If you are a parent, you will have lots of questions:
How can I support my child at school?
How can my church support me as a parent?
…But where can you go for answers? Have a look at our Any Questions section for some in-depth advice.
Volunteering at School
Schools need your involvement like never before. Why?
Mainly because Curriculum for Excellence challenges schools to re-think what learning is all about – and in a much better way than ever before. All schools now realise (or should realise) that the old African proverb is 100% correct: it takes a whole village/community to educate a child!
Skilled as they are, teachers can’t do everything. If you, as a Parent or Volunteer, offer the right sorts of support, most schools will only too keen to welcome you in – not just to help in the Scripture Union or other lunchtime activity, but to help on school trips and even sometimes in the classroom.
Open our Toolbox
There are other helpful sites to look at too:
- A superb site with lots of practical ideas is “Serve your Local School” http://www.syls.org.uk/
- If you’d like to support a lunchtime club (or even start one!) go to http://www.suscotland.org.uk/volunteers-and-training/your-options/schools-work/ It has other good ideas as well.
- If you’re a parent of a school-age child/young person, you certainly need to look at Parentzone http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/parentzone/ It has a lot of advice about how to help your own child at home, and also at school.
- If your child is at Primary School, he/she may really like seeing you volunteering around theschool. That won’t necessarily be the case in secondary school, of course, so what are the options? What about volunteering for your local school’s Parent Council? This is a great way to support a school, and pretty often they really need new volunteers. To find out more, look at http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/parentzone/gettinginvolved/parentcouncils/index.asp or http://www.sptc.info/
If you’re already an experienced Volunteer, our Resources section is probably where you'll want to start. Are you involved with Assemblies a lunchtime club...maybe other parts of school life as well? There are 100s of resources to look at and download.
What should I be doing (or avoiding)?
You can serve a school in lots of practical ways, but what should you avoid doing?
Of course we go into schools to be a blessing, not to evangelise. But what does that mean in practice? What are the boundaries you mustn’t cross? The Permissions and Boundaries section links to key guidance that every Parent or Volunteer should understand and follow.
More in-depth reading
Try to wade through the 1000s of pages of guidance for teachers published by Education Scotland, and you’ll lose the will to live! But you definitely need to understand the big ideas, so make sure to look at our Survey of Relevant Themes within Curriculum for Excellence
Once you show you understand where the school is coming from, they are much more likely to welcome your input. Scotland rightly takes pride in its system of liberal education: schools give children and young people the information, experiences and critical tools to make decisions and choices for themselves. By volunteering, you can help them make these choices for themselves:
Children and young people must become aware that beliefs and values are fundamental to families and to the fabric of society in communities, local and global. There is an intrinsic value in learning about religion as well as learning from religion..... Children and young people should be given opportunities to participate in service to others and to meet people who show their faith in action1.
1(Education Scotland: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/Images/rme_principles_practice_tcm4-540203.pdf )