Volunteering in Schools

Volunteering in schools SRO

We are recruiting passionate, committed and enthusiastic students to take part in our Volunteering in Schools programmes! 

The Outreach Team at Aston provide opportunities for students to undertake outreach work in local primary and secondary schools. 

Our programmes are a great way to give back to the local community whilst enhancing your university experience, developing your leadership skills and making you more employable. 

Interested and want to learn more? Sign up to one of our information sessions below:

  • Wed 11 Oct, 1-2pm, G63
  • Fri 13 Oct, 1-2pm, MB550
  • Wed 18 Oct, 1-2pm, MB664
  • Thurs 19 Oct, 1-2pm, Wright lecture theatre 

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Volunteering in Schools

There are 2 programmes available for this academic year: 

What is Reading Stars?

Reading Stars is a volunteering scheme where students support primary and secondary school pupils (Years 5 – 9) with their reading. Reading is such an important skill in life; you could play a part in helping learners develop their reading abilities.

What do Reading Buddies do?

If you take part in this scheme, you will be placed in local primary or secondary school where you will work either on a one-to-one basis or in small groups, helping learners with their reading.  

You will receive comprehensive training to cover techniques you can use and guidance on how to run the sessions.  

Specific content of the sessions is set out by the individual schools and you may work with different learners and/or on different tasks each week.

When would I be volunteering?

The Reading Stars programme lasts for 10 weeks and you will be in the school for around 2 hours each week. Student volunteers are expected to commit to the full 10 weeks in order to complete the scheme and qualify for certification. We individually match you to a school based on your availability and never ask you to miss lectures to attend sessions.

Where would I be volunteering?

Aston University has strong links with local primary and secondary schools. The Outreach team will individually match you to a school that is within easy travelling distance from the university or, if you live at home, from there. We try not to place volunteers anywhere that would take you more than half an hour to get to on public transport, and many schools are much closer than this. All public transport expenses are reimbursed so you won't be out of pocket for dedicating your time to volunteering.

What is ‘Boost!’?

Boost! is a highly rewarding volunteering programme where Aston University students volunteer a morning or afternoon a week for 10 weeks in a local secondary or post 16 school. Working with students in years 10-13 across a full range of exam classes, our volunteers aim to boost the self-confidence, motivation and attainment of the young people they work with.

What do Student Tutors do?

Taking direction from the classroom teacher, Boost! volunteers provide additional support or challenge for up to 6 pupils per class over an 8 – 12 week period. 

The core aims of the programme are to: 

  1. boost pupils’ self confidence 
  2. boost pupils’ motivation 
  3. boost pupils’ attainment 
When would I be volunteering?Student Tutors are expected to complete 10 half-day sessions or more in order to complete the scheme and qualify for certification. We ask Student Tutors to volunteer around 2 hours a week for 10 weeks. Student Tutors are matched to a school based on your subject expertise. 


Where will I be volunteering?

Aston University has strong links with Secondary and Post 16 Schools in the local community. The Outreach team will use a range of different techniques (distance, degree subject, etc.) to match you to the school that you will work with throughout your voluntary experience. We will reimburse your public transport expenses so you don’t have to pay anything to volunteer.

The schemes have been running for several years at Aston University.

There are numerous benefits for volunteering, including: 

  • Making a positive difference to the children in the local community
  • Enhance your University experience
  • Improve your communication skills with different groups of people
  • Improve your career prospects 

Many of the schools we work with really need support in giving children one-to-one support with reading. This can make a huge difference to the children's achievement and progress.

Previous students have described their time on the schemes as: 

  • Rewarding
  • Good work experience and a great way to develop employability skills
  • Fun!
All volunteers will receive a University certificate which will acknowledge students volunteering contributions.  Your volunteering hours will also be added to your student record.

Volunteers are invited to the annual Outreach celebration lunch which takes place in May. We also encourage all students to register their volunteering hours with Changemakers and the 'V' Award, which is a nationally recognised award.

Most importantly, you will make a difference to schools and young people in the community and help them achieve their full potential.

Student Testimonies


‘I am so glad I was able to take on this opportunity and definitely hope to continue with something similar in the near future before applying for the scheme again next year. Thanks Outreach team!’

Amy Evans-Rayner 
First Year Psychology student

Amrita SRO

‘I have used the Numeracy into Schools project as an example in several interviews as it demonstrates my willingness to help others as well as my communication and teaching skills.’

Amrita Ahluwalia 
Second Year Accounting for Management student