- Last Updated on Sunday, 18 January 2015 16:09
Parent helpers and are an invaluable part of our primary teaching. We try to ensure that each class has at least one such assistant, who works under the supervision of the class teacher. Assistants are never in charge of the whole class, but may work with small groups and individuals, as well as helping the teacher in managing the whole class.
Our parent helpers support us in many different ways and below are some examples of tasks carried out. In practice, a working relationship is quickly established with the teacher where parent helpers look to see what needs doing and take the initiative. As much as possible, we ask assistants to undertake to be regularly available for the whole of Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday afternoon, from 1:45pm until 4:40pm.
Examples of tasks
- recording library book loans and returns
- selecting reading books
- putting up displays
- working with and supporting individuals/groups
- hearing pupils read
- marking spellings
- accompanying pupils to the toilet
- leading groups around the school
- helping prepare for the assembly
You do not need to be a primary parent or a native English speaker and no previous experience is necessary. Our parent helpers tend to find the experience an extremely rewarding one.