Students into Schools

Our Students into Schools programme operates across West Yorkshire to help raise the aspirations and attainment of young people, and to give you the opportunity to develop skills in an educational setting.

About 400 undergraduates and postgraduates (taught and research) take part annually, assisting in over 70 schools and colleges to deliver and support a range of educational interventions tailored to the needs of each school.

What does it involve?

  • To take part, you can either choose a Students into Schools module as part of your degree course for academic credit, undertake a voluntary Students into Schools placement as a co-curricular activity or deliver extra-curricular activities in schools as part of an LUU student-led society.
  • You'll need to complete an enhanced DBS (criminal records) check and provide two references to verify your suitability to work with young people.
  • You'll be required to attend Students into Schools training throughout the year to develop the transferable skills necessary to make an impact in the classroom.
  • You'll then visit an education provider, primary or secondary school for approximately 2-4 hours per week in University term time from November – April, to support individual or groups of pupils. This support could range from offering general classroom assistance and helping children with their literacy and numeracy, to leading parts of a lesson and running your own student-led school projects. You can find more information on Students into Schools opportunities on the Leeds for Life website.

Why should you get involved?

  • Our Students into Schools placements are the best way to gain experience to see if a career in teaching is for you and to make key contacts with recruiting schools and organisations. Each year Students into Schools participants go on to teacher training with their placement school.
  • The placements and training offered by students into schools - delivered by education professionals and TeachFirst - enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to an array of graduate jobs.
  • Participating in Students into Schools is a great way to give back to the local community by enhancing young people’s education in areas that need it most.

"Seeing the pride the pupils felt when they understood something they previously found challenging was so rewarding!" Jade Ward, Theology and Religious Studies module student at Woodkirk School

"Taking part helped me to gain a place on a Schools Direct PGCE. Teachers had a wealth of experience and were able to offer me advice and feedback. In the interview, I was able to relax as the classroom environment felt normal" Emily Gavaghan, volunteer at The Co-operative Academy of Leeds

How do you sign up?

To sign up for a voluntary schools placement, simply complete the Students into Schools application form. Descriptions for each volunteer role can be found on the Leeds for Life website.

Students into schools modules are not available through online enrolment; in order to apply you should contact the academic lead for the module you wish to take in the summer term before the module starts.

MATH2800 Maths into Schools
CHEM3615 Chemistry into Schools
PHYS3605 / PHYS5440M Physics in Schools / Advanced Physics in Schools
HIST2540 History Students into Schools
GEOG3530 Geographers into Teaching
MUSS2925 Music Students into Schools
THEO2000 Theology and Religious Studies into Schools
ENGL2110 English Students into Schools
MODL2001/2005 Linguists into Schools
PHIL2999 Philosophy Students into Schools
SOEE3521 Earth and Environment Students into Schools
LEED2009 Teaching and Coaching Young People (Discovery Module)
LEED2014 A Career in PE Teaching (Discovery Module)

If you are part of an LUU student-led society and would like to deliver extra-curricular clubs, workshops and assemblies in schools, email to find out more about how the Societies into Schools programme can support you.


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