Volunteering scheme (Covid-19) update

Date published: 28 April 2020

The Minister’s calls for volunteers to assist our dedicated teaching and non-teaching staff in schools to provide educational supervision for vulnerable children and for the children of key workers have been answered overwhelmingly and over 1000 applications have been received.

Covid-19 News

To date, it has not been necessary to call on our volunteers, as our dedicated teaching and non-teaching staff have been coping well.

Volunteers will only be called upon when the Education Authority has exhausted a school’s own resources, the wider teacher workforce and the NI Substitute Teacher Register.

It has therefore been decided to pause the volunteering scheme at present, however, should the situation surrounding Covid-19 escalate, the scheme will be reinstated.  

The Department would like to thank all those who have offered to help at this very difficult time.


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