Educational Projects

Educational Projects

SCA offers a wide variety of student-led educational projects. They’re a great way to make a visible difference and witness real development, and meet a range of new people.

Primary Schools

Teaching Assistants

This project allows you to volunteer as a teaching assistant with a year group of your choice, supporting the teacher with classroom activities. You may also help provide much needed one-to-one and small group support that greatly enhances the children’s learning. A range of primary schools are available in the area depending on age group choice, travel time and transport availability (travel costs are reimbursed). Fantastic for those interested in working with children, this is a popular project that provides great experience and enjoyment, as well as making a real difference to the children’s learning.

Where? Schools in and around Durham

When? A weekly basis – flexible, mutually agreed upon times

To get involved please email primaryschools.sca@durham.ac.uk.

Maths Club

Want to inspire children and help them gain confidence in maths? Looking for valuable teaching experience?

Maths Club runs weekly lunchtime or after school clubs, using puzzles and games to help local primary school children enhance their maths skills in a fun environment. You don’t have to be an expert or have done this before!

Further Maths Club works with A Level Further Maths students to support and develop their abilities.This project takes just a couple of hours a week and looks great on your CV!

Volunteers go in pairs or small groups to both sessions and you can benefit just as much as the children do. To sum it up, Maths Club and Further Maths Club are exciting and worthwhile projects with visible results.

Maths Club:

Where? Local primary schools

When? A couple of hours a week – flexible

To get involved please email - mathsclub.sca@durham.ac.uk

Further Maths Club:

Where? Framwellgate Secondary School

When? Wednesday afternoons

To get involved please email furthermaths.sca@durham.ac.uk

Brain Storm Science Club

Do you fancy being the next Brian Cox? Brain Storm Science Club runs ‘Science Fairs’ at local primary schools, where volunteers demonstrate experiments (e.g. baking soda volcanoes, DIY lava lamps) and educate the children on the concepts behind them. The project aims to remove the stigma that science is boring and promote STEM subjects to young children. The only requirements are that you are willing to volunteer a couple of hours a month, and bring your enthusiasm of science to the local schools!

Where? Local primary schools

When? Weekly sessions

To get involved please email scienceclub.sca@durham.ac.uk.

MFL Primary

Volunteers work in local primary schools and help pupils to develop their speaking skills, confidence and love of languages. Activities include one-to-one tutoring, clubs at lunchtime or after school and taster sessions. The languages most in demand are French, Spanish and German. However, we are always keen to introduce other languages, so if you are proficient in any language then we’d be delighted to hear from you!

GCSE level is usually required (if unsure please get in touch).

Where? Local primary schools

When? Flexible

To get involved please email mflprimary.sca@durham.ac.uk

Scholars into Schools

Are you an international student who would like to visit local schools to share information about your home country, culture and language? Working closely with Durham County Council, Scholars in Schools sends international students into schools to teach primary and secondary students about countries outside of their borders, teaching mutual respect and tolerance of those of different practices, faiths and beliefs. Sessions can be about languages, daily life or anything else you can think of! The volunteering programme initially takes the form of a half day visit, typically as a mini cultural festival, however we will also be able to organise special events such as Chinese New Year activities.

When? Wednesday 1-3pm
Where? Various locations

Sign up here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/experiencedurham/studentvolunteering/one-offs/sis/

Please email scholar.sca@durham.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Secondary Schools

Teaching Assistants

As a secondary school volunteer you’ll get the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant in a local school for one morning or afternoon per week. You can support a teacher with a subject and year group of your choice, getting the chance to give pupils much needed one-to-one or small group help, as well as assisting with whole class activities. Brilliant for anyone interested in teaching as a career, or anyone who loves working with teenagers!

Contact Kali-Rose at secondaryassistants.sca@durham.ac.uk

MFL Secondary

Interested in helping to promote languages in schools? The MFL Secondary Project runs weekly lunchtime and after school clubs for secondary school pupils, allowing them to discover a new side to language learning. Depending on arrangement between the schools and volunteers, sessions either build on the school curriculum through conversation clubs and help sessions, or avoid it entirely, giving pupils a chance to lean about a variety of different aspects relating to foreign cultures, such as food, music and traditions. The project is open to anyone interested in teaching any language; in the past volunteers have run clubs in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin, with taster sessions in Arabic and Russian. New languages are always welcome! Volunteers typically work in pairs or small groups, and are usually free to plan their own sessions, particularly in beginner languages. It’s a perfect opportunity to meet with local pupils, try out new activities and just generally share your enthusiasm for language learning.

Where? Local schools

When? Various weekdays- flexible

Contact Eszter and Jom at mflsecondary.sca@durham.ac.uk

Future First

This project aims to raise the aspirations of pupils for their future and help boost their academic achievement by providing support to Sixth Formers. It  involves university students going into schools on a weekly basis to encourage Year 12 & 13s to go into higher education, to provide mentoring sessions to students on both specific subjects and revision techniques, and help them with their UCAS application and personal statements.

Where? Local schools in the Durham area

When? Weekly

Contact Isabelle at futurefirst.sca@durham.ac.uk for more information.

Cyber Champions

Cyber Champions is an established not-for-profit organisation that delivers digital literacy and e-safety workshops to school pupils. The project teaches pupils to be digitally savvy through best practices, in a world of continually evolving cyber threats. The project consists of 1 hour workshops being delivered by volunteers to a range of age groups. The project provides a baseline level of digital personal safety knowledge, both for the students and volunteers.

Where? Local primary schools

When? Weekly – flexible

Contact Eloise at cyberchampions.sca@durham.ac.uk

Tutoring and Mentoring

One-to-One Tutoring

An incredibly popular and rewarding project, one-to-one tutoring pairs volunteers with pupils from local schools for weekly tutoring sessions. As well as greatly enhancing the pupils’ academic development, grades and aspirations, it gives both the pupils and volunteers greater confidence and skills. You will be allocated a suitable pupil according to your desired subject and level (usually GCSE or A-level), after which you can tailor sessions to the pupil’s needs and your own timetable.

Where? The Law School, Durham University

When? Mon-Thurs, 7pm-8pm

To sign up to tutor children in the local community please click HERE.

To get involved please email tutoring.sca@durham.ac.uk or ring 01913341797 for more information.

Sixth Form Tutoring

This project involves tutoring sixth form students at our nearby Durham Sixth Form Centre. Volunteers will be paired with students, teaching them a specific subject alongside helping to guide them through the UCAS process. Tutoring with us is very flexible and once you’re matched with a tutee you can arrange a time that works best for both of you. This is a great project which can be really fun!

Where? Durham Sixth Form Centre

When? Weekly – flexible

To get involved please email sixthform.sca@durham.ac.uk

Students 4 Students

Our aim is to educate young children and help them achieve their full potential, and empower young adults. We provide completely free one-to-one tutoring services from University students to primary school children in need. We’re committed to integrating communities and inspiring children, by Students, 4 Students. Join us to make a difference!

If you are interested, please sign up using this link: https://www.students4students.org.uk/contact#apply

Please email chair.durham@students4students.org.uk if you have any queries.

Specialist School Projects

Teaching Assistants

Villa Real is a mixed day school for pupils aged from 2 to 19 years who have learning difficulties and disabilities. Volunteers work with staff on a regular basis offering support in the classroom for a morning or afternoon each week. Classroom-based activities include reading, playing music and other specific one-off events at the school. Brilliant for anyone who wants experience working in a special school.

Where? Villa Real School, Consett (transport reimbursed)

When? One morning or afternoon per week – flexible

To get involved please email specialistschools.sca@durham.ac.uk