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Voluntary Work in Schools

By: Maggie Lonsdale BA (hons) - Updated: 3 Mar 2017 | 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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Hello, I am looking to gain some in class experience in a secondary school to go towards my pgce. I would like to start volunteering asap, specifically in an art class as i will be doing a art pgce. :) would love a art technician role or art assistant.
trejayne - 3-Mar-17 @ 2:48 PM
Hi, I am looking for job last 9 to 10 months. stil I have no job .so i am start childhood& care course online. BefourI was done teaching job.but I move to Australia . so I was resigned that job.Ihave one year experienceteaching line. And Ilove kids. THANK YOU
VJ - 28-Feb-17 @ 11:58 PM
RuthPAT - Your Question:
Hi I gained a NVQ in early years 0-4 in 2005, As it has been a long time now, I want to update my cv, I want to now be a volunteer , Pleas help me, assist me in the right direction it would be much appreciated Thankyou.

Our Response:
In addition to the advice in the article, there are a couple of different routes you can take as a school volunteer such as helping children to read, please see link here, you could ask directly at your local schools if they need any classroom helpers, or help in any other ways.
WorkingWithKids - 22-Feb-17 @ 11:10 AM
Hi I gained a NVQ in early years 0-4 in 2005, As it has been a long time now, I want to update my cv, I want to now be a volunteer , Pleas help me, assist me in the right direction it would be much appreciated Thankyou.
RuthPAT - 21-Feb-17 @ 3:35 PM
I like to work as a volunteer at schools in london.
yasi - 19-Feb-17 @ 8:24 PM
Isa - Your Question:
Good afternoon,I wonder if there is any volunteer work for me as a Spanish teacher assistant at any school in the Coventry area. I could do any hours mornings.Kind regards.

Our Response:
You would have to approach the schools directly if you wish to find this out.
WorkingWithKids - 17-Feb-17 @ 11:58 AM
Good afternoon, I wonder if there is any volunteer work for me as a Spanish teacher assistant at any school in the Coventry area. I could do any hours mornings. Kind regards.
Isa - 16-Feb-17 @ 3:51 PM
i am shaheen live in bradford i have back country experience in teaching now i am looing in a primary school to work placement / voluntry work coz i love children and want to work with them.
non - 10-Feb-17 @ 3:19 PM
hello, I'm not working and I'm looking for a voluntary jobs with kids or anything else. I have no experience ,but i would like to work with the childrens. I love childrenss and I'm a mother of two boys. So please give me a chance to gain my experience. thank you.
deepa - 24-Jan-17 @ 9:57 AM
Prathi - Your Question:
Hi ,I want to do vounteer work in school administrator.I have some experience of working with kids back in India.Here Iam got some experience of administrator experience in different.Iam hardworking person who want to a career change which is working with kids.Please kindly assist and hlep me.Thanks

Our Response:
We cannot assist you via this site. You have to look on websites such as Do-It, link here. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 29-Nov-16 @ 10:31 AM
Hi , I want to do vounteer work in school administrator.I have some experience of working with kids back in India.Here Iam got some experience of administrator experience in different.Iam hardworking person who want to a career change which is working with kids. Please kindly assistand hlep me.Thanks
Prathi - 28-Nov-16 @ 9:51 AM
Hi I have finished my Teaching & Supporting in school Deploma L3 on 2014 but never practice Now I am looking for job if possible I can do volunteer job in Special in needs school. As Teaching Assistants
Savee - 7-Oct-16 @ 8:53 AM
hi , i have an overseas French Bachelor Degree which is the equivalent of UK Bachelor Degree and i would like to work voluntarily for a couple of months or more to gain some experience in education work. Im in essex london would like a local school or college thx
Salim 2016 - 6-Oct-16 @ 6:18 PM
I wish to do voluntary work in our local primary school. I returned to UK early 2011 after working abroad for many years in education for reputable organisations. Is there a ruling for such a situation.
Saethryd - 22-Sep-16 @ 3:38 PM
Hi would love to volunteer in a school for teaching assistant thank you
Amber - 12-Sep-16 @ 1:29 PM
baharey gull - Your Question:
I am doing a teaching assistant course (level 2). it is not completed yet. I want to do some voluntary work in Reading primary schools, to got some job experience. I am a Stem ambassador as well. Right now, I am working in McDonalds. I am available for first two days of a weak (Monday and Tuesday). I am living in reading. I cant go outside of the reading. please let me know if you find any voluntary opportunity in reading primary schools.

Our Response:
We are not a voluntary service, therefore I suggest you contact schools in your area directly to see whether there are any placements available. In addition, you may wish to use the online site Do-It, link here. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 19-Jul-16 @ 11:47 AM
I am doing a teaching assistant course (level 2). it is not completed yet. I want to do some voluntary work in Reading primary schools, to got some job experience.I am a Stem ambassador as well.Right now, I am working in McDonalds. I am available for first two days of a weak (Monday and Tuesday). I am living in reading. I cant go outside of the reading. please let me know if you find anyvoluntary opportunity in reading primary schools.
baharey gull - 18-Jul-16 @ 2:14 PM
Hi dear, I have done Masters in Computer science. Looking for job in dubai. Having residents visa.currently not working anywhere. Can you please help me on this. Thank you
Vrushali - 24-May-16 @ 2:38 PM
Hi,I am a holder of a Diploma in Secondary Education attained in Zimbabwe,and would like to volunteer my skills and experience in South African schools and Education,for the benefit of the children and for myself enrichment.I love kids and am very passionate about their well being and long to see them grow better and great.Please assist. .
shay - 28-Feb-16 @ 6:38 PM
sanzie - Your Question:
I will be graduating in the summer in social sciences. I plan on becoming a primary school teacher, thus will be looking to apply for a pgce primary course. I do not have any experience with children at all and most places are already full, since they were open from october 2015. Will I have to wait till the next academic year? Also, how can I get work experience in key stage one and two?Thanks

Our Response:
I have included the National Careers website information here which gives you alternatives routes in to your PGCE. I can only really suggest you approach this systematically - you can also contact Get Into Teaching via the link which will give you more information on your options.
WorkingWithKids - 25-Feb-16 @ 10:08 AM
I will be graduating in the summer in social sciences. I plan on becoming a primary school teacher, thus will be looking to apply for a pgce primary course. I do not have any experience with children at all and most places are already full, since they were open from october 2015. Will I have to wait till the next academic year? Also, how can i get work experience in key stage one and two? Thanks
sanzie - 24-Feb-16 @ 12:21 AM
I'm Spanish teacher and I'm looking to get a volunteer teacher
Japetor - 11-Feb-16 @ 12:49 PM
I am recently qualified in cache level 2 and need to get experience in secondary school to get experience. I wish to volunteer my services, can you please helpas to how I go about it.
Hirsch1980 - 17-Jan-16 @ 3:51 PM
Tessy - Your Question:
Hello,please am doing my master's at the London school of commerce in South London. I want to volunteer to work as a teaching assistant in a school in South east London, I want to volunteer the days I do not have classes. So I can have the experience of working with children. For now I have no experience.Please kindly assist me.Thank you.

Our Response:
The site Young Enterprise may help, see link here, or Do-It may help too, see link here. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 4-Jan-16 @ 2:29 PM
Hello,please am doing my master's at the London school of commerce in South London. I want to volunteer to work as a primary school teaching assistant in a school in South east London, I wantto volunteer the days i do not have classes. So i can have the experience of working with children. For now I have no experience. Please kindly assist me. Thank you.
Tessy - 4-Jan-16 @ 11:48 AM
Hello,please am doing my master's at the London school of commerce in South London. I want to volunteer to work as a teaching assistant in a school in South east London, I wantto volunteer the days i do not have classes. So i can have the experience of working with children. For now I have no experience. Please kindly assist me. Thank you.
Tessy - 4-Jan-16 @ 11:44 AM
Hi I'm interested in voluntary in a primary school andI have complet entry two passed ,entry three continue,entry three IT course passed ,level 2 Award in Food Safety for passed. I am likes voluntary job Kitchen assistant,Kitchen porter catering assistant and lrearning support assistant,etc. Thanks, Ibrahimmiya.
no - 24-Dec-15 @ 8:13 PM
Mim - Your Question:
Hi, I have portable DBS plus level 1 child protection and a little work experience from supplementary school, now looking for voluntary TA at primary schools in London. Can you help me, please.

Our Response:
You could either apply to the local schools in your area directly. Or you could see if there is anything suitable on the Do-It website here. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 3-Dec-15 @ 2:50 PM
Hi, I have portable DBS plus level 1 child protection and a little work experience from supplementary school, now looking for voluntary TA at primary schools in London. Can you help me, please.
Mim - 3-Dec-15 @ 2:22 PM
Jos - Your Question:
Hi I am looking to do some voluntary work as a music teacher or supply teacher in a secondary school in London. I have a music degree and I am about to complete my PGCE training in post compulsory education. I would like to become a secondary music teacher.

Our Response:
You could either apply directly to the school of your choice, or see if there are any opportunities via the Do-It link here. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 18-Sep-15 @ 12:21 PM
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