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Volunteering for a reference

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by PGstudent, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. PGstudent

    PGstudent New commenter

    I'm at the early stages of returning to teaching after a long, long time away from the classroom. My next step is to obtain some volunteering experience for the sake of a fresh reference to help get a first supply post/check I actually want to do this.

    How long/often would you want a volunteer for in your school in order to feel able to provide a reference and be of actual use to your team?
  2. dts

    dts Occasional commenter

    It depends what you can offer - I spent one day a week for two terms volunteering alongside my MSc work - I did some UCAS and study skills support with sixth form, and a bit of in-class support for younger years. I didn't need a reference from that school, other than for safeguarding confirmation, but they would have been quite happy to provide one after that length of time.
  3. PGstudent

    PGstudent New commenter

    Thanks. I was thinking a day a week from the New Year until the end of the school year.
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    In order to be of real use, then every morning or every afternoon would be more useful than one day.
    If you could offer, say, three afternoons, then the school might well snap you up.

    What are you thinking of suggesting you do as a volunteer?
  5. PGstudent

    PGstudent New commenter

    Well, I was thinking of being able to take reading groups, support small groups or individuals in language or maths, help out at any after school club? I've got a personal interest in arts and craft (I've helped with adult groups over the past few years).

    Does that sound any use?

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