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Voluntary Work in Schools

By: Maggie Lonsdale BA (hons) - Updated: 16 Feb 2018 | 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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Hi i have no experience working with children or no qualification but working with children is my dream job i hope i can fulfil it
Sarah - 16-Feb-18 @ 2:26 PM
SHARK78 - Your Question:
I am currently working as a nursery nurse in the borough of Thurrock but I am looking for a work experience place in a school to help me with my current course that I am doing to be a teaching assistant can you recommend in other ways that I might use to help me I have send some e-mails to the local schools but not having much luck. Thanks pauline

Our Response:
Have you tried the Do-It site here? Which may help you to see whether schools are advertising for helpers. Best of luck.
WorkingWithKids - 12-Feb-18 @ 3:42 PM
I am currently working as a nursery nurse in the borough of Thurrock but i am looking for a work experience place in a school to help me with my current course that i am doing to be a teaching assistant can you recommend in other ways that i might use to help me I have send some e-mails to the local schools but not having much luck. Thanks pauline
SHARK78 - 12-Feb-18 @ 1:30 PM
Hello, I am extremely interested in working within SED. One of my goals is to learn sign language. I would be most grateful for the opportunity to support anyone in need of a helping hand through life/education. Kind regards Rushna
Rush - 7-Feb-18 @ 8:40 PM
looking for experience working with children of all ages.
Mel - 6-Feb-18 @ 5:36 PM
Hello, I would like to start volunteering in a primary school to get some experience. so please help me for it.
Zainab - 30-Jan-18 @ 9:55 PM
Hi. I have a qualification in physic and I worked as a teacher for 5 years in my country ( Iraq). My naitive language is kurdish. Now I am studying English in Brighton college . I am seeking and really want to do voulentry work at a school to improve my language and get experience. I lookforward to use my previous teaching experience and get back to my teaching career in the Uk.
shad - 28-Jan-18 @ 11:12 PM
Hello!I am looking for voluntary job to build up my Fuctional Skills for work in school
sadia - 26-Jan-18 @ 11:25 PM
Hello I am looking for volunteering job as a Teaching assistant as I am preparing my course as a Teaching Assistant Level 3 (Special needs). I am Spanish native speaker who holds a Fuctional Skills Level 2 in English and GCSE grade 6 in Maths. Many thanks Lorena
Lorena - 2-Jan-18 @ 3:28 PM
Hi, I am a physical education teacher ( I speak arabic, French and English) and am looking for job or volunteer in primary school near me in Camdenbecause I want to start my PGCE course and I need experience in school. Please if you can help me send me an e-mail. Thanks for your help
JOUDE - 1-Jan-18 @ 11:56 PM
@Ana, I am native Spanish speaking mum looking to volunteer in schools near me, I am based in SE london. How can I apply for your vacancy?
Estre - 9-Dec-17 @ 5:38 PM
Hi, I am qualified teaching assistant, looking for volunteers job in schools, please can anyone help me to find volunteer TA job to gain my experience. Thanks
Kiran - 24-Nov-17 @ 8:55 AM
Hello!I am looking for voluntary job in primary school as teaching assistant to support my Level 3 course to gain work experience Thank you
Steff - 23-Nov-17 @ 8:24 PM
Hi We are a secondary school in Southeast London and we are looking for a Spanish speaking volunteer to practice conversation with 15to 17 years old students. Thank you
Ana - 22-Nov-17 @ 10:05 PM
San - Your Question:
I am a qualified nursery assistant and playgroup supervisor diploma in pre school playgroup practice and a playworker I have a full DBS enhanced check I have worked with children for twelve years. I find working with children very rewarding love reading activities playing all the things that involves working with children tried other jobs they were ok but my hearts desire is to work with children I live in Kidderminster but have a car. Happy to do voluntary work in childcare and really would like it to lead into a job I am really keen

Our Response:
You would have to contact potential employers directly. For voluntary work you can see more via the Do-It link here. Best of luck.
WorkingWithKids - 21-Nov-17 @ 12:41 PM
I am a qualified nursery assistant and playgroup supervisor diploma in pre school playgroup practice and a playworker I have a full DBS enhanced check I have worked with children for twelve years. I find working with children very rewarding love reading activities playing all the things that involves working with children tried other jobs they were ok but my hearts desire is to work with children I live in Kidderminster but have a car. Happy to do voluntary work in childcare and really would like it to lead into a job I am really keen
San - 17-Nov-17 @ 2:23 PM
I would like more information on this please
Rachel speechley - 11-Oct-17 @ 9:28 AM
LynGod - Your Question:
Hi there.I need to do do a voluntary placement as part of my course - Level 2 working with children and young people workforce. I am a mature student and would like the placement on a Friday either in a private or school nursery. This will be until next July. I am hardworking, tolerant and patient.Thankyou,Lynne

Our Response:
You would have to apply directly to schools in yor area or via the likes of Do-It here . Best of luck.
WorkingWithKids - 28-Sep-17 @ 12:21 PM
Hi there.I need to do do a voluntary placement as part of my course - Level 2 working with children and young people workforce. I am a mature student and would like the placement on a Friday either in a private or school nursery. This will be until next July. I am hardworking, tolerant and patient.Thankyou,Lynne
LynGod - 27-Sep-17 @ 8:47 PM
We are nursery and primary school looking for those intereted in volunteer teaching in the school.we are located on nongo muterere bugiri district of uganda. Tel +256788756569. Get more about us on facebook as immaculate heart nursery and primary school nongo.
Immy17 - 22-Sep-17 @ 4:27 PM
Hi , I am fromIndiaI have done my B.Ed overseas educational qualification and I got a NARIC reference no too. Here in Liverpool I like to work in primary schools like a assistant teacher or volunteer work to get some experience.please let me know the correct approach how to apply to get that.
Mruna - 21-Sep-17 @ 11:27 PM
Hi my name is katie I have volunteered in a school before in the past I worked in a nusery I would like to gain more experience working in a school I go with some who takes me to work
Kate - 18-Aug-17 @ 2:22 PM
Hi I am looking for any type of work experience with children whether its in a school or summer school which will help me gain a bit more confidence and also help me secure a place on a PGCE course for 2018. Thanks
SAYEED - 4-Aug-17 @ 11:10 AM
K Saeed - Your Question:
Hi I would like to work in a primary school as a volunteer for teaching assistant course as I am starting in September and I had two years nursery assistant experience and I am able to work with children.Please kindly assist and help me to find a place in any Wolverhampton primary school. Thanks

Our Response:
You would have to apply to the schools in your area directly to see if they have some volunteer vacancies.
WorkingWithKids - 3-Jul-17 @ 3:10 PM
Hi I would like to work in a primary school as a volunteer for teaching assistant course as I am starting in September and I had two years nursery assistant experience and I am able to work with children. Please kindly assist and help me to find a place in any Wolverhampton primary school. Thanks
K Saeed - 1-Jul-17 @ 12:13 PM
I am being assessed for fostering at the present time but need to gain experience working with older children. I have been DRB checked, and am reaching out to get support in finding a voluntary placement. I have experience working with adults with special needs and learning difficulties and would be able to bring these skills to younger persons too if required, can you help point me in the right direction. I am in the PETERSFIELD ares.
TRACY - 27-Jun-17 @ 4:10 PM
Hai ,I'm marumo poto from zebediela I'm currently studying level 5for early childhood development at edutak college,I love working with kids and I would like to volunteer at any school around zebediela
Anita - 4-Jun-17 @ 3:37 PM
Hi I would like to volunteer in schools of birmingham as an EAL teacher. I have done masters in TESOL. Could you prase guide me . Thanks
Sarah - 29-May-17 @ 2:09 PM
I would like to work in a nursery or a school as a volunteer for work experience as I am starting college in September and would like to do something part time. I have a lot of experience with children especially babies.
Lex - 25-May-17 @ 12:45 PM
Asilvava - Your Question:
Hello,I'm Alberto from Spain and I'd like to be volunteer in schools in London. Let me know if this the correct place. Thanks in advance.

Our Response:
This is not the correct place. You would have to apply to the schools individually or through the likes of Do-It here.
WorkingWithKids - 27-Apr-17 @ 10:45 AM
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