What is the PTA?
As a parent/carer of a student at Brannel School you are automatically a member of our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) – Friends of Brannel School.
The role of our PTA is to encourage closer links between home and school. Fundraising events provide a fantastic opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together.
An annual general meeting (AGM) is held at the start of the school year in September. At this meeting a committee is elected to run the PTA – usually consisting of a chair, a vice-chair, a treasurer, a publicity officer, a secretary and ordinary committee members.
We want representation across all year groups. New parents to the school will be warmly welcomed.
The PTA committee usually meets once a term and sets up smaller working groups to organise individual events such as the Christmas Fayre and JulyFest.
Can I get involved if I am not on the PTA Committee?
If you are not able to commit to a role on the committee, there are many different ways you can help with the PTA – whether you have lots of time to offer or not. We are always looking for extra pairs of hands to help with:
•Land Based Operations
•Big Spring Quiz
•Year 11 School Prom
If you are interested in a role on our PTA committee or can offer us some of your time to help with events, please email us with your name and contact details. We will get back to you with more information.
Please add ‘PTA’ to the email subject box
DBS Checks for Volunteers
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are now called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Simply having contact with children does not in itself create a need for a check.
As a school volunteer, whether you are required to have a DBS check or not depends on:
1.whether you will be working under supervision
2.how often you will be volunteering
3.whether you will have ‘regulated activity’ with a child (see below)
If you are asked to apply for a DBS check, you will be required to complete an online application form and provide original documents (not copies) to prove your identity. There is no cost to you as applicant; the school meets the cost of the administration fee for checking volunteers.
Working under Supervision
If you will have unsupervised contact with children for any period of time you will be required to have your name checked against the barred list to make sure you haven’t been banned from working with young people or children.
Schools are not allowed to check supervised volunteers against the barred list and there is no duty for an Enhanced DBS check to be obtained for them – although schools may choose to request one as they judge necessary.
Volunteering on a Regular Basis
You will be expected to agree to an enhanced DBS check if you will be volunteering at the school once a week or more, on 4 days within any 30 day period, or overnight.
For one-off events (e.g. a fete, disco, school trip) DBS checks are undertaken at the discretion of the headteacher.
There are some exceptions where, regardless of regularity, you will have to have an enhanced DBS check and the barred list should be consulted. These include, if you will be helping an ill or disabled child eat or drink, go to the toilet, wash or dress and if you will be providing health care to children.
Volunteers who will be communicating with children by telephone or internet on a regular basis will also need these in-depth checks.
Involvement in ‘Regulated Activity’
A volunteer is required to have a DBS check if they will be partaking in regulated activity – even if a parent or guardian is present at all times. The government defines regulated activity using the following examples:
•Teaching, training or instruction of children, carried out by the same person frequently.
•Care or supervision of children if carried out by the same person frequently, or if the following is only done once:
◦Relevant personal care.
◦Physical help with eating or drinking due to illness or disability.
◦Physical help with toileting, washing, bathing or dressing.
•Day-to-day management of people doing the above jobs.
•All forms of health care relating to physical or mental health.
•Advice or guidance provided wholly or mainly for children relating to their physical, emotional or educational wellbeing if carried out by the same person frequently.
•Moderating a public electronic interactive communication service likely to be used wholly or mainly by children, carried out by the same person frequently.
•Driving a vehicle being used only for conveying children and carers or supervisors.
•Early years or later years child-minding
Final decision is at the discretion of the Headteacher
We want to avoid unnecessary and inappropriate DBS checks which can be a barrier to volunteering. Each volunteer role is therefore assessed on its own merits and we will only apply for a DBS check if the job or role is eligible for one.
The decision to request an Enhanced DBS check for any volunteer is made by the head teacher based on consideration of the following:
•The duration, frequency and nature of contact with children.
•What the school knows about the volunteer, including formal or informal information offered by staff, parents or other volunteers.
•Whether the volunteer is well known to others in the school or community who are likely to be aware of behaviour that could give cause for concern.
•Whether the volunteer has other employment, or undertakes voluntary activities where referees would advise suitability.
•Any other relevant information about the volunteer or the work they are likely to do.
We will always tell the applicant why they are being checked and where they can get independent advice.