Introduction to Volunteering in Schools

Ref: C3672747

Introduction to Skills for Volunteers in School (formerly Practical Parent Helpers), is a long established non-accredited course, developed by the WEA. This 14 hour short course (usually 6/7 weeks) will give students the knowledge, skills and understanding to support children’s learning through a range of fun and practical activities.

Course aim

To give students the background knowledge and confidence to become an effective parent helper in school and/or to help their children's learning in the home.

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:

  • Identify 3 ways children can develop their learning through play.
  • List 3 practical strategies to support children's development in English.
  • List 3 practical strategies to support children's development in maths.
  • List 3 practical strategies to support children's development in science.
  • List 3 practical strategies for encouraging children's social, emotional and behavioural development.

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
  • Students will be encouraged to put into practice their ideas for supporting children's development and learning both at home and (possibly) as volunteers within a school.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • There are no formal entry requirements as this is a taster course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

Download full course outline

Introduction to 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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