We welcome students and volunteers into Waverley school. These people are highly valued and welcomed into our School. We recognise that through our work with students and volunteers, we are fulfilling our inclusion role. As a result of placement in our school students or volunteers have a much better understanding of our children and of all children with additional needs in our communities. Many of our previous volunteers are now employed as Teaching Assistants at our school and other local schools.
All our students and volunteers are requested to have a full (Disclosure Barring Service) DBS check before entering the school. Students on placement need a valid DBS from their college/university to be viewed by the Student and Volunteers co-ordinator before starting their placement unless they are aged 14 to 16, in which case a DBS is not required but a declaration from their school will be obtained. Volunteers are also required to have 2 references from known professionals, before being accepted into the school. Volunteers should present their ID on their first day of work.
We run an induction period for students and volunteers to attend before working with our children. This is run every half term for 2 hours. The induction consists of completing all the necessary safeguarding forms and declarations, collecting documentation for DBS checks, an overview of Waverley School, a health and safety induction, information on the communicative, physical, and emotional needs of our pupils, and a tour of the school. If the induction period is successful, all the necessary checks have been made and if all concerned think Waverley School is a suitable place, then placement and period of volunteering can commence. Students accessing a placement are aged 14-16 (when completing a one-week placement sponsored by their secondary schools), 16+ (when completing a placement as part of an A level or BTEC, sponsored by their secondary school or college, that could last up to 100 hours), over 18 (when completing a placement as part of a college course or teacher training). All volunteers are aged over 17.
All volunteers are requested to have a full (Disclosure Barring Service) DBS check before entering the school this entails a cost of £40 for volunteers.
Volunteering at Waverley School offers a fantastic source of work experience for those considering a career in teaching or working with young people. It is also a great way to develop communication skills that are valued by all employers, whether working with young people or not.
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