Enfield, Greater London
Greater London
Harrow, Greater London
Islington, Greater London
volunteer - expenses paid
Voluntary
Job description

THIS ROLE IS SUSPENDED DURING LOCKDOWN AND WILL BE REINSTATED WHEN THERE IS CLARITY ON THE TIMETABLE FOR DEVLOPMENT OF THE EPIDEMIC AND COUNTERMEASURES

 

We are looking for volunteers to help young children learn maths in school from September 2020.

Our partner schools select children in school years 2 and 3 (ages six to eight) who are behind in maths but keeping up in other subjects.  Our volunteers work one-to-one with these children to help improve their maths skills and confidence.  The sessions take place in school, during school hours but outside the classroom.

The essence of the role is to build a relationship of trust and to give the child confidence to learn and use basic maths skills. Your interpersonal skills are more important than maths ability. We give training in the maths required, which does not go beyond school year 3, and in how to work with young children.

We currently work with 13 state schools in North London, expanding to 24 schools across eight boroughs from September.  This means we are looking for about 45 new volunteers.  Our ambition is to grow across London and beyond.

Note that this site will display only four addresses, so be aware that we will be working in various schools in Brent, Harrow, Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Islington, Camden, and Westminster.  Realistically, you should be in this general area for the role to be appropriate for you.

Our volunteers find it fun and rewarding to work with individual children to help them improve key skills - especially the occasional moment when "the penny drops".  We strongly believe that our volunteering should benefit the volunteers as well as the children, and we hold social and training events for volunteers to help build a feeling of community and personal development.

We are looking for a commitment for a full school year (less occasional holidays or other necessary absences) to run sessions at least once a week.   Typically each session will be about an hour and a half, giving time to work with three children.  You will also need travel time and a few minutes of preparation per child for each session,

Volunteers will attend a one-day training session before starting.  There are five alternative dates for this over May to July.

We interview all candidates face to face and we will require ID, references, and a DBS check before you can start in a school.

The main requirement for the role is enthusiasm for working with young children. You should also have confidence in simple maths - basically add, subtract, multiply, and divide. You will receive initial training on how to work with the children and how to communicate ideas in maths.  We have former teachers who act as mentors who will give you direct support through the year as you require.

We will pay travel expenses as agreed in advance. We try to match volunteers to schools to minimise travel.  All this is covered in our Volunteer Policy.

Volunteers gain skills and experience from working with the children and will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping improve each child’s educational chances.  Part of the pleasure of the role is discovering how each child is different – and still fun to work with.  There will also be opportunities to contribute more widely to the development of Number Sense as it grows to support more children.

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Number Sense

Number Sense was founded in 2018 to tackle the problem of innumeracy at its root in primary schools.

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Posted on: 20 February 2020
Closed date: 25 March 2020
Tags: Training, Teaching

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