National PTA Week to celebrate pandemic innovations amid fundraising shortfall fears

The innovative and inspirational work of PTAs during the pandemic is to be celebrated during the inaugural National PTA Week in June.

It is being organised by national charity Parentkind and comes after a challenging year for PTA fundraising, in which many events were cancelled or “reimagined” due to Covid-19.

In 2019, Parentkind’s 13,000 or so PTA members raised around £121m for schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with much of this money channeled directly to the front-line – funding classroom resources.

However, last year it warned that PTAs were predicting a 35 per cent loss in income in 2020 due to Covid, which would leave a “black hole” of as much as £42m.

In 2019, the most popular PTA events were summer and Christmas fairs as well as bonfire night events and activities like quiz and film evenings. It is easy to see how the pandemic will have devastated programmes.

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