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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Leaflets
  • Laws and Policies for Families and Schools
  • Guidelines for Bouncy Castles & Inflatables
  • Safety at Fundraising Events
  • A Simple Guide to Risk Assessment for Parent Councils and PTAs
  • Membership-linked Insurance Information for Connect Members
  • Thinking About Becoming a Charity?
  • 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 teenagers help at our after-school football club?
  • Can we use another organisation’s charity number?
  • Why do we have to hold an Annual General Meeting?
  • What information should we keep confidential?
  • Can our Parent Council be a registered charity?
  • Do we need a copyright licence to play music at our school events?
  • 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?
  • Does our insurance cover us for damage to hired items?
  • 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?
  • Does our insurance cover us to employ someone for odd jobs?
  • Would our all risks insurance cover other groups wishing to borrow our equipment?
  • Resources
  • Guidelines for the Parent Council/PTA Treasurer
  • Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 Guidance and Duties for Local Authorities, Schools and Parent Councils
  • Risk Assessment Policy Template for Parent Councils and PTAs
  • A Simple Guide to Equality and Fairness
  • Equality and Fairness Policy Template
  • A Model Constitution for Parent Councils (Who Want to Become a Charity)
  • Parent Council Health Check - Money Matters
  • A Guide to Data Protection
  • Data Protection Policy Template
  • 3* Membership Insurance
  • 4* Membership Insurance
  • Extended Public Liability Record Form
  • 4* Membership PVG letter
  • Questionnaire for activity clubs and groups
  • An at-a-glance table of Connect Membership Insurance cover 1* to 4*
  • Employers' Liability Insurance Certificate
  • Connect Group Insurance Upgrade from 3* to 4* 2017-2018
  • Will the disco DJ be covered by our Connect Membership insurance?
  • Useful Links
  • Prince’s Trust Community Cash Awards
  • Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (ASNTS)
  • Leaflets
  • Guidelines for Bouncy Castles & Inflatables
  • Fundraising Ideas for Parent Councils and PTAs
  • 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 from Parents Councils and PTAs
  • A Simple Guide to Risk Assessment for Parent Councils and PTAs
  • Running a Disco - Advice on Safe Practice
  • Guidelines for Bouncy Castles/Inflatables
  • Guidelines for Pony Rides
  • Membership-linked Insurance Information for Connect Members
  • 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
  • Will the disco DJ be covered by our Connect Membership insurance?
  • FAQs
  • 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?
  • FAQs
  • Does a member of the PC/PTA have to be present in the hall during after-school club sessions?
  • Do we need a food hygiene certificate for a barbecue?
  • 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?
  • Leaflets
  • Fundraising Ideas for Parent Councils and PTAs
  • 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 from Parents Councils and PTAs
  • A Simple Guide to Risk Assessment for Parent Councils and PTAs
  • Running a Disco - Advice on Safe Practice
  • Guidelines for Bouncy Castles/Inflatables
  • Guidelines for Pony Rides
  • 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
  • Will the disco DJ be covered by our Connect Membership insurance?