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In each geographical area where we operate, we have – or will have – an Area Leader.
The Area Leader manages the recruitment and subsequent support of In-school Volunteers and also liaises with the schools in the area.
The Area Leader also provides logistical support to the volunteers in the area, for example arranging social events.
We hugely appreciate our Area Leaders. They are also volunteers and we recognise how much they contribute to the running and development of the charity.
If you are passionate about helping to improve children’s chances in education and if you think you’d enjoy the combination of meeting people and coordinating logistics, you could be an Area Leader for Number Champions. Please see below for the FAQs for Area Leaders and contact us for a discussion.
Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential. You will need to be both enthusiastic and methodical. Ideally you will have had a work or volunteering role which has involved managing people or responsibility for working with external organisations.
Experience of being a volunteer in a primary school would be very helpful, for example with Number Champions itself or with one of the reading charities.
The overall time commitment is flexible and can generally be adapted to whatever works best for you. Much of the role can be done at times to suit you; however, meetings with schools generally have to be in school time and some prospective or actual volunteers will only be able to meet during the working day.
Typically, Area Leaders will give six to sixteen hours a month, although this will be spread irregularly over the year. The larger the area you choose to cover, the more volunteers and schools you will work with, so the greater the time commitment.
One of our trustees or another experienced Area Leader will guide you through the initial process and will invite you to shadow them. You will also attend training sessions for our In-school Volunteers so that you understand what we are providing to schools.
We will connect you with Area Leaders in other areas.
We will also introduce you to local ‘Mentors’ to share knowledge of schools and In-school Volunteers. (Our Mentors are experienced teachers who support our In-school Volunteers as needed on educational issues. They are also volunteers – for further details, please see our Mentors page.
You will manage the recruitment process once a potential In-school Volunteer has contacted Number Champions. This includes an initial phone call with the prospective volunteer, then meeting them for an informal interview in a local café or similar. If they are suitable, you will get appropriate documentation and references and allocate them to one of our local partner schools.
You will attend training sessions and introduce the volunteers to one another, helping to create a sense of community among the volunteers. For further details, please see our In-school Volunteers page.
Optionally, you will also liaise with organisations in your area which can help find new in-school volunteers.
You will certainly liaise with each of our partner schools in your area to establish a good relationship and to resolve any issues. As part of your own training you will visit some schools to build your understanding of how they operate, and you will probably choose to visit each of our partner schools in your area over time.
As part of our marketing cycle you would visit prospective partner schools in December to March. Initially this will be with the Chair or another Area Leader, but as you become experienced in your role you will take the lead in this.
For further details about our partner schools, please visit our Schools page.
We appreciate that you are a volunteer and that you have your own life to lead. The Area Leader role is not generally reactive, although there will be occasional issues to resolve. So taking breaks during term time will not be an issue. However, we would ask you to advise us of any unavailability and we will supply an alternative contact at Number Champions for you to pass on to your schools and volunteers.
Area Leaders manage the overall relationship with our partner schools, while Mentors typically observe sessions run by volunteers or discuss specific educational issues with the Head of Maths (or similar). For further details about our Mentors, please visit our Mentors page.
As per our Volunteer policy, we pay reasonable travel and other expenses. We encourage all our volunteers to use public transport, but we will pay car mileage and even parking costs if there is no reasonable alternative. We require evidence of expenditure, but there are circumstances where we can accept a log book rather than receipts.
An organisation with a strong physical presence requires people on the ground in each area where we operate. This includes In-school Volunteers, Mentors, and Area Leaders. Our strategy is therefore to build out from our roots in North London while we grow to a suitable scale, after which we can open up in new areas, creating a local support structure in each. From school year 2020-21 we should be in at least seven boroughs in North and Central London.