With a new Chair, an exciting new three-year strategy in place and a charity poised for scaling up, this is great time to join the board of Parentkind and help create a real difference for future generations. 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. We are seeking passionate Trustees from diverse backgrounds to join us in our valuable work because research shows that when parents and carers are effectively represented in education then young people achieve higher grades and are more engaged in their schooling.
Parentkind is a 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.
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.
As we enter an exciting phase of Parentkind’s history, we are looking to appoint a new Treasurer to chair our Money & Risk sub-committee and two new Trustees to come on board.
For the Treasurer, we are looking for a financially qualified professional with an understanding of the charity sector.
For our new Trustees, given we are looking to grow our membership we are keen to have a membership professional who has experience in growing, retaining, engaging, and motivating membership.
In line with our new strategy, we are looking for one of our new Trustees to bring experience in policy influencing and public relations to help us ensure the voice of those with a parenting role is heard.
We provide training and support and encourage first-time Trustees to apply. We value inclusivity and actively encourage people from all backgrounds and cultures to apply.
We have four main board meetings a year held in central London, and three sub-committees (People & Governance, Impact and Money & Risk), Trustees are expected to serve on one subcommittee. We have an annual strategy away day once a year. Currently, we are moving toward having our sub-committees take place on the same day as the board meetings.
As a national charity, Parentkind gives those with a parenting role a voice in education. Parentkind has a membership base of Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) and is also a credible voice representing parents and carers in education.
We invest substantial resources and research into representing those with parental responsibilities views on their child’s learning to local, regional, and national governments and agencies because evidence demonstrates that parental participation in education benefits all children in all schools and society as a whole.
Parentkind is the network of PTA fundraisers in the UK. We bring specialist fundraising support and advice to parent volunteers so that every school can benefit from a successful PTA. Our 12,500 PTA members raise £122 million per year, placing us alongside some of the largest charities in the UK. We have an ambitious growth target to increase the number of schools with PTAs within membership.
The organisation lives its values through the culture and will expect Trustees to do the same. Our values are that we are:
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 30 employees at present.
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.
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. Parentkind exists to empower all with parental or educational responsibility to improve the life chances of children, young people, and their communities.
Parentkind 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.
This is an exciting time to join Parentkind as a Trustee and we look forward to receiving your application.
Thank you for your interest in this role.
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Closing date: Monday 6th June 2022
Shortlisting: Tuesday 14th June 2022
Interviews: Wednesday 22nd June – 9-1 p.m. Thursday 23rd June 2022
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