PTA returns to Education Show

The national PTA-UK Conference returns to the Education Show with a one-day programme on March 22 at the NEC, Birmingham

Following a successful first year at the show in 2013, PTA-UK is back to take advantage of the Education Show’s specialist help and support, and the chance to meet a range of relevant suppliers.

As an effective fundraising source, schools continue to place high value on their PTAs. Not only do members of PTA-UK raise more than £100 million a year to support learning, they also host events which help support a school community and actively help parents become more involved in their children’s education.

The national PTA-UK conference is free to attend and designed as an inclusive place where PTA members from across the country can network, ask questions and learn from each other’s experiences. It is aimed at both experienced and new PTA volunteers; parents and teachers looking to start a PTA can also attend.

For 2014, the conference theme is ‘Achieve More’. The programme will include a mix of key PTA topics, which will support delegates in maximising fundraising efforts to include Gift Aid, finding the most effective ways of promoting a PTA, use of digital media, overcoming common problems, discovering better ways of working, and sharing new fundraising ideas.

Jane Galbraith, PTA-UK membership development manager comments: “Holding our annual conference at the Education Show is perfect for our members. We took on board feedback from last year’s conference delegates and we’ve structured the 2014 programme to enable PTA volunteers to have more time visiting the exhibition. As well as having the spending power, PTAs are great influencers too and in some cases will help make the final decision on what the school purchases. We’re looking forward to another great event!”

Anita Pal, event director, i2i Events Group adds: “We are extremely excited about the PTA-UK conference returning for its second year at the Education Show. We believe that the valued role of PTAs should not go unnoticed, and it is important that their work is supported by schools throughout the UK.

“We are dedicated to providing educators with practical and engaging content at the show, along with professional training, advice and useful resources. Working with PTA-UK and hosting its national conference is an example of this; we want our visitors to engage with this inspiring charity that is committed toserving schools andadvancing education.”

Alongside the series of seminars, delegates will also have the chance to interact with and benefit from the Education Show’s 350+ specialist educational suppliers. With intricate knowledge of the sector, each one is on hand to discuss how they can support the work and fundraising efforts of PTAs, as well as demonstrate their resources. PTA-UK will be compiling a trail leading PTAs to those must-see suppliers, to help members make the most of their visit and enjoy a number of exclusive offers.

To find out more about the conference, please visit www.pta.org.uk.

The Education Show 2014 takes place from 20 to 22 March 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.education-show.com.

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