As a volunteer, what training will I have?
You will receive Classroom Ethics and Safeguarding Awareness training, which is designed to prepare you for the classroom environment, including safeguarding considerations to be aware of when volunteering. The classroom delivery is facilitated by the downloadable How-To Guide & Activity Sheets (in some courses, a powerpoint is also available to support learning). These contain all you need to take the students through the tasks and inspire them to learn about finance.
How will I manage a class of 30 students?
Relax, smile and be yourself. Think of yourself as a mentor or facilitator, asking thoughtful questions to promote discussion and sharing learnings. The tasks are designed to be interactive and in some cases, to promote student-led discussion. The classroom teacher is there to support you, and will take responsibility for behaviour in the classroom.
What if I run over the prescribed time for the task?
Careful planning and familiarisation of the How-To Guide will allow you the best chance of keeping to time. Some students will speed through, some may struggle with some tasks and it can be difficult to support many groups. You can fill a gap with elaboration on a discussion point, a question and answer session, or you could miss one task to shorten the delivery. In all cases, you must allocate the last 5 minutes to a final reflection and evaluation exercise.
Will I require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check?
No, volunteers within schools should be supervised at all times. It is your responsibility to ensure you are not left alone with children & young people.
How can I get involved?
Please contact your local school to ascertain whether they would like a class time session. Once you have secured a possible year group and date, please ‘request resources’ from one of the courses.
How can I feedback on the course?
Post volunteering, you will be asked to complete an online evaluation form via the Money Minds website. This will be your evaluation and the students’ evaluation.