Case Studies

Sarah Placzek

Ashleigh Coney

I volunteered at St Peters Primary School in Redcar. My day consisted of supporting children both in groups and individually who were in Year One. I assisted with all subjects across the Key Stage One Curriculum; Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Art.

The organisation had a direct link to the course I was studying and allowed me to apply some of the theory I was learning into my practice. I wanted to gain some experience within the sector, which helped me be sure that this was the career path I wanted to follow.

Through my volunteering I have learnt skills I will need to gain employment in the education sector. At a school level, I have learnt behaviour management skills, inclusion strategies and the workings of day-to-day life within schools. On a personal level, I have improved my confidence when working with children and have been able to reflect on my own practice in order to improve the learning of the children I have been working with.

I enjoyed helping the children learn new knowledge and skills, which helped them become enthusiastic about their own learning. Being able to see that I was making a difference to their understanding, learning and development further helped me to see that this was the area I wanted to work in, in the future.

Volunteering has not only helped the organisation I was working with, but it has also been crucial to my personal development by helping develop my confidence and skills that I will need in order to hopefully start a career in the sector. I would advise everyone to go and try it, there is nothing to lose, but a lot to gain!

Having just completed my course with first class honours, I am now going on to studying for a MA with Teesside University. Volunteering has boosted my application to get on this course and I believe has helped me secure a place.