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COVID-19 Notice

Please note that, due to the current circumstances surrounding covid-19 and government guidelines regarding health and safety, the School Mentoring scheme cannot be delivered in its usual format for the 2020/21 academic year. 

With this in mind, the Volunteering and Mentoring Team are currently working to develop the scheme to be both safe and beneficial for students who wish to have much-needed experience in in an educational support role. Once these plans have been finalised and assessed, we will be sure to circulate this information with the University of Chester students so they do not miss out on this opportunity.

Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to make sure students who wish to have the necessary experience do not miss out this academic year!

Each year the Volunteering team at the University of Chester place around 50 students into local Primary and Secondary schools to work with children and young people. The scheme aims to inspire pupils to reach their full potential and forms part of the University’s commitment to Widening Participation.

Information for Schools

School Mentoring offers the opportunity for students to get involved in Primary and Secondary schools in Cheshire and the Wirral. School Mentors work one-to-one and in groups to support school pupils with academic and social-emotional problem solving.  

The School Mentoring program has four main aims to help school pupils:

  1. Raise their standard of academic performance;
  2. Raise their awareness of Higher Education opportunities;
  3. Develop study skills in order to improve their application towards school work;
  4. Develop greater self-esteem, motivation, confidence and persistence. 

Student volunteers are recruited and trained during October and November, after which students would volunteer the following:

  • School Mentoring is an 8 week (minimum) placement for University of Chester students
  • During the 8 weeks they will be volunteering at your school on a weekly basis, for 2-3 hours (depending on your school timetable)
  • Students can volunteer term time only

All our School Mentors are DBS checked prior to starting their placement.

If you are interested in finding out more, and would like to place School Mentors at your school, please contact us and a member of the team will be in touch.

Information for Students

School Volunteers visit local primary or secondary schools for ½ a day a week during term time, they work one to one and in small groups with the children, specifically targeting pupils that may not progress onto Higher Education.

We only recruit School Volunteers in October each year, if you are a student at the University of Chester and you would like to apply, please visit our volunteer site, browse the volunteering opportunities and search ‘school mentoring.’ You will need to complete an online application form and if successful a training/assessment day and DBS. 

Student Scholars

Due to the current circumstances surrounding covid-19 and government guidelines regarding health and safety, the School Mentoring scheme cannot be delivered in its traditional format for the 2020/21 academic year. With this in mind, we are thrilled to announce that we have introduced the new 'Student Scholars' project so our students can still have the opportunity to access experience in in an educational support role.

What is a Student Scholar?

Are you passionate about a particular topic or subject? Want to enhance the learning experience of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds? Or simply make a difference during these times? If so, then you may be the perfect ‘Student Scholar’!

As we continue to adapt to a more virtual world, we find ourselves exploring new ways to connect with others and make a difference. This project invites our students from all campuses to inspire the next generation by creating and sharing engaging, educational virtual content. This initiative is looking for students who can film short, snappy and engaging videos on a topic of their choice to share with Secondary students, to support their learning and provide further resources for the classroom. Whatever your passion, so long as it fits the Secondary curriculum, then we would love to hear from you!

This is the perfect project for those wanting to get experience in an educational role, or for those who want to share their passion and expand their network!

If you are interested in this project, then please express your interest by registering on the Volunteering website! For any questions, please email