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Making a difference in the classroom

09 September 2015

College volunteers 2015

As well as students, Bracknell & Wokingham College are also welcoming back college volunteers for the start of the academic year.

These volunteers are vital in helping the college provide free adult maths and English classes for the local community. Being on-hand to support the learners, the volunteers can offer one-one assistance while tutors continue to oversee the whole class.

Adult maths tutor, Helen Hotchkiss, explains the vital role the volunteers play at the college:

“Volunteers can help in a number of ways; supporting learners with particular learning needs, overseeing group activities, checking students’ work, and, in some cases, teaching topics to small groups under the direction of the tutor - for example if catch-up sessions are needed.

“We rely on volunteers to ensure all our learners are able to access the level of teaching they need. Most classes have students with a range of abilities and learning needs; their contribution helps learners to put into practice the tasks and activities that are set in class, while offering reassurance and encouragement to those students who may lack confidence in the classroom.”

College volunteer Rosemary Gunner, has worked with students in adult English classes as a volunteer for 14 years. She reflects on why she enjoys volunteering so much:

“It’s great to be able to see learners make progress and to make a difference in their lives!”

Teresa Booth, Adult English tutor at the college, has seen the contribution volunteers make to her classes:

“The dedication, time and support given by our volunteers is hugely valued by both learners and staff. With their help and assistance in classes, we, as tutors, are able to concentrate on moving the class forward as a whole.

“We’re grateful to our volunteers and always appreciate more people coming forward to help out in this way.”

Adult maths and English classes offer learners from all backgrounds the opportunity to improve their skills for everyday life or work, and the opportunity to gain a national qualification. Skills such as arithmetic, percentages, reading, spelling and more can be improved in daytime and evening classes.

For more information about volunteering with Bracknell & Wokingham College, email Or to find out more about joining a maths or English class visit, call 01344 766409 or email

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