Volunteers Helping in Schools

Ref: C3672772

The course seeks to develop the knowledge and understanding that all those working in a school setting will need and covers areas such as safeguarding, communication and understanding the school context. The course will enable students to develop an understanding of working in a support role in a school either in a paid capacity or as a volunteer. The course promotes parental engagement with children’s learning. Students will work towards gaining the Award in Support Work in Schools which is suitable for those wishing to gain employment in a school, work as a volunteer or for those already working in a school setting with children and young people.

Additional information about this course

All course participants must attend the course induction session on Tuesday 1st May and arrange their own voluntary placement helping in school for 2 hours per week during the course. Contact Diane Quinney 01904 234733/07824 545919 dquinney@wea.org.uk for advice and information before enrolling on the course.

Course aim

To give people an understanding of working in a school setting with children and young people and encourage parents to be actively involved with their children.

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
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
  • You will need to work voluntarily or paid in a childcare setting for a minimum of 20 hours during the course if you aim to move into employment. If you don’t have a placement you may be required to complete additional course work in your own time.

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

  • Have an understanding of the development of children and young people
  • Play a part in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Communicate and develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Have an understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Have an understanding of 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 be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Students will require writing materials and an A4 folder to present their completed work.

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
  • Tutors will suggest additional resources as each unit is addressed The Government's website for educational matters is a valuable resource www.education.gov.uk

What can I do next?

Download full Course information sheet

Volunteers Helping in Schools

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  • 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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