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Volunteers and Students

Volunteers at Henry Tyndale.

Volunteers at our school bring with them a range of skills and experience that can enhance the learning opportunities of pupils. Our volunteers have included Members of the Governing Body, Parents of pupils, Students on work experience, University students, Ex-members of staff, Friends of the school, members of the local community.

The types of activities that volunteers engage in, on behalf of the school, may include a wide variety of activities such as hearing pupils read, working with small groups of pupils to assist them in their learning, working alongside individual pupils, supporting swimming, accompanying school visits and many more.

Safeguarding

We are committed to safeguarding pupils, young people and vulnerable adults and expect our volunteers to share that commitment.

Becoming a Volunteer

Anyone wishing to become a volunteer, either for a one off event such as a school visit or on a more regular basis, e.g. hearing pupils read, usually approaches a member of the Office staff, the member of the Senior  Leadership Team with responsibility for volunteers and work experience students or the Headteacher. All necessary checks will be carried out before volunteers are allowed to support within the school.

Process for Volunteers at Henry Tyndale

  • Contact the school via e-mail or by visiting reception

  • The volunteers are invited to attend the school for an informal discussion to ensure the volunteer is fully aware of the roles and activities that they may be required to participate in and their suitability for the role

  • All the necessary safeguarding checks will then take place, volunteers will be required to complete a form and if appropriate give the name of two references. The school will seek DBS clearance for a volunteer before they come into school, to make an informed decision when accepting volunteers to work with children. This is not required where a volunteer is engaged in a ‘one-off’ activity

  • Once all the checks have taken place any volunteers will be invited to come to the school to complete the school induction and all documentation explained and issued. This will include the Health and Safety, Child Protection and Safeguarding, Behaviour Management, Confidentiality, Code of Conduct and Whistleblowing Policy.

  • Volunteer records are kept in a central place within the school.

Supervision

All volunteers work under the supervision of a teacher or full time member of staff. Teachers retain ultimate responsibility for pupils at all times, including the pupils’ behaviour and the activity they are undertaking.

 

Work Experience at Henry Tyndale

We, at Henry Tyndale, are very proud of our links with local schools, colleges and universities. Every year we work together with a number of educational establishments such as Farnborough 6th Form College, Farnborough and Basingstoke College of Technology; Fernhill School & Language College; Wavell School and Yately School, to name but a few, to offer valuable work experience opportunities for their students. We are also very proud of our links with Reading, Winchester, Chichester Universities offering Enrichment placements for students wishing to pursue a career in teaching. 

Work Experience offers many benefits and opportunities for everyone. For the students coming into Henry Tyndale, it can enhance their knowledge and understanding and better prepare them for the world of work. Work experience placements are the ideal way to raise the profile of a career in Education, providing a valuable means of creating a positive image amongst students, teachers, parents and employees.

Before commencing their work experience the students need proper preparation and briefing. This is a vital stage in the process. This may involve a member of staff from Henry Tyndale visiting the college to talk to the students or the students visiting Henry Tyndale School, where they will receive a briefing re expectations and to be shown around the school. On the morning of their arrival, on the first day, once again, they will have a briefing ensuring that the procedures for safeguarding, child protection, the need for confidentiality, health and safety etc. are understood and adhered to. University students are required to provide a letter from their university confirming that they are, indeed, a student there and also required to provide recent evidence of their home address and other photo I.D.

ALL safeguarding checks are carried out prior to them being permitted to spend time in a classroom. All students in full time education are covered by their school;

For our pupils at Henry Tyndale having work experience and other students working alongside the regular adults in the classroom, offers our pupils increased opportunities to develop communication and enjoy a wider range of positive interactions. Under the guidance of the teacher, work experience students can help support the pupils’ learning across the school day and they can provide a valuable role model for our pupils, helping to build self-esteem, form relationships and to succeed.

We are extremely grateful to all the students who join us for work experience, enrichment placements and others and hope that they feel that our pupils have taught them as much as they have supported our pupils.

If you wish to be considered for a placement at Henry Tyndale School please contact Jenny Thompson at j.thompson@henrytyndale.hants.sch.uk

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