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Voluntary Work in Schools

By: Maggie Lonsdale BA (hons) - Updated: 22 Apr 2019 | comments*Discuss
 
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The vast majority of schools appreciate voluntary help. Voluntary work in schools can come in many forms, from relatively ‘official’ posts such as school Governors, to more ‘informal’ positions like helping young children with reading on an ad hoc basis.

DBS Checks

Anyone that works with children in any capacity is now required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), check. Of course, the vast majority of people that are required to complete this check are more than happy to comply with such an important regulation. The DBS check determines you have not had any criminal charges against you, especially those which relate to children, and is a Government programme to support agencies and businesses that are there for the benefit of children and young people.

Voluntary Learning Support Assistant

Some big schools, especially those with a large number of children with learning difficulties or many children for whom English is not their first language, have voluntary learning support assistants that work in the classroom, usually on a very part time basis. Usually, but not always, these volunteers are the mothers or fathers of children in the school. Their role will see them helping children to read or prepare for activities, perhaps getting ready for a certain play or school event. As such, many volunteers ‘donate’ two or three hours a week and will do whatever the teacher asks of them. While there is no payment, it can be a great way to gain experience if you are looking to become a paid learning support assistant.

Governors

School Governors are voted in to their position and usually stay for at least one year. It is a very visible voluntary position and is often seen as a ‘strong person in the community’. As such, you may find that the role brings with it extra responsibilities, such as writing or providing references for various parents or children or writing letters of support for funding claims.

Most school Governors have already been PTA (Parent Teacher Association) members at the school, often during times when their children attended the school and becoming Governor later. Such a position can be quite ‘political’ in the sense that other Governors, teachers and parents will have their own views on how things should be done and why, consequently you need to be diplomatic and unflappable to succeed.

PTA Members

Being a member of the Parent Teacher Association at your children’s school is a great way to meet other parents and understand more about the philosophy of the school. There are usually meetings each term and additional requirements for assisting at functions or school events. You will also be expected to attend the AGM. Many people that move to a new area with their children find that joining the PTA helps them to get to know the area and other families far better than simply attending the school, with many stay at home mums and dad eager to utilise their previous experience in marketing, accounting, management or whatever.

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Kel - 22-Apr-19 @ 9:53 AM
Hi, I want to enter into college to study childcare,but want to do voluntary work in any school closer to me. Plesse can you help. Thank you. Dorothy
Dorthy - 14-Apr-19 @ 8:43 AM
Hello there, i am looking for some experience in the classroom, i eould like to volunteer, I am available anytime. Please let me know. many thanks debs
debs - 8-Apr-19 @ 4:31 PM
Hi! I am interested to do voluntary job as teacher assistant or early year assistant.Can you help me to find a job in Leeds. Thanks
SG - 8-Apr-19 @ 10:22 AM
Hi kam from India, now in UK with a Friend in Prestatyn. Ism 49 years old .Has being working as a teacher in India since 1995.Iam interested in volunteer work in special need school or in any school. I am available from Monday to Friday any time. My contact number is 7426756859
Afrin Rahman - 7-Apr-19 @ 10:13 PM
Hello to you all, I am Hellen looking for volunteers who can come and work in a pre-primary school teach learners reading, writing,numeracy work and literacy. If you have volunteers who can work in Uganda East - Africa we shall be humbled to receive them. Thanks alot. Hellen
LENA - 5-Apr-19 @ 4:42 PM
Hello there I would like to do some voluntary work at school .
Sara - 3-Apr-19 @ 12:48 PM
Hi Iam sheethal,Iam interested in volunteering at primary school at Crawley area.I would like to broaden my experience. I have experience of Two years working with children in India.
Anju - 1-Apr-19 @ 12:00 PM
Hye! I am interested to do voluntary job as teacher assistant or early year assistant.Can you help me to find a job in Bedford.
Seema - 29-Mar-19 @ 5:44 PM
Hi i would like to do voluntary work please
Henna - 18-Mar-19 @ 3:43 PM
Hi I am interested doing volunteer work in schools to gain experience. I am currently doing TA Thanks
Mani - 11-Mar-19 @ 7:41 PM
Hi,my name is naffisa. I would like to work in a primary school, as a volunteer. I got level 1 qualifications,and my past experience is over 7years ago. I have applied for my level 3 childcare online.
Naff - 11-Mar-19 @ 5:09 PM
I would like to volunteer to read with children age 4 years old. I live in Thurrock.
Levy - 7-Mar-19 @ 5:11 PM
Hello my name is beant and I would love to volunteer working with children to give back to the community! I work for a agency working with children but I feel with volunteering this could enhance my prospects I would like to become a TA or SENCO eventually and I feel this is a big step and volunteering is very valueable I am 40 years old and have 2 children of my own as well as deaf siblings
Beant - 4-Jan-19 @ 2:41 AM
Hi! I'm a qualified Level 3 TA and currently I'm doing Mentoring Level 1(almost completed). I'm looking for voluntary work in primary school to support children in (ks1 or ks2) with their literacy and numeracy work. I've 300 hours experience in working with children during my placement. I also would like to work with SEN children to enhance my experience. Can you please inform me about any voluntary work in primary schools in B8,B9,B11 areas! Thank you
Nim - 26-Dec-18 @ 5:47 PM
Hello, I am Eman, I am interested in volunteering at primary school in Renfrewshire area (Paisley, Renfrew, Glasgow, etc.) I can speak both Arabic and English; I have experience working with Children at different ages from Nursery to Secondary level. Could you please let me know if there is any opportunity near me. Many thanks Eman
Eman - 17-Dec-18 @ 5:40 PM
Hi i am looking for voluntree work with early year childrens i can speak Punjabi, hindi and English so i like to gain experience so i can help in any area ... thanks
Bal - 13-Dec-18 @ 7:15 AM
Hello. I am retired but very capable. I worked in school for over 20 years as a special needs support worker/TA . I have an NNEB and can use BSL a little. I miss working with children and would like to volunteer for a few hours a week .
Trish - 22-Nov-18 @ 7:23 PM
I am doing Teaching Assistant level 3 therefore I needs to do placement work. I have some past experience as avolunteer Teaching Assistant. I have my Maths,English, ICT and Teaching Assistant level 1.
None - 21-Sep-18 @ 4:05 PM
Hi my name is paige and i am interested in doing volunteer work in schools to build upon my skills and experience that i have had can you please tell me more information Thank you
Paigeey - 20-Sep-18 @ 10:16 PM
Hi, Im looking for a placement working with young children ages 0-8 in the Belfast/Newtownabbey area, as part of my Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies.I current teach 2-11 year old to swim and have a part-time job as a Leisure Assistant/Life Guard. thanks
Emma - 11-Sep-18 @ 11:08 AM
Hi..my name Rabia..I would like to work in primary school as a volunteer especially want to work in nursery I got no experience so i want to learn from this way..thanks
Rabo - 7-Sep-18 @ 11:18 PM
Hello, My name is Amber and would really love to gain experience working with young kids through a primary school. I want to go into teaching and think having this valuable experience would really help towards this in the future. I am 19 years old and living in Wimbledon.
Amber - 3-Sep-18 @ 3:31 PM
Hello, I was wondering what is typically the minimum age for volunteering at a local primary school? Thank you
Sarah - 16-Aug-18 @ 9:59 PM
Hi there, I am from Chile, I am a primary teacher looking for a volunteering job to begin next year (2019). I want to gain experience, improve my english, learn from your schools and be a real contribution to your classrooms.
Florencia Valdes - 20-Jul-18 @ 5:42 PM
Hi I am looking for any Volunteer work within a school environment. In September I will be completing my level 3 qualifications and then going on to get my Bsc and intend to go into teaching Any Volunteer work would aid in my experience and I am willing to help in any area within a school.
Naldi - 7-Jul-18 @ 8:55 PM
Hi there. I am a qualified and 4 years experienced administrator within the office job. Now a mother of 2 kids and looking for the school term time jobs to balance family life. Also working as a volunteer weekend admin assistant at a Jain religious child school in Harrow with DBS check. I would like to gain School admin experience with the training SIMS. Could you please help me with this? Many thanks in advance.
K Vora - 5-Jul-18 @ 10:25 AM
Hi, I am a well-experienced administrator in office work. Now looking for the job in school admin. Would like to gain practical experience in school admin with SIMS. Can you help me to move on?
K Vora - 5-Jul-18 @ 10:16 AM
Parveen- Your Question:
I have some spare time every Monday and very much would like to do voluntary work working with children in schools. I love and get great satisfaction working with children.

Our Response:
You may wish to get in touch with the schools in your locality first, it's always good to go direct. It also means you don't have to travel far. The Do-It site may also have some positions advertised, please see link here .
WorkingWithKids - 15-May-18 @ 10:06 AM
I have some spare time every Monday and very much would like to do voluntary work working with children in schools. I love and get great satisfaction working with children.
Parveen - 14-May-18 @ 11:46 AM
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