Volunteering in a primary school(5 Posts)
letsgomaths Wed 09-Oct-19 16:57:29
Bucatini Wed 09-Oct-19 17:01:11
PandaTurtle Wed 09-Oct-19 17:05:13
Hoppinggreen Wed 09-Oct-19 17:06:03
Rockbird Wed 09-Oct-19 17:07:53
My main occupation is tutoring teenagers in some GCSE and A-level subjects, but I'm considering taking up being a primary school teaching assistant, to broaden my experience. However, to get an idea about if I really want to do this, I am thinking of volunteering in a primary school, perhaps helping with maths, computing, singing, or whatever they need.
What's the usual way to go about this? When I was at university back in 2000 I took part in an organised scheme of volunteering in primary schools, which I loved, but for this I'd have to apply independently. Is the best way to email the head teacher of a school, explain what I could offer, and suggest coming in for a chat? (I am DBS checked.)
How much do primary schools welcome volunteers, especially those who are not "known" to them, and who are not parents? Although I vividly remember being a child at primary school in the 1980s, and outsiders were always coming in to do this or that, I expect things have changed a lot since then, and primary school time is far more structured than it used to be.
IME they would welcome volunteers. You could email the head, or maybe just pop into the reception desk and make the offer.
I think they would be very glad - would e-mail the Head or the school and take it from there.
They will probably be pleased to have you but you might have to get another DBS. At DS Primary you have to have one for the setting, I had an NHS one and a CQC one and still had to do another when I joined the PTA
Yes you'll need a new DBS but they'll love you. Schools love volunteers.
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