All members of the Sixth Form are required to designate one session per week to help in the life of the school or the wider community. Examples include helping younger students with reading, assisting classroom teachers, helping in the library or reprographics departments or supporting staff with administrative tasks. Community Leadership can also take place outside the school, for example at a local primary school or an out of school club.
Previous Community Placements include:
- Helping out in a Year 7 or 8 lesson
- Buddying a year 7 or 8 tutor group
- Acting as a subject mentor
- Helping out with Year 7 Induction
- Acting as a Sixth Form subject mentor
- Helping out with an after-school revision club for Y11 students
- Leading a sports team or practice session
- Helping out at a local Primary School
- Helping out at a local Youth Club
- Leading a Brownie or Cub Pack
So how do you get a placement?
- Discuss your ideas with your tutor, parent(s) and friends. Ideally, your placement should help support a future job or university application. What do these people think would be a good placement?
- Once you have a sound idea contact the relevant person in person or by letter. Outline what you would like to do and why you would like to do it. Let them know that this would, ideally, be for an hour a week (unless you want to devote more time to it).
- If this person agrees you should then let your tutor know what you will be doing, when and with whom. If the placement is external to Abbeyfield we need to know that you will be safe and insured.
- You are now ready to start. Good Luck!
Previous students' comments on their Community Leadership Placements:
"I have helped Year 5 children at my old Primary School to improve their reading skills. I have helped with activities at my senior school, including Parents' Evenings and new students' induction days. These activities improved my ability to communicate with different age groups".
"I chose to work alongside my dance teacher assisting classes of 12 - 15 year olds where I learnt many new techniques of how to work with younger students".
"Currently I am attending a local Primary School on a weekly basis as a classroom assistant. I am analysing the behaviour of the children and the various teaching techniques. This has made me aware that controlling a class of thirty children can be quite difficult but with the correct approach and patience this can be done. I am enjoying this experience and the primary teachers have commented on my natural teaching flair and confident handling of the pupils".
"For Community Leadership I attended a local infant school where I worked with children between the ages of 5 and 7. I spent time helping them with their school activities such as learning about measurements, artwork and reading. I thoroughly enjoyed working with them. This helped me to get experience of what teaching is like in a real school setting. The experience I gained while working with young children has given me great knowledge and understanding of what goes on in the classroom".