National PTA Week and Awards will return for a second year between 20 – 24 June 2022.
Contributing £121 million towards our school economies in 2019, PTAs were hard hit during the pandemic raising only £79.5 million in 2020, and 2021 figures are set to be bleak too.
Founders Parentkind say the awards offer “recognition and a welcome cash boost to local PTA fundraising”
PTAs were forced to find new ways to raise much needed funds around lockdowns, social distancing and event cancellations. With cost of living challenges hitting families hard, fundraising challenges look set to continue.
There are six award categories for PTAs to apply for, including Community Initiative of the Year, New PTA of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, that will for the first time offer both a Primary and Secondary school PTA winner an award and £250 cash prize. All applications will be automatically entered and judged for the pinnacle National PTA of the Year award, which will give one PTA £1,000 towards their fundraising. Applications close at midnight on Sunday 5 June 2022.
John Jolly, the CEO of Parentkind, says, “PTAs and the parent volunteers that they are made up from are vital to our school communities, whether that be through financial support or the way they bring their community together. Both provide a more positive experience for all children. PTAs have persevered through these challenging times and continue to do the utmost for their schools but we know that, despite these efforts, they have been unable to offer the same level of support as they did pre-pandemic. We want to ensure that PTAs are recognised and rewarded for the contributions they make to our children’s educational experience. We are inspired by their dedication and resilience, and we want to ensure that their good work continues and they have sufficient support to do so.”
Nominations close at midnight on Sunday 5 June. Nominate your PTA here: https://www.parentkind.org.uk/national-pta-awards