Schools Plus is our flagship tutoring programme that offers Kingston students the opportunity to help pupils in all stages of education up to A-levels, in a wide range of subjects in schools across London. Due to COVID-19 pandemic we are currently running all our projects online.
Schools Plus is a national Student Hubs programme. It aims to tackle educational disadvantage by sending University students to schools, community clubs and 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), planning and leading your own lesson for secondary school or A-level students (tutor-led), or supporting a group of students with their homework at an after-school club.
Due to an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have temporarily moved Schools Plus online. In 2020/21 academic year you will have a chance to volunteer in one of the activities:
We expect at least one term of volunteering, which typically involves 1-2 hours a week of volunteering 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 environment or is exploring a career in education/youth work.
All of the Programmes are supported by our staff team and student committee. As part of Schools Plus, you will be supported by the Schools Plus Project Coordinator (Faiza Islam) and the Kingston Hub Projects Officer (Ewelina Paclawska).
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. The staff team will be in touch with you 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 Ewelina 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 BAME individuals and other under-represented groups.