Schools Plus
Help young people to achieve their academic potential by becoming involved with our Schools Plus programme!
To be mutually agreed (1+ hour a week)
One of our partner schools in Cambridge
What is Schools Plus?
Schools Plus Cambridge is the flagship voluntary project of the Cambridge Hub. It is a student-run charity initiative that offers free tutorial and free extra-curricular activities to disadvantaged children in the Cambridge area. We recruit the tutors and provide training and ongoing support throughout.
We focus on ‘closing the gap’ between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children, helping non-native speakers to gain a confident command in the English language in our innovative EAL projects, and building aspirations in our extension ‘Reach Higher’ programs.
2017-18 is our fourth year operating in Cambridge. We have had a successful year in 2016-17: we ran 32 projects in 5 schools with over 100 volunteers benefitting over 350 local pupils.
By developing a strong relationship with every single pupil we work with, we make sure that they feel as valued as their peers, and try to improve learning. We maximise our impact by working with those who are at some kind of disadvantage.
Your travel expenses to and from the school will be reimbursed. We make sure that volunteering will not cost you a thing!
Why volunteer?
  • The overall goal is tackle educational disadvantage in Cambridge by raising the academic confidence, interest and attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Education in the UK is not fair - the amount that your family earns has a huge impact on the grades you achieve. Together we can change this!
  • As many as 33% of children in the Cambridge area live in poverty: most of them are eligible for Free Schools Meals.
  • Only 15% of children in receipt of Free School Meals in Cambridge go on to university, in comparison to 96% of children from independent schools.
  • Children claiming Free School Meals in Cambridge achieve less well at school than almost anywhere in the country.
  • We partner with schools in Cambridge where there are a high proportion of pupils on Free School Meals, who have English as a another language, and have special educational needs.
  • Our tutors work with these pupils to help them achieve their potential.
What roles are available?
There are different positions open:
  • Committee member
  • Project coordinator
  • Tutor
Committee member
  • Commit about 2 hours a week, excluding your normal tutoring responsibility, although workload varies throughout the term
  • Weekly meetings during Michaelmas and Lent terms
  • Qualities we are looking for: organisational skills, enthusiasm, ability to communicate with both students and staff, consistency
  • Be a tutor (see below)
Project coordinator
  • Responsible for one project & a team of volunteer tutors
  • Acting as point of contact with the school and teacher for a specific project
  • Communicating with tutors - e.g. reminding tutors to attend regular sessions, reminding tutors to attend particular events, pass on information to tutors from school
  • Communicating with the relevant committee member in charge of your school
  • Helping out generally with Schools Plus (ad hoc)
  • Be a tutor (see below)
Tutor
  • To make a real difference, we ask that you commit to volunteer weekly during term time.
  • No previous experience required!
  • Bring your passion, enthusiasm, and commitment!
2017-2018 Professional Development
We offer trainings for our volunteers:
  • Certificated Child Safeguarding
  • Effective Teaching and Behavioural Management
  • Tutoring and Mentoring
  • First Aid
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Accessibility
Cambridge Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to all students. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, selection workshops, training sessions, volunteering projects and other activities on a case-by-case basis.
We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, please do get in touch with Annuscha at annuscha.wassmann@cambridgehub.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
Get involved
Applications are rolling.
To apply, you must currently be enrolled as a student at The University of Cambridge. You can apply to the programme via the Apply button at the top of this page.
Email Annuscha at annuscha.wassmann@cambridgehub.org for more details.
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