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Voluntary Work in Schools

By: Maggie Lonsdale BA (hons) - Updated: 17 Nov 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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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
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.
Asilvava - 26-Apr-17 @ 12:16 PM
Spatch - Your Question:
I am interested in doing some voluntary works a few days a week in my local school I have done some voluntary work last year & I am willing to do the same again let me know if there is any going please thank you.

Our Response:
You would have to apply directly via sites such as Do-It here. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 19-Apr-17 @ 10:21 AM
I am interested in doing some voluntary works a few days a week in my local school i have done some voluntary work last year & i am willing to do the same again let me know if there is any going please thank you.
Spatch - 18-Apr-17 @ 12:46 PM
I would like to find a primary school where I can volunteer I've had a lot of experience with children my name is katie jones
Kate - 15-Apr-17 @ 2:06 PM
Hello, I am a childminder of three children in Manchester and I am looking for a spanish teacher assistant volunteer around Manchester. I already finished the level 1 of spanish language for foreign people so I am ready for teach people and manage lessons. I would love to be useful and gain experience while the kids I look after are at school. I have got lots of hours free from Thuesday till Friday mornings! Please, does anybody know how to help me? Thank you in advance. Best regards, Uxya
Uxya - 28-Mar-17 @ 6:57 PM
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
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