Volunteers at our school bring with them a range of skills and experience that can enhance the learning opportunities of children at school. We welcome and encourage volunteers from the local community.
Our volunteers include:
Members of the Governing Body
Parents of pupils
Students on work experience
Friends of the school / parish
The types of activities that Volunteers are engaged include:
Hearing children read
Working with small groups of children
Working alongside individual children
Undertaking art & craft activities with children
Running after school clubs eg: football
Working with children on computers
Accompanying school visits
Becoming a volunteer
We greatly value the contribution our volunteers make. As a “safe and secure school” we do everything possible to ensure our children and staff are protected. We take safeguarding very seriously and therefore ask our regular volunteers to complete a enhanced DBS check before coming into school to support. People who want to volunteer are asked to complete a form from the office outlining what they can support with and how frequently they would like to volunteer to come in.
On the first entry to the school, visitors will have their DBS checked and be given a summary document regarding safeguarding procedures. They will be asked to sign and tick that they have read and understood each point. If visitors are awaiting DBS clearance, they will have supervised contact with children. See Appendix. If schools have ‘written notification’ from an agency that their staff have a DBS ‘Enhanced with barred list information’ check, then it is not necessary for the visitor to produce individual evidence of their DBS check before being granted unsupervised contact with children.
Our School Vision
All adults who work in our school, whether a paid member of staff or a volunteer are expected to work and behave in such a way as to actively promote our school vision.
Our main aim is to provide quality experiences in all aspects of school life, so enabling the children to be happy, successful and keen to learn in order to help our children grow into young people who are fulfilled and able to make a positive contribution to society.
We believe that children should develop a happy way of being together, that their self- respect leads to a respect for the rights and needs of other children and adults from their own and other cultures, and for the opposite gender.
We aim to educate the ‘whole child’ by presenting a total experience which is right and relevant to his/her individuality, to foster intellectually, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual development.
We aim to teach a broad and balanced curriculum by carefully planning and delivering the National Curriculum. We assess children’s progress and allow time for reflection and evaluation by teaching staff.
We recognise that the change and process are an important part of everyday life. We aim to equip children to cope and flourish in dealing with the challenge of change.
Volunteers in school are bound by a code of confidentiality. Any concerns that volunteers have about the children they work with / come into contact with should be voiced with he class teacher NOT with the parents of the child /persons outside school. Comments regarding children’s behaviour or learning can be highly sensitive and if taken out of context, can cause distress to the parents of a child if they hear about such issues through a third party rather than directly from school. Volunteers who are concerned about anything another adult in the school does or says should raise the matter with the headteacher.
Whenever possible, the school will ensure that where a volunteer has a personal relationship with a child / children (parent / grandparent / relative etc) they will not be placed to work alongside the child / children other than exceptional circumstances where perhaps they are helping with a school visit or day trip. Parents who come along to their own child’s class trip will not be included in the adult: child ratio.
Parent volunteering on an educational visit would not be entitled to take their child home any earlier than the end of the school day unless in extreme circumstances. It is deemed as a safeguarding issue if a child leaves the premises early without good reason and reduces the number of hours of education that pupils are entitled to.
All volunteers work under the supervision of the Class teacher of the class to which they are assigned. Teachers retain responsibility for children at all times including the children’s behaviour and the activity they are undertaking. Volunteers should have clear guidance from the teacher as to how an activity is carried out / what the expected outcome of an activity is. Volunteers are encouraged to seek further advice from the teacher in event of any query / problem regarding children’s understanding of a task or behaviour. Volunteers should never find themselves working alone with a child out of the view of a permanent member of staff.
The school has a Health & Safety Policy and this is made available on request to volunteers working in the school. Class teachers ensure that volunteers are clear about emergency procedures (eg: fire alarm evacuation) and about any safety aspects associated with a particular task (eg: using DT equipment /accompanying children on visits). Volunteers need to exercise due care and attention and report any obvious hazards or concerns to the class teacher / headteacher. Issues that may involve problems in the toilet areas must be reported immediately to an employed permanent member of staff, who will be familiar with our Intimate Care Policy.
Any complaints made about a volunteer will be referred to the headteacher for investigation. The headteacher reserves the right to take the following action:
To speak with the volunteer about a breach of the volunteer arrangement and seek reassurance that it will not happen again
Offer an alternative placement for a volunteer eg: helping with another activity or in another class
Inform the volunteer that the school no longer wishes to use them. The full complaints procedure is set out in the School Handbook (available from the school office).