APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED FOR PAID POSITIONS. If you applied, thank you very much! We have had over 120 applications, we expect to let everyone know if they have been shortlisted by 14th July. Thank you for your patience.

Would you like to make a difference to children in Hartlepool this summer? We have opportunities to help to coordinate, support, or volunteer in a summer school for children who have been the most disadvantaged by lockdowns.

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Gamers@Hart is setting out to reduce two of barriers to progress in school that disadvantaged children face every September: the ‘summer gap’ in maths attainment, and remaining ‘ready for school’.

We have developed a curriculum that is designed to be fun: a fast-paced, Pokemon themed set of enjoyable activities to keep children motivated and attendance high. These activities are also chosen to improve confidence in numeracy and use games (like Pokemon) to demonstrate real-world use of maths. Specifically, using a distributed practice approach, we will cycle through a daily focus on: basic operations, probability and ratios, and shape and space. Children will review these topics with a small amount of direct teaching, consolidated through games that (in our experience) kids love!

We will also be seeking to keep children ‘ready for school’, with the provision of a regular and predicable timetable, practise concentrating and listening, and following instructions. Although there will be an ethos of fun and informality, games (like Pokemon) naturally require a certain level of co-operation and self-discipling to play that will help children remain ready for school in September. Other curriculum areas, particularly literacy, will also be supported during this four week holiday club.

We are working the Hartlepool Borough Council to provide a summer school with the aims to:

  • Prevent further deterioration in maths amongst the most disadvantaged pupils
  • Increase confidence with numeracy and improve maths skills
  • Keep children ‘ready for school’
  • Develop social skills
  • Develop peer leadership skills
  • Develop problem solving and strategizing
  • Keep children active
  • Provide ongoing inclusion into a new hobby

The summer school will include a daily mix of:

  • Learning/playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game
  • Outdoor games and activities
  • Craft activities
  • Direct maths teaching
  • Other games that provide maths practice.

We are seeking people who have experience of working with children generally, and co-ordinators who have experience in teaching or tutoring primary age children. We will provide training on the games and curriculum for the summer school.

More information and how to apply:

If you have any questions or queries email

The deadline for paid positions has now passed. Many thanks to everyone who has applied. We will be in touch shortly.

For information about how to volunteer click here, and register here.