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Brunel Students in Schools

The Brunel 'Students in Schools' programme places student volunteers in local schools, to help school children flourish and University students develop their personal and employability skills.

Students in Schools offers a unique opportunity to volunteer in a local primary school working alongside the class teacher. The scheme is open to students of all years and disciplines including postgraduates. 

Typically you will volunteer for about 2 hours a week over a 10 week period helping in a local primary school where you will support a teacher in a subject of your choice. You can be undergraduate or postgraduate and from any academic discipline. You can volunteer to help any age group, in any mainstream classroom subject within your own area of study or in other areas of interest to you such as art, music or sport.

International students can also choose to offer native language support to children whose first language is not English.  Past students have offered valuable 1:1 language support to children in a wide range of languages and. 

At the end of the scheme when you have completed your 10 visits you will qualify for the Students in Schools certificate and your achievement will also be recognised on your HEAR Transcript.

To enrol on the scheme you will need to complete a Students in Schools Application Form and attend a mandatory training course.  The course lasts about 2 hours and will give you an introduction to the scheme and what will be expected of you in the classroom. It will also cover some important things you’ll need to know when working with young people.

Student in Schools Training  Dates

  • Tuesday 8 November 2022, 2-4pm
  • Thursday 10 November 2022, 2-4pm

Register to be a Student in Schools Volunteer here

All volunteers will need to complete a DBS check before starting in schools.  The Brunel DBS team will help you with this process and to submit your application you will need to show 3 original and valid ID documents.  Any delays in completing your application may result in you missing out on a place in a school.  We therefore recommend that you read the additional information here to ensure you will have the right forms of ID in order to complete your check. A list of acceptable documents can be found here   

Students in Schools Volunteers will benefit from a unque and rewarding experience that provides opportunities to develop a variety of key transferrable skills as well as enhance their CV. 

On the completion of 10 visits to their school, volunteers will recieve the Student in Schools Certification which will be accredited to their HEAR Transcript. In addition to this, time spent volunteering as part of the programme will go towards the Brunel Volunteers Award.

Which schools can I volunteer at? 

There are currently 3 Primary Schools offering 'Students in Schools' places to Brunel Students

Colham Manor Primary School, Violet Avenue, Uxbridge, UB8 3PT

Harlyn Primary School, Tolcarne Drive, Pinner, HA5 2DR

Pinkwell Primary School, Pinkwell Lane, Hayes, UB3 1PG

Students will be matched with an appropriate school based on their personal preferences 

How often would I be expected to volunteer?   

Student in Schools Volunteers will typically visit their school on a weekly basis for 1-2 hours. Volunteers will need to complete a minimum of 10 visits to recieve the Brunel 'Students in Schools' Accreditation

What type of things will I be doing as a Students in Schools Volunteer?                                                                     

You could choose to help a child with their reading, explain maths equations to a small group, or help with an after school sports club. You can select to help in a variety of different ways and not necessarily within your University discipline.

Is the Student in Schools programme open to all students?                                                                                             

The Student in Schools programme is open to students of all years and disciplines including postgraduates

If you have any questions on the scheme or need any more information please email the Brunel Volunteers Team at brunelvolunteers@brunel.ac.uk