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Guidance for Volunteers in School

Thank you for the support you give to our school.  Your help makes a huge contribution to the quality of school experience our children enjoy every day.

These guidance notes have been produced to support helpers who work in our school.  We hope the information will make you more confident and comfortable when you come into school.

Helping in class

Most parents experience of working in school starts with helping out in their child's class.  Helping in school builds and reinforces the relationship between home and school.  Most parents try to help in some way when their child first starts school, only to find that they are unable to help when they are older.  This is just when we need your help!  If you are able to give some time to working with older children, please contact us.

It is not our intention to put you off working with children in our school, as I'm sure you appreciate, it is important that we raise your awareness on issues such as confidentiality and child welfare.

Helpers in school and legal duties

In any work with children, at school, parent helpers accept a duty of care.  However, when teachers welcome parents, students and helpers into our school we accept that staff must take reasonable steps to ensure that helpers take care of children's safety.  As a general rule, you will not be left in sole charge of children. We ask prospective volunteers to familiarise themselves with the Safeguarding Children Policy.

First Aid

There are children in school with a range of allergies and medical conditions.  In the case of children with nut allergies, all staff are trained in the use of an Epi-pen.  In an emergency, please seek the help of a member of staff immediately!  Anaphylactic shock must be treated urgently. You should not administer any first aid or medication.

Confidentiality

Whilst you are working in school you may become aware of confidential information about our children.  Confidentiality is vital to building trust between parents, staff and children.  Confidentiality protects you, it protects the child and their family; it gives peace of mind to all parents and it also maintains the professionalism of the school. Please respect this.  It is unacceptable to discuss anything relating to individual members of staff or children outside school.

Security

When you arrive at school, please use the main entrance and sign in at the school office, noting your time of arrival.  We need to know who is on our site in the event of an incident, such as fire practice.  You will be issued with a badge to wear during your time in our school.  Please return all badges and sign out when you leave at the end of your visit.

Fire

In the event of fire, evacuation procedures are displayed in the classrooms and in prominent positions around the school.  Please make yourself familiar with these.  In the case of a fire or fire drill the muster point is the Key Stage 1 playground.

When you are in school

The children will be expected to treat you as a member of staff.  Please expect and accept only the highest standards of behaviour from them.

 

Once again, thank you for helping us – we very much hope that you will enjoy the experience!