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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.

You can find further details of our schemes below and visit our Blog Page to read what students have to say about working for us.

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 hours per week, which can be flexible around your studies and other commitments. 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 or year group with 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 the delivery of NTU Outreach activities in school and on campus to pupils aged 9-18, 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. 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 are currently closed. Please be aware, although we are doing our upmost best to deliver placements starting January 2021, the situation with Covid-19 and it's restrictions is fluid and we cannot guarantee that this will be possible. The safety of students, school staff and pupils is our priority.

The first stage of the application process involves an online situational judgement test. Shortlisted applicants from the situational judgement test will be required to attend an assessment centre.

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.

Please note: 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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