Urned autonomy

6th December 2002 at 00:00
Joan Dalton finds fulfilment on tea duty

The chair of our parent-teacher association is standing down this term after nine years.

She has organised Christmas and summer fairs, aromatherapy evenings, beetle drives, discos and carol-singing tours of the village. She has sold truckloads of Christmas cards and thousands of raffle tickets, spent hours cutting coupons off crisp packets and run the school shop selling new and second-hand uniforms.

Her reward for all this hard work is enormous gratitude from the staff, parents and children and real, tangible improvements to the school's resources.

In a grossly underfunded education authority like ours, the PTA's contributions of books, computers, outdoor play equipment and much more is really invaluable.

And what have I achieved as chair of governors in the same time? Well, I have appointed two excellent heads, acted as their confidante and adviser, soothed irate parents, served on teacher appointment panels, analysed budgets, helped draft policies and encouraged fellow governors to develop their skills and take responsibilities.

I read the innumerable documents I receive, keep up-to-date with educational developments, attend briefings and training courses.

I am a good governor.

So why do I feel most useful behind the tea urn at the PTA Christmas fair?

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now