We love to have helpers in school! There are lots of different ways you can help. What you will actually do depends on what is needed at the time and also on your own interests and skills. Whatever you do, we will get as much information and guidance as possible. You might:
- hear children read
- work with groups of children on work set by their teacher
- help in lessons such as cookery, needlework, art and games
When you will help
Your help is welcome at just about any time during the school day. Let the school know when you are available, but be realistic about what you offer. It's usually best to start with a short time each week and then add to it if you find you have more time free. It doesn't have to be a whole morning or a whole afternoon - an hour a week can be very helpful. Try to make it the same day and time each week. That makes it easier for you to remember and easier for the school to plan. If, for some reason, you can't come to school as arranged, please let everybody know - giving as much notice as possible.
Working with children
When you work with children at school, you will always be under the supervision of one of the teachers, who will let you know what we want you - and the children - to do.
Like all other adults in the school, you will have high expectations of children's behaviour. The children should be courteous, use polite language and listen when others are speaking. Encourage them by praise and by setting a good example. If any child misbehaves, please make sure that the teacher knows about it.
You will be told about the school's behaviour policy, which sets out what we expect of children and how we deal with them.
While you are helping in school, you will find out a lot of things about children and about other adults. Like all the other people working in school, you will have to keep such things confidential. Prior to starting you will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) Check.
All school staff are all in a position of trust and it is important not to break that trust. Even things that seem quite unimportant might be significant to someone, so the best rule is not to talk about things away from school. One way of looking at it is to think how you would feel about other people talking about your child or about you.
On the other hand, you do need to talk to teachers about things you have noticed and done. Sometimes, teachers might even ask you to make a note of your observations of particular children. This can be especially useful in helping teachers to understand children's progress and to plan future activities.