Schools Plus

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.

Informaton icon 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.

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Tutor in Schools, Community Clubs and Libraries to help pupils reach their highest potential, whilst you gain leadership, communication, teamwork skills and more!

What is Schools Plus

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.

Adaptation to online delivery

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:

  • Online Tutoring - Working with a pupil to weekly deliver 1-2 sessions online in a form of after-school club. The sessions would take place after classes and you will be matched with a young person depending on your schedule and interests. Depending on availibility, you can tutor in English, Science, History, Modern Languages, Psychology and many more!
  • Creating educational resources to support learning at home - creating short videos, worksheets and/or presentations. The idea is to make these resources fun, motivational and inspirational rather than strictly educating. We successfully ran very similar project during the summer to support young people's learning outcomes and mental health during challenging times. The projects we run this year are in: Science, History, Geography, Modern Languages and Culture (no language knowledge is required - only passion for the culture!) and Literacy Skills.
  • Volunteer commitment

    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.

    Skills and employability

    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.

    Training and support

    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.

    Reasonable adjustments

    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 ewelina@kingstonhub.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.

    Volunteering with Schools Plus won't cost you

    We reimburse all Kingston Hub volunteers' travel expenses throughout the project.

    Why not volunteer with a friend?

    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?

    What are the next steps

    1. Fill in Application Form telling us why you would like to be involved.
    2. Complete 1 hour selection workshop where you will have a chance to ask questions and confirm your project.
    3. Complete interactive online training in safeguarding.
    4. Spend 1 session per week from November until Christmas break (6 weeks period) making an impact, developing skills and experience, meeting new people and having fun! You can continue your journey into the second term if you wish!
    5. Receive a certificate of participation at the end of the programme.

    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.

    Questions

    Email ewelina@kingstonhub.org 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

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