Students in Schools - Information for Schools

How the 'Students in Schools' scheme works

The Students in Schools scheme is a volunteering programme in which our students volunteer to spend time helping out in local schools. Typically they will make 10 weekly visits of 1 or 2 hours although many students do stay longer.

When your school decides to participate in the 'Students in School ' scheme you will be asked nominate to a 'link' teacher who will be the main point of contact between the University and your school. Your link teacher will co-ordinate and submit your school's requests for volunteers.

Students in Class

All our volunteers attend a mandatory training course. When they have given us their availability and any subject or age range preferences we allocate them to an appropriate school.. Wherever possible we try and allocate them at the same time as one or more other students so they can give each other some moral support.

The students will be undergraduate or postgraduate, from any discipline and often help in subjects outside their area of study such as art, music, sport or general literacy. 

Many overseas students also offer native language support to children whose first language is not English as well as bringing a different cultural perspective to the classroom. Recent students have provided support in a wide range of languages including Mandarin, Greek, Arabic, Romanian, Thai, Hungarian, Spanish, Urdu and Russian.

When the scheme operates

Most students volunteer to participate in the Autumn and Spring terms. We do not recruit students for the summer term because of exams however some volunteers will still be in schools during the summer term.  

DBS Checks

We will submit DBS checks for all students before they start in a school. Most schools are happy to accept students under their 'Visitors policy' once their application has been submitted and pending their certificate being issued.  You will need to notify us if this is not acceptable in your school.

How we notify you of your volunteers

After students have provided us with their preferences,  submitted their DBS application, or shown us an existing DBS certificate they will be allocated to a school and a specific lesson or time block.

We will then provide you with a detailed list of your volunteers and a proposed start date.  We do ask you to confirm these start dates as quickly as possible so we can find alternatives if they are not suitable.

If your school would like to participate next year or if you are considering it please register your interest here and we will keep in touch about the scheme.

Register your school for 2018 - 19

Submit your requests

The deadline for submitting your schools' requests is Friday 21 September 2018 although we would appreciate them sooner if possible. We will continue to take requests after this date although it may be less likely that we will be able to find you a suitable volunteer(s).

You can use the appropriate spreadsheet below to submit your requests:-

Primary School Request Form

Secondary School Request Form

Special School Requests

If you would prefer to submit your requests by email please make sure you provide all the information listed below.  The information that we need is:-

Subject / Help required
Day of the Week
Period or time preferences
Year Group

plus any additional information which may help us find you the most suitable volunteers. 

More Information

If you have any questions or would like any more information we would be happy to visit you or to have a phone or email conversation. Please contact Judy MacDevitt on 0118 378 6144 or at 


Things to do now

Register Now

  • Contact us

Students in Schools

Admissions Office

Miller Building


University of Reading


  • Tel

0118 378 6144

  • email

Students in Schools co-ordinator

Judy MacDevitt
Students in Schools

  • Office Hours

Mon - Thurs
9.30 - 4.00pm





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All participating schools will have access to our online volunteer records. 

Each school will be notified when they have been allocated their first student(s) and their volunteer records are live.


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