Schools Plus helps young people to achieve their academic potential by placing university students into local schools to tutor in lessons and lead clubs.
What is Schools Plus?
Schools Plus is a national Student Hubs programme and has been running in Southampton since 2012. It aims to tackle educational disadvantage by sending students in to local schools to tutor in teacher-led lessons, or tutor in student-led breakfast/lunch/after school clubs for children in curriculum or non-curriculum areas.
Examples of these two types of placements in action are supporting A Level Business students at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College in their lessons (teacher-led tutoring), or running a debating club at Swaythling Primary School (student-led club).
We offer a variety of different placements in our local partner schools. Placements are offered at Swaythling Primary School, St Deny’s Primary School, Foundry Lane Primary School, Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill, St George Catholic College, Richard Taunton Sixth Form College and City College Southampton.
Our volunteers support with English, Maths, Science, Business, Geography, reading, debating, coaching, and much more! All projects take place Monday-Friday between 8:30am-4:30pm and are selected based on preference and availability.
We expect at least one term of volunteering, which typically involves 1-2 hours a week of volunteering during 6 weeks of a term, with an induction before your placement starts. Most volunteers continue into semester two, although you may choose to swap placement to a different school or location in the second semester.
Skills and employability
Communication, teamwork, leadership, adaptability, time management, safeguarding, school liaison, behaviour management, tutoring, academic support, pastoral support and working with external staff are all skills you will gain by taking part in Schools Plus. This volunteering opportunity is excellent for anyone who wants experience working in schools and with young people, or is exploring a career in education/youth work.
Training and support
All of our programmes are supported by students and staff. As part of Schools Plus, you will have sub-committee members, the Schools Plus Coordinator (Holly Smeeton), and the staff team (Southampton Hub Programmes Manager) to speak to.
The Coordinator and staff team will be leading on your selection workshop, initial training and additional training provision (behaviour management, routes into education etc) throughout your placement, as well as any issues with your school placements. The staff team will be in touch with you during your placement to get mid-year and end of year feedback, which is required from all volunteers.
Schools Plus is committed to being an inclusive programme, and encourages all students to get involved. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, selection workshops, training sessions, your volunteering placement, 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 if you want to disclose a disability or special educational needs, please do get in touch with Sophie at email@example.com and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
Volunteering with Schools Plus won't cost you
We reimburse all Southampton Hub volunteers' travel expenses, including bus and car travel, throughout the project.
Why not volunteer with a friend?
Volunteering for Southampton Hub is social and you'll have the chance to meet many like-minded people, but why not ask a friend to sign up with you too?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to answer any questions and direct you to the Schools Plus committee for any further help and support.
You can also check out similar projects, such as Libraries Plus, over on our What's On page.