April 28, 2023

4 reasons to volunteer at your child’s school

As a parent, there is much you can do to support your child’s education. 

You can help them with their homework, attend parent-evening nights, and if they are lagging behind in a particular subject, you can help your child catch up with their schooling at home.

If you have the time, you could also volunteer at their school. Below are some of the reasons why you might consider this option. 

volunteering at your child's school pile of books with a cup on top

1. You can find out what your child is learning

Does your child open up to you when you ask them what they have been learning? Or do they clam up and tell you nothing about their school day? For many parents, the latter is true, but if you volunteer in your child’s classroom, you will be able to see what your child is studying first-hand. This will allow you to be better prepared when helping your child with their homework and you could also extend their learning by finding things to do at home that complement the school curriculum. 

2. You can support your child’s teacher

Your child’s teacher might be fantastic at what they do but the help they give to their pupils might be limited if they don’t have an extra pair of hands to help them during the school day. As such, your help could be invaluable. You could help those children that are in danger of falling behind or give the teacher the opportunity to do the same if you’re tasked with working with the most able children. 

3. You might have fun

Most teachers spend a lot of time making sure their lessons are enjoyable as they know they need to capture their pupil’s interests and attention, so a day in the classroom might not be as dull as you imagine. You’ll be able to take part in the activities that the teacher has organised, which will include activities outside of the classroom, such as trips to local places of interest.

 You might even get to go on school trips to France and other places outside of the UK if the school has the budget and you’re able to join them, so declare your interest early to ensure you get picked to go!

4. You can bring your talents into the classroom

If you have a particular skill, it might be that your child’s school has a need for somebody like you. Perhaps you’re a talented musician who can teach children how to sing or how to play a particular musical instrument. Or you might have skills in cooking, needlecraft, swimming, drama, or another subject where your talents could be put to good use if the school has a shortage of staff in these areas. You could make a real difference in children’s lives if you teach them something new, so never assume your skills won’t be needed. 

These are just some of the reasons why you might consider volunteering at your child’s school. Could it be something you could do? If you don’t have a fear of returning to school, you may experience some of the benefits that we have outlined in this article. 

Thanks for reading xxx

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