to the Pimlico Connection.
Connection is the school and community based Student Tutoring scheme of
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.
to have a new report on-line in the autumn of 2002. In the meantime you
can read about our scheme in past reports from 1997-2000.
Tutoring - Pimlico Connection Style
volunteer to act as teachers' assistants in local secondary and primary
schools once a week between the end of October and the end of March.
Tutoring normally takes place on a Wednesday afternoon but on a growing
number of occasions students may tutor regularly at other times during
the week (depending on their timetable here at Imperial) or they might
be placed short term for a specific placement)
is provided mainly for science, maths, IT, design technology classes.
However, assistance can also be requested for modern languages and
literacy. The volunteer receives a handbook which advertises the placements
on offer in each school, and are required to attend a one hour briefing
before being allowed to assist in a school. The onus is on the school
to ensure that placements are well considered and the initial visit
of the volunteer should be used to ensure that all parties are happy
with what is being proposed. The volunteer remains under the supervision
of the teacher at all times. As a College of science and technology
we are keen to encourage the use of volunteers to support your more
able students, but not exclusively so. Generally student tutors are
placed into a subject area they are knowledgeable in. However teachers
have found volunteers equally useful whilst teaching a subject the
volunteer may not have studied since school. The scheme is also keen
for you to involve your volunteers in organised after-school clubs,
such as homework clubs and science clubs.
are motivated volunteers who gain immeasurably from the experience
and pound for pound give it all back in the classroom. A volunteer
is a credible person who wants to help pupils develop the learning
skills. No academic credit is given for taking part in the scheme.
They are volunteering their free time.
can add an extra dimension to lessons, provide fresh ideas and up-to-date
knowledge. They can help increase the amount of positive interaction
within the classroom and help motivate pupils of all abilities and
ages and raise their aspirations. They can help encourage and communicate
the importance of higher and further education. Remember the volunteer
is present to help pupils discover how to learn not just to simply
provide the answers. For maximum impact teachers need to think of
imaginative ways to make use of their tutor or tutors.
scheme attracts an even balance of male and female students who reflect
the international and ethnic diversity of Imperial College. Volunteers
are not trainee teachers. However, some may be interested in pursuing
teaching as a career.
very least tutors provide an extra pair of hands, although the scheme
hopes that with the right volunteer that teachers will go that one
or two steps further! A volunteer who has a great experience often
continues with the scheme or gets involved in other activities. Often
volunteers take their enthusiasm into the companies and organizations
for whom they go onto work for.
The scheme operates for the benefit of state schools in the London Boroughs
of Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Wandsworth and Lambeth, but
due to traveling times for students to get to and from schools our current
links are predominantly in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. Schools
in Hammersmith and Fulham and local FE College's are also welcome to approach
the scheme. Schools located outside these boroughs who are interested
in hosting tutors should contact Community Service Volunteers or their
nearest university or institute of higher education.
of Imperial College who are interested in volunteering should email email@example.com.
Volunteers make a commitment to act as unpaid teachers' assistants between
November and March. All volunteers must attend a briefing session held
at Imperial College in October.
at other universities should contact their schools liaison office or Students
Union for advice.
Connection is an activity of the Schools Liaison Office at Imperial College.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
on other Imperial College and SETPOINT schools liaison activities, including
widening participation activities, please email email@example.com
1998/99 Annual report
1997/98 Annual report