Being a Volunteer Tutor at Paddington Academy

Pete Kirby

March 09, 2016

Over the last two terms, Tutorfair volunteers have been supporting lessons in the Modern Foreign Languages Department at Paddington Academy.

Below are a few words on the volunteering experience from volunteer tutor Christina S and the Head of Modern Foreign Languages Department at Paddington Academy, Samera Hassan.

"I feel really comfortable at Paddington Academy," Christina said. "My first day I was nervous, but I remembered things I learnt during my training day which made me feel more confident.

"I am enjoying the experience because I feel useful during the lessons as I can really help to students when they have got some difficulty.

"I would also like to highlight the good atmosphere in Languages Department. I have worked with three different teachers, who are always looking for the best way to help me learn and be useful for their student, too."

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 12.06.10

As Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Samera experienced the impact Christina and her follow volunteer tutors had on the class first hand.

"Having the volunteer tutors in class has been really good for our student's learning experience," Samera said. "The volunteers have been proactive in the classroom, spotting students who are having difficulty. They are willing to jump in and engage with them, which helps to build up relationships.

"Also, it makes a huge difference having native Spanish and French speakers in the classroom, in terms pronunciation and sharing cultural experiences. The children get to meet someone from the country where the language is being spoken, which is great. The students get to learn that Spanish is not just spoken in Spain, and they really do benefit from that."

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 12.07.02


Thank you Christina and Samera!

Our volunteer tutors are clearly making a difference at Paddington Academy. If you would like to help in one of our schools, get involved today.