Language Buddy / Teaching Assistant at Burntwood School

Volunteers Needed

We have some lovely students who are new to English, and new to education, some of whom arrive in years 8 and 9.They have a huge mountain to climb to quickly improve their English  to be able to get as much as possible from their lessons. Their teachers try hard to make the work accessible for them, but they need lots of extra support to become effective learners and confident young people.
You will be working in small groups or 1 to 1 on activities set by the teachers, translating key words into the home language, accompanying the students to classes to offer additional explanations of the classwork, and other activities supporting the students and their teachers.
We hope that you will be able to come for 1 or more days a week during school hours, for 2 terms or even better for longer so that you can build mutually beneficial relationships with the girls you help

Benefits to the Volunteer;
Experience working with young people, seeing them grow in skills and confidence.
Be part of a team of enthusiastic professionals
Improve your range of teaching and mentoring skills and experience of second language work
A Certificate of Participation to aid career progression


Skills & Qualifications

Ideally you should speak Urdu, Pashtu, Somali, German or Portuguese or Polish . but this is not necessary at all and English only speakers are welcome

To be literate and fluent in that language and English

To have good communication skills

Experience working with young people

To be able to use basic computer software

To have an understanding of the educational and cultural needs of the newly arrived student

To be willing to learn and be adaptable and happy to use your own initiative on occasions