Parentkind currently supports 12,500 PTAs in schools. Our ambition is to increase this number significantly and to work in partnership to ensure parental participation is fully diverse and inclusive. We will actively ensure that schools in under-represented communities are part of our membership and have access to third-party funding. We want to ensure we are active across all geographical areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and that our support and communications are inclusive and resonate with all who have parental responsibility.

During the last two years, we have been more active than ever in the media and have built a reputation as a credible voice within the Department for Education and equivalents across the nation.

We now want to build on this to be a thought leader; gathering compelling research and ensuring we spread our message of parental participation and its benefits.

We will also continue to empower PTAs to promote their positive outcomes and inspire parents and educators locally and nationally.

The organisation lives its values through the culture and will want the CEO to share these values. Our values are that we are:

Brave

Informed

Co-operative

Entrepreneurial

Progressive

See the strategy document for more information on how these values are defined

The organisation has an office in Tonbridge but has adapted successfully to a blended working from home approach. There are 31 employees at present.

Historical perspective

The Parentkind journey started in 1956 by a group of pioneer parents who were passionate about parent involvement in their child’s learning but felt that they needed a voice at national as well as local level. Therefore, from PTAs on the ground forming regional federations, the National Association of PTAs was born.

Nicholas Gillet was the first chair of the National Council of Parent Teacher Associations (NCPTA), as it was then called, and his vision was that parents should not only have a local role and a voice in their child’s school but also at a national level in education policy.

Moving forward

Today, family life is very different to 65 years ago and so is the education system. We have many different types of family structures and circumstances (for example, the nuclear family, single parents, or two working parents, LGBTQ+ families), much more diverse community support and a multitude of care arrangements for children around school. However, the vision remains the same; those with parental responsibility should not only have a local role and a voice in their child’s school but also at a national level in education policy.

Accessibility

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, accessible workstations (e.g. desk, office), and step-free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for an interview.
  • Working patterns / working locations can be adjusted.
  • Remote working offered
  • Disability access to work support provided

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk  | 0777 290 2071

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 19th September 2022
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 23rd September 2022
    First Stage Interviews: Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th September 2022 (virtual)
    Second Stage Interviews: Friday 7th October 2022 (in person)

     

     

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