How to volunteer at a local school in the UK

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How to volunteer at a local school in the UK
Helping with reading is one way of volunteering at school. (Julian Finney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)

Volunteering at your local school is an excellent way of helping your community and building some experience and knowledge for yourself. Most schools welcome helpers to assist with activities such as reading with students, helping to supervise children on school trips, assisting in the school library and helping out with special activities such as cookery, art or school plays. It is helpful to your school if you can commit to a regular time slot however short, but even if you cannot do this, helping when you can will certainly be appreciated.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Think about what you can do to help out at a school. Decide what skills you have to offer and what you would enjoy doing. Look at the website to find out where there are volunteering opportunities in your community.

  2. 2

    Talk to your child’s teacher or, if you do not have a child at the school then contact the head teacher. Find out what the school needs in terms of volunteering and make sure you are clear as to the commitment you can make. Avoid promising to give time that you haven’t got. Be clear as to what you can do.

  3. 3

    Find out if you need to get a Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) check – this used to be called a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.; you will need to have one if you are volunteering regularly. Fill in the form that the school gives you carefully; it should be straightforward. Check the website if you are unsure about anything.

  4. 4

    Wait for your check to come back before you begin volunteering – this should take approximately 4-6 weeks.

  5. 5

    Keep up your commitment. Make sure you are at the school when you say you will be. Don’t disappoint the teacher or the children by not turning up. Let the school know if you cannot attend for any reason as teachers will often have planned lessons to include a volunteer’s help.

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