Helping at Rutherford House School

A guide for Volunteers

For the children’s safety, all volunteer helpers are required to have police clearance before they work in the school. You will be asked to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS) for clearance. We also ensure that volunteers are known to the school or come through a reputable institution e.g. a local Secondary School or University.  Sadly there will be occasions when the Head teacher declines to accept the help of a parent/volunteer if she believes it will not be in the best interests of the school community.  When you arrive in the school you must sign in at the school office. You will be given a visitor’s badge, which you should wear at all times. The signing-in sheet will give the date and time of arrival. You must also sign out.

There are lots of things we need help with in school. Some activities are in class with the children and some are out of class. Some are outdoors activities and some are making resources.

You MUST let the teaching staff know of any inappropriate behaviour or comments.  It is also possible that a child will tell you something which is very worrying. Please always refer any concern immediately to the class teacher. If you let it go the children will learn that it is ok to behave less well for some people than others and that will make everyone’s job harder and the child less likely to develop a sound moral code and sense of respect! It’s important that all adult behaviours in school are always those we want the children to copy.

We also know that for staff and parents of other children to be confident about the role of the parent/carer/volunteer helper you need to agree to a protocol about confidentiality and conduct – as do all staff who work in schools. Parents/carers hand their children over to the school for the best part of every week day trusting that they are safe and that their progress and welfare will be treated with complete confidentiality.  It is therefore essential that anyone helping in school respects that confidentiality. Parents/Volunteers are welcome in our staffroom. Should you hear any information pertaining to the children this should be kept in strictest confidence though pupil issues are not usually discussed in the staffroom.