Learning Support Department
Spurgeon’s College has a Learning Support Department which
focuses on enabling students with particular learning needs and difficulties to
reach their full potential.
It is staffed by a part-time Learning Support Co-Ordinator,
who works with teaching staff to provide support to those students who are
identified as needing it most. The Co-Ordinator is assisted by a small team of
volunteers who work according to guidelines agreed by the College.
We are looking for additional volunteers to enable us to
maintain and expand the service we can offer to students. Volunteers are not
expected to be proof-readers, but to work with students in such a way that they
can take ownership of their learning and understand how to manage their studies
and present assignments effectively in written form. Support can be offered in
a variety of ways, for example, through scheduled one-to-one tutorials, drop-in
sessions or group workshops. We are
particularly keen on hearing from people who can offer students guidance about
how technology can help them with their written work.
We would welcome expressions of interest from anyone who is
willing and able to give approximately two hours a week during the teaching
semesters, which run from late September to mid-January and mid-February to late
May. Ideally you would be able to come into college to meet students
face-to-face, but some support (especially for distance learning students) can
be given at a distance, e.g. via email or Skype.
We would be glad to hear from anyone who has any
- working with students who have learning needs
such as dyslexia
- teaching English as a foreign or additional
- helping students whose mental or physical health
affects their learning
- working with any students in an HE or FE
you do not need to have such experience/training to be able to offer real help
to our students. All you need is a good grasp of the expectations of academic
writing, willingness to spend time to understand an individual student’s needs,
and the ability to relate to them in a practically supportive way.
Volunteers are invited to the meetings of the Learning
Support Committee which are held two or three times a year, and we encourage
them to share in the development of our work in this way.
If you would be interested in exploring whether the role of Learning Support Volunteer might be for you, please contact the Academic Director, Dr Stephen Wright and we will be very happy to have an informal conversation with you.
Telephone: 020 8653 0850 ext. 228