Volunteering in Schools

Ref: C2419337

This course is 2 hours long for 6 weeks. The course will enable you to discover how a school works and develop skills to be an effective volunteer. It will look at the skills and qualtiies that a teaching assistant needs to work with children and the knowledge they need to support children effectively. It will include practical activities around the areas of maths, literacy, science and personal and social development.

Additional information about this course

Students need to have a good level of English as this course leads to an accredited NCFE course at Level 2 called Helping in Schools.

Course aim

The course will enable you to discover how a school works and develop the skils to be an effective volunteer in school

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • to develop an understanding and gain knowledge in supporting literacy in the school setting
  • To develop an understanding and gain knowledge in supporting Maths in the school setting
  • To develop an understanding and gain knowledge in supporting science in the school setting
  • To develop an understanding and gain knowledge in supporting personal, social and emotional development in the school setting
  • To understand the role of the volunteer in the school setting

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course outline

Volunteering in Schools Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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