Volunteers – Learn More
- Why get involved?
- 10 steps for Volunteers to get involved!
Why should you become a Number Partner?
Volunteering as a Number Partner provides many benefits to volunteers, including:
- Contributing to the achievements of young people
- Encouraging young people to have fun with numbers and enjoy learning
- Collaborating with colleagues on a worthwhile project
- Doing something positive at lunch time.
- Developing interpersonal and communication skills
- Practising flexibility and patience
- Doing something fun and different
Sounds interesting – what can I do next?
Click on the link below to see a step-by-step guide on how to get involved with Number Partners.Get Involved
Each group of volunteers tend to be led by a Volunteer Coordinator at their company or university who takes the lead in making sure everything runs smoothly. However, you may be able to visit your local school as an independent volunteer. These 10 easy steps can help;
Register with Number Partners.
You will then be able to access information, resources and training online and well as signing up to receive updates by email.
Find a local school to link with.
If you would like support with finding a school, you could contact your local Education Business Partnership Organisation, Local Education Authority, or ask a local volunteer organisation if they can support you.
Ask the school to identify a member of staff to be the School Coordinator.
This may be a class teacher, the numeracy coordinator or the member of staff responsible for other business partnerships.
Meet with the School Coordinator.
Establish the key details of how the programme will run using this agenda. This is a good opportunity to decide where and when the sessions will happen. You could also discuss which young people will take part and what games and resources you will use. Make sure you ask how to organise DBS checks (criminal record screening); the school will usually do this unless you are supported by a broker organisation.
Spread the word.
Number Partners schemes work well when a group of volunteers visit a school together. You could try and recruit others to go with you by putting up a poster in your place of work, customising this eflyer, or sharing information in newsletters or community meetings. They may wish to know more, so pass on our website address and the Volunteer Handbook.
Complete your DBS form and training.
Familiarise yourself with the resources on the Number Partners website, and complete the online training by reading the information and answering the self-assessment questions. Print a Volunteer Handbook and your Number Partners certificate, and take these along to your first session at the school along with your DBS certificate.
Arrange an Induction Session at the school
An Induction Session is an opportunity for volunteers to meet each other and their pupils, and have a brief tour of the school. The School Co-ordinator could follow this agenda and share the practicalities, talk about the games and resources, basic mental maths strategies, tips on working with children and give some guidance on safeguarding.
Check the details
Ask the school to provide some details on the pupils you will be partnered with, and confirm the day and times of the sessions. Make sure you know the school term dates including any planned trips and training days that may mean your pupil is not in school.
The scheme begins!
Either you or your Volunteer Coordinator should contact the school on the day of each session to find out if any young people are absent, and confirm that you will be attending.
Review the scheme
Meet with the School Coordinator for a termly review of the practicalities, resources, progress of the young people and any other issues. The School Coordinator will be able to share the school’s perspective.