Volunteering at GANF

At GANF, we endeavour to support those who are seeking to pursue a career in teaching or working with children with additional needs. In some cases, this involves sampling a day or two in a school to see whether this is a viable career. In other cases, people have already decided that a career involving children and young adults is what they desire and now they need to build a portfolio of evidence of time spent in schools liaising with teachers and pupils in advance of an application in their chosen field.
We aim to support as many people as possible in this, and we have systems which help this process.
If you are interested in the teaching of a specific subject, age phase or awareness of a specific additional need or for other work experience requests, you should email simon.buckberry@ganf-cit.co.uk. We will determine whether we have the capacity to support your request and will contact you as soon as we are able to inform you of the outcome.
It must be noted that in order to spend time at GANF, you will require a DBS check. This is part of our Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy. Please state as much information as you can, so we can support you in the best way possible.
If you need any further information, please contact us either at simon.buckberry@ganf-cit.co.uk or enquiries@ganf.org.uk. You can also download an application form by clicking here.
“During my visit to the Ambergate for my SCITT course, I found the visit be very informative, not just about the school in general but also about the pupils in the class I was working in. I had a thorough tour of the school and introduced me to many of the other staff and explained their roles in detail. I was also lucky enough to be able to support some pupils during their maths and English lesson, which was an excellent way for me to get a glimpse into how the children are taught. The teacher answered all of my questions clearly and comprehensively and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Whilst it was only for half a day, I found it to be very worthwhile and beneficial.”

 Sara Morris - February 2018

“I spent the day with Oval class, which are made up of lower school children. Today was a really good experience and I enjoyed seeing how children who have learning difficulties learn in a specialist school rather than a mainstream school. The staff were excellent and a real credit to the school – they were friendly and welcoming and are excellent education professionals, who were really inspiring. The amount of support the staff give is exceptional and they have really good relationships with the children and the classrooms are set out with plenty of space between each child which allows them to really focus with their learning. I am going to look more into disabilities and what can be done to support children within mainstream schools. I will now be confident to communicate with SEN practitioners to see what type of support our schools are offering.”
Georgia Pickstone – February 2018
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