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Volunteer with one of our partners

Volunteer with one of our partners

Applicants for our Leadership Development Programme often ask if we can recommend any volunteering opportunities that may help them develop their skills and strengthen their application.

Below are volunteering opportunities with organisations we work with, all of which are committed to our vision. Please contact these initiatives directly to find out more, but make sure to mention that you heard about them through Teach First.

Many of the opportunities listed in this directory have been established by Teach First ambassadors (alumni of our Leadership Development Programme) who have identified a problem within the context of educational inequality and created a social enterprise to tackle it.

Please note, successfully working with these organisations does not guarantee a place on the Leadership Development Programme.

Action Tutoring

Action Tutoring is an educational charity supporting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve at GCSE, with a view to helping them progress to further education, employment or training. They provide high quality volunteer tutors to work with pupils, increasing their subject knowledge, confidence and study skills.

Action Tutoring is looking for volunteers to commit to tutoring one or two pupils for an hour a week, for a minimum of a term. Volunteers can choose a programme suited to them and Action Tutoring provide DBS checks and both up front and ongoing training to help volunteers improve their practice and tutoring resources.

Volunteer with Action Tutoring

Volunteers can work in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton, Hove, Liverpool and Sheffield. Action Tutoring welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds.

To find out more, visit the Action Tutoring website, email hello@actiontutoring.org.uk or call the office on 020 7803 4980.

You can also apply now.

Debate Mate

Debate Mate is an educational charity that works in areas of high child poverty in some of the most deprived schools in the UK. Debate Mate works with 5,000 students every week across 280 schools in London, Liverpool, Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Scotland.

They employ the brightest students from the top universities to deliver a 16 week after-school debating programme. Debate Mate gives young people communication, leadership, teamwork, and critical thinking skills, while fostering confidence and self-esteem, developing resilience, and raising aspirations. Their goal is to equip students with the confidence to not only speak fluently in front of others but to aim higher in their academic and professional lives.

Work with Debate Mate

Opportunities with Debate Mate are open to passionate undergraduate or graduate students who can commit to the full 16 week programme from November to April. In addition to this opportunity, we will pay you a stipend of £20 per session plus travel. If you are interested in working with Debate Mate contact info@debatemate.com for more information.

This opportunity is suitable for:

- Undergraduates

- Graduate students

Enabling Enterprise

Enabling Enterprise addresses the gap in students' readiness for the real world when they leave school without employability skills, without meaningful work experience, or without the knowledge to make aspirational career choices. 

Enabling Enterprise use project-based learning coupled with trips to top businesses to ensure that from the age of six, students are developing the critical skills and experiences of the world to be successful for the rest of their lives.

Volunteer with Enabling Enterprise

To apply, please send your CV to John Cronin at john.cronin@enablingenterprise.org.uk

This opportunity is suitable for:

- Undergraduates

- University graduates

- Those looking to become teachers or teaching assistants

First Story

First Story strives to support and inspire creativity, literacy and talent in challenging UK secondary schools and their communities. First Story arranges and pays for acclaimed writers to run creative-writing workshops for students in state schools across the country with more than 50% young people eligible for free school meals. 

The charity attracts such names as Mark Haddon, Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman and Zadie Smith. Each writer-in-residence leads weekly, after-school workshops for a group of up to 21 students. They publish the students’ writing in a professionally produced anthology for each school.

Volunteer with First Story

If you would like to be involved, email info@firststory.org.uk

This opportunity is suitable for:

- University graduates

Future First

Future First aims to close the career achievement gap between those born into low-income and high-income homes, by working towards the vision that every state school should be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community. 

Future First helps schools to engage their former students to support those studying there now. Former students can be inspirational yet relatable role models, mentors, work experience providers, governors, or donors. Future First helps schools to unlock the potential in these alumni communities.

Volunteer with Future First

Future First can help you to go back to volunteer in your own school. As a former student, you can offer invaluable support in a range of ways, even if you no longer live anywhere near your school.  To sign up to support your old school, visit www.futurefirst.org.uk/register/teachfirst 

This opportunity is suitable for:

- University graduates

- University undergraduates

- Those wishing to return to their alumni schools

Future Frontiers

Future Frontiers is a social enterprise providing one-to-one careers guidance to pupils from low income backgrounds. Coaches are paired up with two pupils at a school in either Greater London or along the South Coast, to provide coaching sessions. Coaches work with their two pupils to uncover their interests, skills and strengths, and enable them to discover career aspirations that motivate them to progress at school. 

This unique opportunity has been shown to have a high impact on the motivation of young people and also develops the coach in key competencies such as leadership, problem solving and interaction.

Volunteer with Future Frontiers

All programmes require a commitment of one hour per week for either eight weeks (intensive programme) or 16 weeks (enhanced programme).

For more information and to apply to become a Future Frontiers coach, visit their website

This opportunity is suitable for:

- University undergraduates

- University graduates

Hackney Pirates

Hackney Pirates is a charity working to develop the literacy, confidence and perseverance of young people, so that they achieve both in school and in the world beyond. They work with children aged 9-12 whose teachers believe that they would benefit from some extra support. Hackney Pirates provide them with extra one-to-one attention and the chance to work on unique publishing projects in their unconventional learning environment, the Ship of Adventures.

Hackney Pirates are looking for volunteers to support young people one-to-one in learning sessions. Volunteers need to commit at least one afternoon per month, for at least 12 sessions.

Volunteer as a pirate

For more information please go to www.hackneypirates.org/volunteer or email volunteering@hackneypirates.org.uk

This opportunity is suitable for:

- Anyone seeking to gain experience working with young people

International Citizen Service (ICS)

ICS is an overseas volunteering programme for 18-25 year olds, funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development. To volunteer, you don’t need cash, skills or qualifications – just the ambition to make a difference.

Volunteers from the UK work side-by-side with local volunteers in some of the poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America on projects that make a real difference.

ICS volunteers work on projects that aim to make sure that local people can:

- Earn a decent living

- Get a good education

- Get the information and services they need to stay healthy

- Live in a fairer world

- Protect their environment

To find out more, visit the ICS website, telephone +44 (0)20 8780 7400 or email enquiries@volunteerics.org

You can also apply now.

Making the Leap

Making the Leap is a social mobility charity committed to helping young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Making the Leap are looking for individuals with strong communication skills to deliver their Aspiring Careers Education (ACE) programme within secondary schools.

The ACE programme aims to help develop disadvantaged school children to fulfil their potential and raise their aspirations by equipping them with key life skills and self-confidence, whilst enhancing their understanding of the world of work and increasing their life chances.

Volunteer with Making the Leap

To register to deliver the ACE programme, please send your CV to: scarlettmccalla@makingtheleap.org.uk 

This opportunity is suitable for:

- University undergraduates

- University graduates

National Citizen Service (NCS)

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience to change your life, bringing together young people from every background and offering them the chance to build the skills they need for life and work through fun, discovery, living away from home, and practical service in their local community - it's about learning to know yourself. The NCS programme is open to all 15-17 year olds in England and has been described by some of the people who’ve taken part as 'the most life changing thing' they’ve done.
So far, 200,000 people have taken part in NCS – with over 75,000 in 2015. As the fastest growing youth movement in the country for a century, NCS are looking for you to get involved. NCS have a large number of opportunities for volunteer mentors and paid programme facilitators all over the country to support young people through their NCS journey

Teach First welcomes applications to their Leadership Development Programme from a wide range of individuals with a diverse set of experiences. Working or volunteering on NCS programmes is an excellent way for applicants to demonstrate their experience of leadership with young people in challenging and different environments.

Volunteer with National Citizen Service

If you'd be interested in getting involved with NCS, email the team on education@ncstrust.co.uk and they will let you know what opportunities are available near you.

This opportunity is suitable for:

- University undergraduates

- University graduates


TalentEd offers high-ability Year 10 students a year-long programme of weekly small group (1:6) sessions. It’s qualified, retired teachers and inspirational university student role models improve GCSE grades and academic and career options for students from low income areas.

Volunteer with TalentEd

Volunteering as a TalentEd University student gives you the opportunity to:

- inspire bright young people from low income backgrounds by sharing your university experience

- strengthen your CV by demonstrating a range of transferable skills including leadership, teamwork and commitment

- gain valuable experience of good teaching practice by working alongside an expert

Find a more detailed job description and application form on the TalentEd website and give bright students from low income backgrounds the support, skills and aspirations to realise their potential.

This opportunity is suitable for:

- University undergraduates

- Recent graduates

- Retired teachers

The Girls’ Network

The Girls’ Network opens up a world of possibility to girls from the least advantaged backgrounds, empowering them to shape their futures. They offer girls mentorship from inspirational and motivated women across a range of professions and from a wide range of backgrounds, with the aim of developing confidence in the girls and inspiring them to create amazing futures.

Volunteer to mentor a girl

The Girls’ Network are looking for women who have some experience of the work place and have time to commit to a teenage girl from a low-income background, to share your experiences and your connections.

To become a mentor, email charly@thegirlsnetwork.org.uk or becca@thegirlsnetwork.org.uk

This opportunity is suitable for:

- University graduates with evidence of previous employment

Tutor Trust

The Tutor Trust is a not-for-profit education charity based in Greater Manchester. Their aim is to democratise tuition and reduce the attainment gap by giving young people from disadvantaged backgrounds access to high quality tuition. The majority of the Tutor Trust’s work is delivered in schools, working in partnership with teaching staff to provide bespoke programmes of tuition to students that would not otherwise be able to access private tuition.

The Tutor Trust works with students aged 10-16 in both primary and secondary schools. They currently provide tuition in English, Maths and Science across the ability range. They also tutor a significant amount of children in care.

Volunteer with Tutor Trust

Contact Jason Heaford, Chief Operating Officer, to find out more at mail@thetutortrust.org

This opportunity is suitable for:

- Those living in Greater Manchester

- University undergraduates

- University graduates 

- Postgraduates

Tutors United

Tutors United is a not-for-profit private tutoring service, providing affordable private tutoring in English and Maths to primary school pupils from underprivileged backgrounds. Their mission is to create unlimited opportunities for young people to succeed in education and employment.

Tutors United offers university students the opportunity to become paid tutors and develop their skills, whilst helping primary school pupils increase their academic attainment. In return for a commitment to tutoring, tutors will receive: a £10 hourly rate; tutor rewards and benefits; credible professional references; valuable experience in educating young people and opportunities for professional development.

Volunteer with Tutors United

To find out more, visit http://www.tutorsunited.org/become-a-tutor/ and send tutor applications to recruitment@tutorsunited.org or if you would like to speak to someone about this opportunity then please contact Helen Mulgan on 07788243899 or via email on Helen.mulgan@tutorsunited.org

This opportunity is suitable for:

- People who are able to work in London, Nottingham or Derby


Tutorfair is a website that makes it easy for clients to find the best tutors. For every student who pays, they promise to provide free tutoring to a child who can’t.

To live up to their promise, the Tutorfair Foundation provides training and support to volunteers, enabling them to deliver excellent tuition to students in Teach First eligible schools.  This is an ideal opportunity for people looking to gain school experience or for anyone wanting to hone their teaching or tutoring skills.

Volunteer with Tutorfair

There are many opportunities to become a Tutorfair tutor available across London.  These range from primary to A-Level and cover all major subjects. If you want training to become an effective tutor while helping pupils achieve better grades, they would love your help.

For more information or to get involved, visit http://foundation.tutorfair.com/get-involved/

Volunteer Uganda

Volunteer Uganda work in Kanungu District in Uganda, placing volunteers in a range of government and low-cost private primary schools for a duration of either four or ten weeks. They work with these schools and other charities in the area to provide the best possible education to Ugandan children. 

Volunteer Uganda’s mission is to help bring about permanent, sustainable development through educational infrastructure development, job creation, health promotion and volunteering.

Volunteer with Volunteer Uganda

If you are interested in opportunities with Volunteer Uganda please visit www.volunteeruganda.org to find our more, or email Tom Lewis on ukteam@volunteeruganda.org

This opportunity is suitable for:

- Over 18s

- A-levels are required

Yes Futures

Yes Futures runs unique out-of-the-classroom personal development experiences which foster students’ confidence, resilience and life skills through a variety of challenging, real-world learning experiences. The most popular of Yes Futures’ volunteering opportunities is their Career Coach role, involving mentoring and running extra-curricular trips for participants. Full training is provided; you simply have to have a passion for supporting young people to fulfil their potential.

Office-based volunteering roles are also open on an ongoing basis. Different roles require different sets of skills and competencies, however a passion for improving the lives of young people is always essential. Yes Futures use a full pre-screen interview and reference checking recruitment process.

Volunteer with Yes Futures

These opportunities are suitable for anyone over the age of 18 who wants to make a direct impact on young people’s lives.

For more information on how you can get involved, please visit www.yesfutures.org or contact Faye, Programme Manager, on: info@yesfutures.org / 020 8144 4393

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