Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust runs an Advocate model across their primary schools. Advocates attend the Primary Advocacy Board which has two committees named Granite and Tor and the primary schools within the Trust are grouped together.
Volunteering as a school advocate is a rewarding experience for you and the local community.
You will join a group of like minded individuals who share the same vision, to provide children with the best possible learning environment and to flourish. Your influence in school governance will help to drive school improvement and ensure a high-quality education for children in our community.
If you are aged 18 and over and are not a staff member of Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, then you can apply to be an advocate. There is no experience or formal training required to become an advocate and you do not need in-depth knowledge of education. Induction and safeguarding training will be given.
Volunteers who accept an advocate role will need an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Advocates work in partnership with school leaders and trustees on the Primary Advocacy Board and are expected to visit the school on a termly basis and meet with pupils, staff and the school community to look at information, evidence progress and most importantly listen to views. Checklists for visits are provided and online reports are submitted three times a year which are shared with the Primary Advocacy Board for review. Actions will be taken and distributed accordingly.
Advocates are required to visit their school a minimum of once a term (3 visits), attend the 4 x Primary Advocacy Board meetings which take place online via Teams and attend an annual governance day (in-person).