Working mothers now too busy to join parent teacher associations, leading headmistress says

Over the past two decades, there has been a steady decline in attendance of PTA meetings and this is partly down to more women having high-flying careers, according to Sue Hincks who head of Bolton School Girls’ Division. The Telegraph reports

Miss Hincks, who is president of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA), said that over the past 20 years, she has watched as PTA numbers decline.

“I don’t mean to criticise parents,” she told The Telegraph. “We are all working so hard. But there is a question about how we manage our resources and our time.

Speaking to headteachers today [MON] at the GSA annual conference in Bristol, she will say: “How many of you have parents too busy to join your Parents’ Association?

“Or, in day schools, how many of you experience a demand for care between 7am and up to 7pm because those are the times between which adults need to work or be en route to and from work?  

“Or, in nurseries which you run, who has had a request for Saturday and even Sunday opening because parents need that time for work or domestic chores?”

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  1. RLJ

    And what about working fathers? Have these increased or decreased? And what about the positive impact that hard working mothers have on their children, specially their daughters? I think it is a shame women are, once again, blamed for the decrease in parent representation. Most of all, I find it really worrying that a Head Teacher leading an all girls schools comes up with such a sexist comment.

  2. Maybe if they sent their children to the local state school they would not need to work quite such long hours to pay for the school fees and so could spend more time with their children? And that applies equally to dads and mums. Then you could have a genuine local community working, learning and living together. Imagine that!

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