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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 Classrooms schemes

  • Achievement Coaches

    Achievement Coaches support secondary school pupils with their attainment and engagement with learning. Depending on the needs of your placement school, you will work with pupils to set goals and support them to achieve them through 1:1 and small group academic coaching, provide classroom assistance as directed by a member of school staff or a combination of both.

    By acting as a supportive role model, you will help pupils work towards personal learning and development goals and support them in developing skills and strategies to help them succeed in their exams. This programme is a 10 week placement where you will work 5-7 hours per week, depending on if you are undertaking digital or in person sessions with pupils. These hours can be flexible around your studies and other commitments, however it is preferable that you can undertake these hours over one day, or two half days per week. This is a paid opportunity and applications are welcome from both NTU and University of Nottingham students.

    Click here to view the Achievement Coach 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.

    Click here to view the Learning Advocate 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.

    Click here to view the Outreach Ambassador Job Description and Personal Specification

Important information for prospective applicants

Applications for 2021/22 are now closed.

Please be aware, placements are subject to the situation with Covid-19 and restrictions permitting and we cannot guarantee that it will be possible to deliver the programme for the 21-22 academic year. The safety of students, school staff and pupils is our priority.

The first stage of the application process involves an online situational judgement test. Applicants shortlisted from the situational judgement test will be invited to attend an assessment centre. Our assessment centres will take place 13 and 14 November, unfortunately no alternative assessment dates are available.

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

Successful applicants are then required to attend two full-day training sessions for their scheme;

One day in December and one day in January for the Learning Advocate and Achievement Coach schemes. Dates available for training are December 4 or 5 and January 8 or 9.

Outreach Ambassadors must attend training on 27 November and either December 4 or 5.

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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