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To achieve our vision requires much more than a didactic, teacher led and heavily structured approach to teaching and learning. It requires the empowerment of learners by educators, by the Curriculum and through the taught curriculum. It requires an approach which shifts learning onto learners, one which enables the development of independence and mastery through interdependence and collaboration with others. Problem solving and enquiry driven learning with opportunities to engage with the real-world in an authentic education are also key.
We naturally want all students at the International Academy of Greenwich to be valued and to achieve their very best in every aspect of their lives. As such our ambition is for all learners to become Global Citizens, equipped with the skills and outlook they need to live, study and work in the UK or abroad. As such the Curriculum at IAG is broad and balanced, authentic and appropriately challenging, and exceeds the requirements of both the English National Curriculum (at KS3 & 4) and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in developing a range of cognitive and non-cognitive attitudes, skills and attributes.
Our Curriculum is designed to engineer and facilitate all that is outlined above, what we call An Education for Global Citizenship.
A Global education is one which interacts with the local contexts and the best way to do this is through engaging with Community Educators. We wish to take full advantage of what the rich community of Greenwich, Blackheath and Lee have to offer us and our students. Volunteering is a great way to give back to this community and of course allows flexibility while pursuing passions and interest. For some it is also a useful way to get yourself on the career ladder especially in organisations, such as the International Academy of Greenwich, which are small but expanding. It is also a route into teaching.
The International Academy of Greenwich prides itself on embracing diversity and promoting equality. We welcome applications for volunteering regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability or religious belief. Safer recruitment practices are followed and any subsequent appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS check. All positions are term time only; our term dates are available here. Please note we only accept applications online.
Primarily we are seeking volunteers to enrich our students education through our Extended curriculum. All students have the opportunity to chose additional courses, to pursue passions, enhance skills and broaden their experiences. An important aspect of this is enabling our students to engage with community educators such as yourself. Such opportunities are built into a students timetable:
Mondays 4.00 – 5.00 weekly; Tuesdays 8.40 – 9.40 and/or 3.00 – 4.00 and/or 4.00 – 5.00 weekly; Wednesdays 8.40 – 9.40 and/or 4.00- 5.00 weekly; Thursdays 4.00 – 5.00 weekly; Fridays 11.00 – 12.00 and/or 12.00 – 1.00 and/or 4.00 – 5.00 weekly.
From September 2018 these sessions will predominantly be timetabled between 14:00 and 17:00, with an Extended focus every second Friday.
The Extended curriculum, a 10 week course delivered across a term, is as varied and as exciting as our community educators (volunteers) wish to make it. As such you will play a fundamental role in the education of all learners here at IAG.
To support our Extended curriculum we are looking for enthusiastic community educators in all conceivable areas. Below is list of possible areas:
- Public Speaking/ Debating tutors
- Native speakers/language coaches
- Journalists/ bloggers
- Book authors/ publishers
- Computing tutors
- Chess players
- Chemistry tutors
- Astronomy tutors
- Human Biology tutors
- History tutors
- Antiques experts
- Islamic Studies tutors
- Mentors from industry e.g. medicine, car engineering, law, architecture etc.
- Boat builders
- Product Design tutors or “Makers”
- Film/animation tutors
- Graphic designers
- Art and craft tutors
- Textiles tutors
- Cooking club providers
- Social entrepreneurs
- Sports coaches
- Instrumental tutors
- Singing tutors
- String music ensemble tutors
- Brass music ensemble tutors
- Rock Band tutors
- Jazz musicians
- Music Technology musicians
- Eurythmy tutors
We are also looking for individuals interested in supporting us and students in the following areas:
- English support tutors including phonics specialists
- Dyslexia tutors
- Handwriting tutors
- Maths support tutors
- Maths tutors for gifted and talented students
- Counsellors (own supervision arrangements required)
Support staff volunteering opportunities
We also have volunteering opportunities in the following areas:
- Office Administration
- Media and Comms
- General teaching assistant/ technician support
- Midday supervision
- Premises work
If you are interested in applying for any of these opportunities, please send an email with the subject heading VOLUNTEERING to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting an application form and indicating the position and date/time slot(s) you are interested in.