Introduction to skills for volunteers helping in schools

Ref: C3742395

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

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 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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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 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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • The Assessment will be informal, based on tutor observation, written work, students discussions and self/ peer assessment

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 a small A4 file, pen and paper for note-taking. Occasionally tutors may ask students to contribute materials or other small items to support a particular activity/session

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • It is hoped that students will gain the confidence and take new knowledge, skills and understanding into the classroom and/or home It is hoped that students will be inspired to progress on the accredited Volunteers Helping in Schools course

Download full course outline

Introduction to skills for volunteers helping 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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