One of the biggest challenges for parents is getting involved in the community that is their children’s school. It’s not that they don’t want to, but it’s a big commitment to be a part of a PTA or school governing body, and with jobs and houses and children to manage, one more thing to do can be overwhelming. However, every school does need a parent governing body to be able to allow parents to have a say in the education of their children. The good bit here is that the kids love it when their parents get involved in school life, especially children of primary school age.
The relationship between parents and school staff is so important for cultivating open lines of communication, and public schools are always clamouring for parents to do more and help more, because schools are strapped for cash. Teachers and head teachers will generally always welcome parents wanting to be involved in school life, and here are five ways that you can do that.
PTA. The parent-teacher association is there to arrange fundraising events and seasonal events for pupils of the school, while raising awareness about the school to the community and organising the kids. Getting involved in this gives you an active voice and a chance to have an input.
Volunteering. With such a strain on school budgets, volunteers are always appreciated in the classroom and in the playgrounds during after-school classes and clubs. If you are able to volunteer in your child’s classroom, your school would really appreciate your help. Put yourself forward to them and get started when they need you.
Special Events. Many schools gain some PR by competing in charity challenges, allowing you to raise money for the school or for a charity of your choice. You can use the local newspaper and radio to raise awareness for what you are doing, and rope in the teachers to be sponsored by the kids on their adventure.
School Trips. Most school trips end up cancelled before they’ve been advertised because there just isn’t enough staff to accompany students. The trips outside the classroom are just as vital to the education of your children as any of the lessons inside, so where you can, volunteer your time to help chaperone the trips and more children will get to go.
Social Events. Schools up and down the country like to host Christmas balls or prom nights. If you are working and stretched for time, you could volunteer your services as a chaperone for these twice a year events. You can be stretched for time and still help in a small way and schools won’t forget your input.
Finding the time to get involved in the school you have chosen for your children is so important for your relationship with the place that you’ve put your faith into for their education. Don’t be put off by what they ask of you, either. It’s all in a good cause!
Beth is a 30-something, self-employed Mum rediscovering her connection to British History and nature. Her loves include the discovery of knowledge, walking in the woods, and writing, among others. Beth is a Virtual Assistant at The Happy VA.