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Voluntary Work in Schools

By: Maggie Lonsdale BA (hons) - Updated: 16 Aug 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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@Sarah - it would probably be aged 18.
RB - 17-Aug-18 @ 10:44 AM
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
none - Your Question:
Hi, I am Srividhya. I would like to do some Voluntary work in schools in order to gain experience. I am Nottingham based and doing private teaching already. Kindly help me to get a nice place to explore because teaching is my dream job.

Our Response:
You would have to approach the schools in your locality directly either by email or letter to see if they have any openings. The Do-It link here may have some voluntary openings that may help further.
WorkingWithKids - 17-Apr-18 @ 9:35 AM
Hi, I am Srividhya. I would like to do some Voluntary work in schools in order to gain experience. I am Nottingham based and doing private teaching already. Kindly help me to get a nice place to explore because teaching is my dream job.
none - 16-Apr-18 @ 3:08 PM
Fatima - Your Question:
Hi I would like to start volunteering in a primary school to get some experience

Our Response:
If you are based in the UK, you can see if there are any vacancies in your area via the Do-It link here .
WorkingWithKids - 12-Apr-18 @ 12:32 PM
Hi I would like to start volunteering in a primary school to get some experience
Fatima - 11-Apr-18 @ 3:16 AM
Hello, Your kids will be able to improve their Spanish skills thanks to the abilities and knowledge of a native Spanish teacher with 9 years experience teaching English to more than 300 students from ages from 3 or 6 up to 1. I offer my summer holidays to help your community during an enriching and enthusiastic meaningful learning experience. Due to my job conditions I can not receive any money but I don't care to do it for free. The experience matters much more for me! :)
Manolo - 5-Apr-18 @ 6:54 PM
I’m looking for training placement at primary school
Ahlam - 21-Mar-18 @ 10:04 PM
Hi I am looking for a school experience in England Peterborough, I have gcsc English and math and a graduate degree in English from my country of origin I cam speak French and Arabic in addition to English and would love to use my knowledge to teach these languages in schools in England but I need some school experience as don't have any teaching qualifications yet. Thank you for helping with any opportunities that arise.
Karima - 17-Mar-18 @ 4:45 PM
Ive considered working with children for years, although Ive had some experience with playschemes and in a nursery its been years ago. Although I had completed a course (city anf guilds 730 in adult and F.E)I have been working in admin,however Istill have a heart to assist childrenlearning. I would like to gain classroom experience and help assist in a teaching environment
Charm/Cham - 28-Feb-18 @ 8:00 PM
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
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