Schools Plus is our flagship tutoring programme that offers Kingston students the opportunity to tutor pupils from primary school to A-level, in a wide range of subjects in schools across London. This is a perfect opportunity for commuter students as we have opportunities across London.
Schools Plus is a national Student Hubs programme. It aims to tackle educational disadvantage by sending in University students in to schools, community clubs or libraries across London which are in need of the extra support. You get the choice of what type of project and subject you would like to tutor in. Examples of these types of placements in action are supporting a primary school teacher in their science lesson (teacher-led project), or planning and leading your own lesson for Secondary School or Alevel students (tutor led), or supporting a group of students with their homework at an afterschool club.
We offer a variety of different placements in organisations across london. Our volunteers support with subjects such as; English, Maths, Science, Film, Digial Arts, Reading, Coding, Drama and much more! Most projects take place from Monday - Friday between 9am to 6pm and you can select your project based on you preference and avalibility to ensure it fits your time table. We also have Saturday options for those with busy weekday schedules.
We expect at least one term of volunteering, which typically involves 1-2 hours a week of volunteering during 6 weeks of a term, with an induction before your placement starts. Most volunteers continue into semester two, although you may choose to swap placement to a different school or location in the second semester.
Communication, empathy, dedication, safeguarding, leadership, working with children with complex needs, pastoral support of children, flexibility, time management and school liaison are all skills you will gain by taking part in Schools Plus. This volunteering opportunity is excellent for anyone who wants experience working in a school enviroment schools and with young people, or is exploring a career in education/youth work.
All of our Programmes are supported by our staff team and student committee. As part of Empower, you will be supported by the Schools Plus Coordinator (Ewelina Paclawska) and the Kingston Hub's Programme Manager (Clara Johnston).
The Coordinator and staff team will be leading on your selection workshop, initial training and additional training provision (behaviour management, routes into education etc) throughout your placement, as well as any issues with your school placement. The staff team will be in touch with you during your placement to get mid-year and end of year feedback, which is required from all volunteers.
Schools plus is committed to being an inclusive programme, and encourages all students to get involved. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, selection workshops, training sessions, your volunteering placement, and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including if you want to disclose a disability or special educational needs, please do get in touch with Clara at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
We reimburse all Kingston Hub volunteers' travel expenses throughout the project.
Volunteering for Kingston Hub is social and you'll have the chance to meet many like-minded people, but why not ask a friend to sign up with you too?
By taking part you are also eligible for Kingston Award points for volunteering. We strongly encourage applications from BME individuals and other under-represented groups.
Email email@example.com who will be able to answer any questions and direct you for any further help and support. You can also check out other youth projects over on our What's On page.