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i need your opinion

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by liverpool00, Aug 31, 2012.



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    I am thinking of doing
    voluntary work in a school to get some teaching experience and references. I
    would like your opinion about a couple of matters.





    <ol style="margin-top:0cm;"><li class="MsoNormal">Do you think that it would be easy to
    find a school to do some voluntary teaching or it would be hard?</ol>




    <ol style="margin-top:0cm;"><li class="MsoNormal">I know that schools are very busy places
    and they do not want any distractions. So could you, please, give me a
    hint about how to convince them to allow me to do voluntary teaching?</ol>




    <ol style="margin-top:0cm;"><li class="MsoNormal">They are going to give me references,
    aren&rsquo;t they?</ol>




    Any advice would be greatly appreciated





    Thanks



     
  2. sleepyhead

    sleepyhead New commenter

    Observation? Pretty easy. Voluntary teaching? Hard. I get requests for this all the time and they mostly get turned down. I can't put someone I know nothing about in front of a class.
    I'd happily have you in to observe, but I'm afraid that you'd have to be on some kind of teacher training for me to allow to teach.
    I'd write about what you'd done and with whom, but that's not to say it would be a reference.
    I'm sorry if it's not what you want to hear.

     
  3. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    have you got the clearance form, if not apply for one and get it paid for, then you can get started on having a go.
    you could start by offering to listen to pupils read, do basic maths with them etc. Most primary are crying out for such volunteers, secondaries are slower but may consider it if you approach them.
    have you considered applying to be a TA?
     
  4. glenn_xp

    glenn_xp New commenter

    Would this be any use to you? It is primary though, not secondary.

    Volunteer readers: http://www.vrh.org.uk/
     
  5. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    Be prepared to email a large number of schools. I wouldn't phrase your request as "voluntary teaching", though - as the first response suggests, that isn't really likely to happen. If you are intending to take a PGCE or other training, specify this, because most schools will have experience with prospective PGCE students and understand what your needs are.
     
  6. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    CRB checks are pricy - &pound;50 + I believe. And each school may want their own!
     
  7. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    you can request "portability" not sure how one does it though!
     
  8. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Looking at your other posts, are you still (or until recently) based overseas? That would throw up problems with the CRB check, as that only checks your criminal record in this country. I suspect a school would need to apply to the country you've been living in to check your credentials there, and I can't imagine a school would want to be bothered doing that for a volunteer.
    Have you talked to any agencies (about teaching or TA work)? You could ask whether they would consider taking you on - and they would presumably do the necessary vetting.
     


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    I am based overseas. My subject is Classics. I know there are not many
    classics teachers out there right now so I assume that schools would be keen to
    have an extra pair of hands.





    Could you, please, help me with the wording of the letter? What do you
    think are the points that should be highlighted?





    To whom should I address the letter to? The head of department or the
    headteacher?





    Do you think it is better to approach an agency?





    Many thanks



     
  10. sleepyhead

    sleepyhead New commenter

    We don't accept portable ones, apparently.
     

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