Have you or a family member or friend, ever thought about helping in school but didn't know what it might entail? Want to start helping in the New Year? We welcome all adult support with open arms! Whether you can help out regularly, or on an ad-hoc basis we would love to have you in school. There are all sorts of things you can do and all of it under the direct guidance of a member of staff (you won't be left alone!). Some of the things our helpers are often involved in are: listening to children reading, playing educational games with groups of children, helping to make resources, mount boards and create displays.
What could you get out of it?
Well we've asked some of our current volunteers what it means to them and these are just some of the reasons they have given: 'Children spend a lot of time at school and it is interesting to get involved and know what your child is doing', 'children love to see adults in school and feel proud if mum, dad, grandma, granddad or other friends can come in', 'It's giving something back to the community – it's good to know you're an important part of something that's good', 'Just an hour can make a huge difference to a child's progress – e.g. practising keywords', 'you can meet new people and network with other parents'.
One of our Parent Helpers tells us why she enjoys helping in school . . .
"When my youngest children started school, I changed my hours at work. I had vaguely thought about helping in school, but not seriously. It was a friend who suggested that I could help out. She was already helping at another local school and was enjoying it and thought I would too. My children were obviously very keen for me to be involved. It makes them feel very proud that their Mum helps at school. I did not know what to expect initially but was made to feel very welcome and valued from the start. Now that I have been helping for 18 months the children at school have got to know me and some even get excited that they are going to work with me."
What does the school get?
Someone to focus on particular topics with a small group of children, listen to and help with reading, keywords/number bonds/times tables, help with classroom tasks and assist the teacher.
What do I get?
Involvement with school, being able to give something back, seeing what my children get up to during a day at school, improvement in my teaching skills to use in school and when I am helping my own children at home, interaction with teachers and improve relationships with my children's current and perhaps future teachers, enjoyment of working with children and seeing them excited to learn.
You can do as little or as much as you like. We have all seen what a difference it makes if someone has focused on a new maths strategy with your child, listened to your child read at school or your child has had their keywords assessed and they have a new strip to learn.
If you can't help out during school hours there are always other ways you can volunteer – how about joining the F.I.S.H. fundraising group and helping at events, or how about coming along to one of our half termly Parent Voice meeting when we chat about school issues?
Of course if you'd like to come into school to volunteer in the classrooms we'll do a DBS check for you. You'll need to pop into school to collect a Volunteer Application Pack which will include the documents you'll need to complete.
Go on – try it – you might like it!!