Good ICT skills are and confidence with using computers is vital for the future academic and professional success of young people. In response to a completely revised Computing curriculum in primary schools, many teachers look to engage volunteers with relevant skills and expertise to support their pupils. Computer Partners aims to improve the computer literacy of young people while at the same time bring them into contact with role models from the world of work to help raise aspiration and motivation.
Volunteers work with students in Years 2 to 6 (aged 6 to 11 years old) on a variety of computer based projects, helping them to practise using a range of software packages as well as develop a greater understanding of the ways in which ICT impacts upon so much of our day to day lives. Projects might include creating a presentation using PowerPoint, learning how to identify reliable internet sources and use email safely, designing a birthday card, writing a newspaper article or editing photographs.
How it works
Volunteers from the business community visit a school for half an hour every week and are matched with one or two students who they work with every session.
Computer Partner Schemes usually last 10 weeks. All of the necessary resources and materials are provided by Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership and the school, along with suggested lesson guides. However, there is scope for volunteers to use their own ideas and suggest activities that fit their own skills or the interests of their partner student(s).
The students are selected as they may lack confidence in their own abilities, not have access to a computer at home, or show an interest in ICT and require a challenge.
A company coordinator and school coordinator are nominated to be the key points of contact for the partnership. These roles are crucial for the success of the scheme.
How to volunteer
We welcome only teams of volunteers (a minimum of 6 people) from companies.
Volunteers will need to commit to one full term (approximately 10 weeks), but find that most volunteers choose to stay for the whole academic year. Training is provided.
A Disclosure & Barring Service check is required. Tower Hamlets EBP will provide the company co-ordinator with the DBS forms. All volunteers must submit their form to us before beginning the scheme. There is no cost involved.