Volunteer

Volunteering at Noor ul Islam
The school welcomes support from suitably qualified volunteers. Volunteers play an important role in helping the school achieve its aims.

Why volunteer?
The school provides a fantastic experience for those wishing to develop their working skills in a professional environment. Those who are interested in a future career in education will find volunteering at the school invaluable towards gaining some experience in working with children.

Roles available
Generally the volunteer roles are based around working in the classroom or office work. The office roles involve providing general support to the school through the multi-faceted nature of a school office. You will need to be quick thinking and efficient to be part of this team!

The classroom roles provide direct experience of working with children. The role involves everything from supporting the teacher preparing classroom resources through to small group teaching or accompanying classes on trips. One thing we can guarantee is you will never find yourself with nothing to do!

What do I need to commit to?
Should you wish to volunteer we ask that you agree to support the school at least two days a week for two terms. You will be expected to treat the role in a professional manner and adhere to all the requirements of the role.

The school has to invest a significant amount of time to process and induct volunteers. We ask that you only apply if you are serious about volunteering for a significant amount of time and are committed to developing yourself in a professional environment.

What training will I be given?
Due to the significant responsibility involved in working with children, full training will be necessary in a number of areas prior to the commencement of work at the school. This induction process will take place over a number of days and will cover areas such as;

- Safeguarding
- Health and safety
- Behaviour management
- Professional conduct
- Supporting teaching and learning
- Basic ICT skills

Should you be unable to attend the induction sessions you will not be allowed to volunteer at the school.

What do I have to do next?
Anyone interested in volunteering will have to complete the standard Noor Ul Islam Primary School Employment Application Form. Please ensure this is filled out fully and ensure there are no time periods unaccounted for in your work or education history. This is important as part of our safeguarding checks.
Once you have completed the form please email the form with a covering letter to the school.
We have three main application windows for volunteers, September, January and April. The applications will be processed during these months and successful applicants will be called to interview. The induction dates for the academic year 2016-2017 are as follows;

September
January
April

All applications will need to be processed by this date and attendance at these sessions is compulsory.

Are there any charges/cost involved?
As the school has a limited budget we ask that all volunteers pay for the DBS check which will need to be carried out. The office will be happy to explain the exact cost of the DBS check at the time of application.

Other placements
We also accept students as part of their PGCE placement, Undergraduate degree, or other Level 2/3 courses. These types of placements fall outside of our normal volunteering deadlines. Anyone interested in completing a teaching block placement should contact the school directly.

We currently work with the University of East London and the University of Cumbria. However, students from other universities are welcome to contact the school.

Please note that for the academic year 2016-2017 we are not accepting any teaching block placement requests. Please contact us in the new academic year or check here for information regarding the academic year 2017-2018.

School work experience placements
We also work with a number of local schools providing work experience placements for them. Please contact the school directly or through your schools work experience co-ordinator to arrange a two week placement at the school.