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MP praises York student volunteers

Posted on 12 June 2003

Nearly 200 University of York students received certificates from Frank Dobson MP on 11 June in recognition of their work in York schools.

The York Students in Schools project placed around 400 students as assistants in York schools this year. Frank Dobson praised the students' dedication and their commitment to their local community. "Student tutors are enthusiastic, reliable people who give up half a day a week for 10 weeks to provide assistance to teachers and bring new ideas to the classrooms," said Lyn Whiting, YSIS coordinator. "They help children of all ages - from three years to 18 - across all areas of the curriculum, from sport and drama to science and technology, and also in lunch time and after-school clubs.

"Overseas students help children from other countries to settle in to York schools; native speakers of French, Spanish, German and Italian help with language lessons, students with specialist expertise work individually with gifted and talented secondary pupils in maths, science and English, while literacy support for less able pupils is particularly welcomed."

It was announced on 2 June this year that the YSIS project had won a Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for its work.

Notes to editors:

  • YSIS coordinates all school-based volunteering at the University of York. It incorporates the Student Mentoring Programme, the Student Tutoring Programme, and other learning support schemes. Students support classroom teachers to help children realise their potential and raise their achievements and aspirations, thus promoting the Government's Widening Participation scheme. Further information can be found on the YSIS website at

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