Volunteer FAQs


If you are interested in volunteering at ECSE, please drop us an email at info@ecse.org.uk. We can then arrange a meeting with you to discuss you joining ECSE.

What volunteer roles are available?

The vast majority of our volunteers are teachers, however there sometimes may be an ad-hoc requirement to support the school in an administrative capacity. If you’re not interested in being a volunteer teacher, but still want to support the school, please get in touch with us here.

Do I need previous teaching experience?

We don’t require any previous teaching experience and have a full training programme for new teaching volunteers. If you’ve already got previous teaching experience, the Head of School will discuss your past experience and factor that into the school’s requirements.

How much time do I need to commit?

Our classes run on Monday and Wednesday evenings, from 7-8:50. Our minimum requirement is committing to one of those evenings, however we do have some volunteers who attend both evenings. Volunteers are expected to arrive at the school by 6:45, to have adequate time to prepare for the lesson and assist with any ad-hoc logisitcal requirements.

Classes only run during the school term, starting in mid-September and ending towards the end of June. Our school calendar can be viewed here.

How long do I need to commit for?

We ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months, as students will develop a rapport with their teachers and it is better for their learning to have continuity. We fully understand that circumstances may change after a volunteer has started with us. We hope once you’ve met your students and bonded with them, you won’t want to leave!

Where are the classes?

The classes are in Elthorne Park High School, conveniently located a short walk from Boston Manor tube station, and accessible by bus (E8/195).

Can you provide travel expenses?

Unfortunately, we’re unable to cover the cost of travel expenses. We charge our students a very small fee for the year and use this to pay our classroom hire fees. If there are extenuating circumstances, please let us know when you apply to volunteer with us and we’ll discuss that further with you.

Do I need to produce my own materials?

Many of our teachers create their own resources, but we have a vast range of textbooks and a shared archive of lesson plans, ideas and resources for teachers to use. Our training programme will cover lesson planning, including how to find and source appropriate material and resources.

What is the volunteering culture like?

Our volunteers support each other and are always keen to do everything they can for our students. There are training sessions at the start of each term to cover any areas teaching volunteers express difficulty with, and throughout the year we run technology bootcamp sessions to help our teaching volunteers make use of IT in the classroom.

We also aim to host a termly social so that volunteers can get to know each other better and develop a stronger sense of community at the school.