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Voluntary Work in Schools

By: Maggie Lonsdale BA (hons) - Updated: 10 Oct 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.


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 recently finished my ESOL course level 1 at Regional College in Cambridge but I am living in Hurbbert Bridge Boston now. I used to be a Teacher for 8 years when I was in my country. My future ambition is to become a Teacher Assistant so I am looking for a volunteer opportunity to get some experience and improve my English skills in a school or a nursery. Any position would be appreciated. Thank you
Chandi - 10-Oct-19 @ 4:10 PM
Hi I have a studied level 3 in childcare am looking for a volunteer job in a nursery to get experience.
Shab - 4-Oct-19 @ 8:55 PM
Hello, My name is Tyler Lawrence, I am currently studying NVQ Level 2 childcare at college focusing on ages 0 to 5 years old and as part of my coursework was to find work experience in a young people's setting such as a reception class for example. I was wondering if there was any placements available in your facility so I am able to gain an insight of what it would be like to work in a childcare environment. Please get in touch with me if this would be possible. Thank you. Yours sincerely, Tyler.
Ty - 1-Oct-19 @ 7:06 PM
I would like to volunteer in a nursery/primary school to get experience, i have a 5 year old son. I had some experience in reception when i was in college but didnt complete the course.
Sarah89t0mmy14 - 26-Sep-19 @ 1:51 PM
A compassionate, patient and caring individual is seeking for any role, in any Education settings as a volunteer. I have being a primary caregiver for my father in-law for 7 years, same time looking after my child who is 4. However, father In-law has being moved to a care home, and my child is back to full time school. I have all the time I need to become useful. Any position will be highly appreciated Thanks.
Edy12 - 20-Sep-19 @ 10:54 AM
Hi I’m looking for volenteer job in childcare,nursery ,reception I had experience for 5 yearsin teaching abroad my level in English is level 1 I’m looking to improve my English and working as volenteerI’m looking for job just in Tuesday and Wednesday thank you
Nadia Admou - 15-Sep-19 @ 8:48 PM
I work part time at a local college and am a dab hand in computer literacy. I have spare hours every week that I would love to spend helping out at a school in any role. I am a Nana who lives hundreds of miles away from her grandchildren and miss their chat and laughter.
Sue - 8-Sep-19 @ 1:48 PM
hi I am interested in voluntary work starting in september i am studing cache level 3 in teaching assistant course.
sanam - 21-Aug-19 @ 1:27 PM
I want to start my career as a primary school teacher. Need to gain experience and also understandthe day to day responsibilities of the teacher through volenteering . Please help
Mani - 29-Jul-19 @ 11:30 AM
Hi I am an Arabic teacher. Looking for a volunteerteaching assesstanc.I had MA From sheffield university. And work experience 5 years abroad with childern. I love to work with childern.I live in sheffield s4 8lb.Please if there is any primaryor secondary school need help I cando this job. Thanks
Amy - 7-Jul-19 @ 12:03 PM
Hi, I am starting my teaching assistant course in college. So, I need voluntary work in class room at school. I am good at help children with reading and math work. I am available in any time. If anyone could please help I would be extremely grateful. Thanks, JASMIN
N/A - 30-Jun-19 @ 2:07 PM
Hi am precious I live in Manchester and am looking for a Placement in schools were I can do a voluntary work can you help me find a space thanks
Aisosa - 27-Jun-19 @ 11:43 AM
I have been a school governor albeit a few years ago. Whilst holding the role I used to go into school and read with and to the children I am now retired and would love to do this again. How can i find a school that is looking for someone to volunteer please.
Sandra - 18-Jun-19 @ 1:52 PM
Hi I'm doing a cache level 2 ta course and need a volunteer placement in a school within the Greenwich borough to hopefully start after this half term, I have experience in childcare but need experience within a primary school setting, if anyone could please help I would be extremely grateful.
Nic - 22-May-19 @ 10:29 AM
Hi there could you please help me i am looking to volunteer in a nursery. I have worked in a nursery setting before and i need to cover a months time to get in to work. Thankyou
Missy - 7-May-19 @ 4:11 AM
Hi,I am looking volunteer work with primary school children.I'm very good to help children with reading and math work.i'm looking this in Hayes area. Thank you
Noor - 2-May-19 @ 11:30 PM
Hi I’m looking to work as a classroom volunteer to help primary kids with reading and maths . I’m very good with kids and enjoy helping out .in Whitley, Reading or surrounded area .
Sara - 24-Apr-19 @ 6:10 PM
Hello I have been out of work for quite a while now bringing up my children butI am looking for voluntry work nowwith children. I have got an NVQ level 2 already & lots experience. Can you please help me find something local in gravesend Kent. Thankyou.
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
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