Volunteering in School
First and foremost, I’d like to thank all of those priceless people who give so much of your time to the school through the PTA and through volunteering in class. Volunteers are the unsung heroes of the school and are a vital and valuable asset to us.
The following arrangements will apply to all those kind people who offer their time to help in school:
All volunteers: All volunteers are now required to undergo an enhanced DBS check – please enquire at the office. You are also required to submit an application form and complete Level 2 Safeguarding Training and Prevent Awareness Training. Both of these training packages are available as free online modules that can be completed at your convenience. Please either print out or email a copy of your certificate and hand it in to the office. If anyone has any difficulties in accessing the online training, please do get in touch and we will endeavour to facilitate this in school for you. As a rough guide, each module will take around 45 minutes to complete. We also require you to sign to say you have read the four policies that form the basis of our safeguarding procedures – links below.
So to summarise …
– Enhanced DBS check
– Application form
– Level 2 Safeguarding online training
– Prevent online training
– Disqualification self-declaration
– Four safeguarding policies to read
The links can be found below:
Level 2 Training: https://devon.safeguarding.network/elearning/
(Choose ‘Group 2 – Introduction to Safeguarding Children’)
Prevent Awareness Training: https://www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk/
Once completed please return the application form to Mrs Pearman in the office, along with your training certificates. If you have been volunteering in school for more than 6 months, please feel free to put down a member of school staff, who knows you in that capacity, as a referee if you would like.
Many thanks for your co-operation with this matter.
I hope you will all understand our position here as we truly do value your generosity in giving up your time to support the school and the children.
Mark Gilronan, Headteacher – Ottery St Mary Primary