Volunteers Helping in Schools

Ref: C3671432

Develop your understanding, skills and experience for volunteering in schools and gain a Level 2 qualification (awarded by NCFE) in Support Work In Schools. An ideal course for parents looking to help their children's learning or for anyone wanting an initial qualification to work in schools.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To help students gain knowledge and understanding of life in school. To support and promote parental engagement with children’s learning. To achieve a recognised qualification: L2 Award in Support Work in Schools.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to talk to a member of staff and do a short activity to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Evidence successful attainment of the Unit 1 Learning Outcomes – Child and Young Person Development
  • Evidence successful attainment of the Unit 2 Learning Outcomes – Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People
  • Evidence successful attainment of the Unit 3 Learning Outcomes – Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
  • Evidence successful attainment of the Unit 4 Learning Outcomes - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People
  • Evidence successful attainment of the Unit 5 Learning Outcomes - Schools as Organisations

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will need to arrange and complete a 20 hour placement as a volunteer in a school alongside the course. You will be supported by the tutor to undertake a range of written tasks to complete your course portfolio for accreditation.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You will need to bring a pen and pad of A4 paper, plus a folder for submitting work, storing course materials and compiling your portfolio.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

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Volunteers Helping in Schools

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You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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