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How the 'Students in Schools' scheme works

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

sr_SIS_pic5Overseas 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 including Greek, Arabic, Mandarin, Thai, Urdu Hungarian, Spanish and Romanian.  Last year several Arabic speakers were able to offer support to a group of Syrian refugees.

Many of our students enjoy their experience in school so much that they arrange to stay on beyond the 10 weeks.

At the end of the scheme when you have completed a your 10 visits you will qualify for the 'Students in School' certificate and your achievement will also be recognised on your degree transcript.

Most students volunteer to participate in the Autumn and Spring terms although we also have some volunteers in schools in September. We are currently recruiting volunteers for 2017 - 18 and the first volunteers will start in school in mid October.


If you want to participate in the 'Students in School' scheme you must attend a mandatory training course. This 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 things you'll need to know when working with children and teenagers.

Training Dates for 2017 -18

Wednesday 27 September  2 - - Palmer 109

Wednesday 4 October  2 - 4 pm - Palmer 102

Thursday 5 October  6:30 - 8:30 pm- Palmer 102

Wednesday 18 October 2. - - Agriculture 1L08

Wednesday 29  November 2 - 4pm - Chancellors G04

Thursday 30 November 6:30 - 8:30pm - Palmer 109

Wednesday 10 January 2 - 4pm - Palmer 103

Thursday 11 January 5 - 7 pm - Palmer 103

Apply now and Book a Training Course

If you need to change an existing booking for a training course :you can do so here

Change a Training Course Booking


 Returning Volunteers


If you are a returning volunteer you will not need to attend another training course and can attend the priority 'school selection' session on Thursday 28 September to choose your school.

Details of this event will be sent to you at the start of the autumn term.

How to Apply

To enrol on the scheme you will need to complete a 'Students in School' application form, attend a training course and submit a DBS check application.

You can apply and book your training course now and find out what you will need to do for your DBS check.

Application and Training Course Booking


DBS checks

All schools require student volunteers to submit a DBS check before starting their placement. To complete and submit your application you will need to show us 3 original and valid ID documents.

Any delays in completing your application may result n you losing your place in a school.  We therefore recommend that you read the additional information here to ensure you will have the right forms of ID with you in Reading.

More info on DBS checks


If you are participating in the RED Award then both the 'Students in Schools' training course and your time spent in school will count as training or volunteering hours towards your award. Please note you will need to sign the 'Students in School' register each time you visit your school so that we can validate the number of hours you have spent in school.

When you have completed the required number of visits will qualify for your 'Students in School' Certificate and your achievement will be recognised on your degree transcript.

More Information

If you have any questions on the scheme or need any more information please email Judy MacDevitt at

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Students in Schools

Room 1:10

Miller Building


University of Reading


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0118 378 6144

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Students in Schools co-ordinator

Judy MacDevitt
Students in Schools

  • Office Hours

Mon - Thurs
9.30 - 4.00pm





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See also

Students in School Information leaflet


Star volunteers help to bridge divides


Students help refugees learn English


5,000th Student



2017 - 18 Training Dates

Wed 27 Sep - 2-4pm

Wed 4 Oct - 2-4pm

Thu 5 Oct - 6.30-8.30pm

Wed 18 Oct  - 2-4pm

Wed 29 Nov -2-4pm

Thu 30 Nov - 6.30-8.30pm

Wed 10 Jan - 2-4pm

Thu 11 Jan - 5-7pm


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