Recognising skills built through volunteering

  • Class or whole school groups of students
  • 9 to 19 year olds
  • Programmes vary in length, from 1 to 50+ hours

Sports Leader Qualifications (SLQs) provide students with opportunities to develop leadership and life skills, aiming to boost confidence, aid attainment and develop employability skills through a range of subject mediums. Students volunteer to build and demonstrate skills, gaining nationally recognised awards and qualifications in subject areas relevant to them.

Run by: SLQ lead within schools, this is commonly the Curriculum Lead, Assistant Head teacher, or PSHE lead

External involvement: SLQ

Other attributes developed: Self-belief, self-management, communication, employability

Reflection: Students complete a ‘Learner Evidence Record’ as part of their qualification which recognises the skills and behaviours they’ve developed through the course as well as documenting volunteering they’ve completed

Links to curriculum learning: All qualifications and awards map into subject specific curricula as well as PSHE, Character and Personal Development curricula

Opportunities to link to career-related learning: Volunteering within organisations provides students with opportunities to experience workplaces. Links to Gatsby Benchmarks 4 and 6 - Linking curriculum learning to careers, and experiences of workplaces