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Students in Classrooms

Are you a student at Nottingham Trent University or the University of Nottingham? Could you be a positive role model for young people considering higher education?

Outreach Ambassador talking to pupils at an NTU campus Outreach event

Make a difference to the lives of young people in Nottinghamshire

Now more than ever, we know the importance of helping others and addressing issues in society. Recent events have disrupted the education of young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds have been affected most.

Our three Students in Classrooms schemes provide support for disadvantaged children and young people in local schools and colleges. By taking part, you will act as a positive role model, supporting pupil attainment and personal development, whilst increasing awareness of higher education and the opportunities it can offer. Whatever your future career plans, our schemes will look great on your CV, enhance your employability and enrich your university experience.

Students in Classroom schemes

Achievement Coaches

Achievement Coaches support secondary school pupils with their attainment and engagement with learning. School pupils are experiencing extraordinary challenges and learning loss because of the pandemic. By Autumn 2021, pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds were 3.5 months behind expected levels in reading. (RL & EPI, 2022)

By acting as a supportive role model, you will work with pupils on a programme centred around literacy to develop their reading (which is described by Ofsted ‘the gateway to learning’) and writing skills. This programme is a 10-week placement based in school between January and April where you will up to 7 hours per week. It is preferable that you can undertake the hours over one day or two half days per week. This is a paid opportunity and applications are welcome from both Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham students.

Achievement Coaches job description and person specification

Learning Advocates

Learning Advocates provide classroom support for pupils and teachers in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County primary schools. As a Learning Advocate, you will inspire and motivate pupils to learn and realise their potential, whilst supporting attainment. You will work in a school, either supporting a specific class and teacher. There is also the opportunity to offer support to extra curricular activities.

This programme is a 10-week placement where you will work up to 7 hours per week. This is a paid opportunity and applications are welcome from both Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham students.

For NTU students returning as Learning Advocates, you will have the opportunity to extend your experience in an additional role and express your interest to be a Children’s University Advocate.  This role will support the admin needs and some delivery of educational activities for Yr 5 pupils in selected schools.

Learning Advocates job description and person specification

Outreach Ambassadors

Outreach Ambassadors support a wide range of projects across the Centre for Student and Community Engagement. The projects and activities Outreach Ambassadors support take place in school and on campus to pupils aged 9-18 and to young people transitioning into Higher Education. By leading groups and sharing their own educational experience Outreach Ambassadors embody key characteristics such as resilience, enthusiasm and positivity towards education and use this to act as a role model for young people. Work is available on a casual basis, however there is a minimum commitment throughout the academic year of 20 hours. This is a paid opportunity currently offered to NTU students only.

Outreach Ambassadors job description and person specification

Important information for prospective applicants

Applications open on Monday 19 September 2022 and close at midday on Monday 17 October 2022.

Assessment centres:

Our assessment centre will take place on 29 and 30 October (approximately 9:00 – 16:00).

You can get support in preparing for these assessments through NTU Employability or UoN Careers and Employability Service.

Training sessions:

Successful applicants are then required to attend two, compulsory, full-day training sessions for their scheme as follows:

Training 1 (all schemes):

  • All schemes must attend one day training session on either Saturday 12 or Sunday 13 November 2022 (approximately 9:00 – 16:00).

Training 2 (scheme specific):

  • Primary Learning Advocates and Achievement Coaches must attend a one day training session on either Saturday 3 or 4 December 2022 (approximately 9:00 - 16:00)
  • Outreach Ambassadors must attend the one day training session on Saturday 3 December (approximately 9:00 – 16:00).

Please Note: Attendance at training sessions is paid and compulsory.

If you are unable to attend the training sessions, we cannot take your application forward.

Due to the nature of these roles, you will be required to undertake a DBS check and provide references to ascertain your suitability to work with children. You will also be required to register with your university's branch of Unitemps.

Sophie, Learning Advocate

One of the best things about being a learning advocate is the sheer flexibility of the role, for me there was never a dull moment, and each week brought different activities and different challenges.

Matthew, Achievement Coach

From the first training days I remember enjoying the fun and personal (yet still efficient and effective) character of the organisation. I had a great time getting to meet new and interesting people, as well as learning and developing cool skills.

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