Parent Council/PTA Resources, Advice & Support

Do you need help with setting up or running your Parent Council or Parent Teacher Association? Do you have a question about a club you run or about catering at events? Then you've come to the right place. Connect has a huge library of information leaflets, useful links, Frequently Asked Questions and resources to help you with everything from Protection of Vulnerable Groups checks and child protection to Parent Council/PTA constitutions and much, much more.

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This is a searchable directory of all Connect's resources and leaflets along with useful links and several Frequently Asked Questions. 

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FAQs
  • Do we need background checks (PVGs) on possible members of the Parent Council?
  • Can we use another organisation’s charity number?
  • Should the Parent Council or the school deal with a complaint?
  • Can our Parent Forum be the Parent Council?
  • Who can vote at our AGM?
  • Why do we have to hold an Annual General Meeting?
  • Can we include our nursery on our Parent Council?
  • What is a quorum?
  • What information should we keep confidential?
  • Do we need to hold an AGM/EGM to elect a new chairperson?
  • Do PTAs need to consult the Parent Forum?
  • Do we need a copyright licence to play music at our school events?
  • Leaflets
  • Good Practice for Annual General Meetings
  • Guidelines for the Parent Council/PTA Secretary
  • Guidelines for the Parent Council/PTA Chair
  • Guidelines for the Parent Council/PTA Treasurer
  • Guidelines for Parent Council/PTA Committee Members
  • Handover Checklist for Parent Councils and PTAs
  • Sub-committees - Your Questions Answered
  • A Simple Guide to Risk Assessment for Parent Councils and PTAs
  • Thinking About Becoming a Charity?
  • Connect Membership Leaflet 2018-2019
  • Resources
  • Risk Assessment Policy Template for Parent Councils and PTAs
  • A Model Constitution for Parent Councils (Who Want to Become a Charity)
  • Parent Council Health Check - Committee Business
  • Parent Council Health Check - School Matters and Education
  • Parent Council Health Check - Money Matters
  • Health Check - Independent PTA
  • An at-a-glance table of Connect Membership Insurance cover 2* to 4*
  • Parent Council/PTA Code of Conduct template
  • Leaflets
  • Guidelines for Bouncy Castles & Inflatables
  • Fundraising Ideas for Parent Councils and PTAs
  • Guidelines for the Parent Council/PTA Treasurer
  • Advertising and Sponsorship in Schools - Nine Things to Consider
  • More Ideas for Social and Fundraising Events for Parent Councils and PTAs
  • Social/Fundraising Ideas for the Autumn and Winter for your Parent Council/PTA
  • Social/Fundraising Ideas for the Spring and Summer for your Parent Council/PTA
  • Safety at Fundraising Events
  • Some Golden Rules of Catering for Parents Councils and PTAs
  • A Simple Guide to Risk Assessment for Parent Councils and PTAs
  • Running a Disco - Advice on Safe Practice
  • Guidelines for Pony Rides
  • Membership-linked Insurance Information for Connect Members
  • FAQs
  • Does a member of the PC/PTA have to be present in the hall during after-school club sessions?
  • FAQs about easyfundraising
  • Do we need a food hygiene certificate for a barbecue?
  • Can we sell home-made cakes or are we restricted by food safety regulations?
  • Our Parent Council coordinates and manages clubs – are we classed as employers?
  • We’re planning to release sky lanterns (Chinese lanterns) at our event: does our insurance cover us?
  • We are holding a fundraising car wash – will our insurance cover damage to the cars?
  • Can we include stallholders in our insurance?
  • Can you tell us who holds ultimate responsibility for an event?
  • Does our Connect insurance cover us for a car boot sale?
  • Do we need insurance for pony rides at our summer fete?
  • Do health and safety regulations stop us accepting food for PC/PTA events?
  • Does our Public Liability Insurance cover children for injury on bouncy castles?
  • Would our all risks insurance cover other groups wishing to borrow our equipment?
  • Resources
  • Top Tips for Planning your Parent Council/PTA Event
  • Risk Assessment Policy Template for Parent Councils and PTAs
  • Parent Council Health Check - Social Events
  • Parent Council Health Check - Money Matters
  • Extended Public Liability Record Form
  • Will the disco DJ be covered by our Connect Membership insurance?
  • Useful Links
  • Prince’s Trust Community Cash Awards
  • Funding Scotland
  • National Lottery Awards for All Scotland