Schools Volunteering

Do you like working with children and young people, or is this something that you would like to try? Did you know that 1 in 5 employers are actively looking for volunteering experience on your CV? Are you looking for a paid student staff role?

If you answered YES to one or more of the above questions, our schools outreach activity could be for you! Schools volunteering is both rewarding and a fantastic learning experience. We can help you to enhance your employability and gain transferable skills whilst you inspire pupils to gain confidence, learn new things, find a hobby or perhaps unearth a future career.

From the little ones at pre-school and primary to the heights of secondary school and college, we currently work in partnership with dozens of schools across the North West from Cumbria to East Lancashire. We are privileged to have the support of more than 400 student volunteers and through your dedication and talent we reach thousands of pupils each year.

Our Schools Team offers a wide range of opportunities for Lancaster University students to be positive role models and share their university experience with young people. We want to widen participation, raise aspirations and improve awareness of Higher Education.

With your help, we aim to:


Encourage pupils to be motivated, take an interest in learning and ultimately aspire to come to University in the future. If you are passionate about seeing young people succeed in education and think you can be a positive advocate of the Lancaster student experience, then why not get involved?


All of our outreach activities connect with key aspects of the National Curriculum and provide exciting opportunities that are not readily available in the classroom. If you’re passionate about education, would like to foster a love of learning, or perhaps thinking of a career in teaching, then we would like to hear from you!


Through innovative projects, we aim to provide enjoyable and unforgettable experiences which support the development of transferable skills. Do you think you could facilitate a fun and fast-paced educational session for pupils aged between 2-18 years old? Take the lead or play a supporting role, we have opportunities to suit everyone.

Opportunities available include:

  • School and Educational Placements: 10 week placement opportunities in nursery, primary, secondary and SEN schools.
  • Inspiration Days: Flexible one day opportunities for you to work with a range of pupils, both on campus and in the classroom.
  • Action Projects: Themed projects developed around aspects of the National Curriculum that you can help to shape and deliver.
  • Self-Arranged Volunteering: Have you arranged your own voluntary schools placement? We can help you with DBS checking, re-imbursement of transport costs and training.

Want more information? Get in touch with the Schools Team or visit our FAQ page.


  • Attend the Schools Volunteer Training Day.
  • Complete a DBS check (where appropriate). You may need to complete an application for an enhanced DBS check if you will be working with young people on a regular basis – not sure, just ask!