After an amazing 2022/2023 which saw the arrival of our new Chief Executive Officer Ed Marsh and the launch of several schemes of work including our Literature Lit Up programme, we’re excited to look ahead to what lies ahead for 2023/2024. Here are a few highlights:

1. We’re keeping the costs of our tuition the same as 2022/2023

Although this year will no doubt be challenging for our school partners, we’ve seen a record number of schools sign up already to access our high-quality tutoring programme. The NTP (National Tutoring Programme) subsidy may have reduced from 60% to 50%, but we’ve pledged to schools to keep tuition costs the same as last year, ensuring as many young people as possible can receive support from our tutors.

Helping young people achieve their full potential is at the heart of everything we do. We work collaboratively with our school partners and understand the challenges that they’re facing with tighter budgets than ever, continued rising costs and the fall in the NTP subsidy.

To ensure that children most in need of support can receive it, we have adapted and worked with our generous funders to offer schools high-quality tuition at the same rates as they paid in 2022/2023. We have already seen a record number of schools sign up to work with us before the forthcoming academic year gets underway, and we look forward to welcoming more on board as the new term begins.”

Ed Marsh, The Tutor Trust CEO and Abigail Shapiro, The Tutor Trust Co-founder, and Executive Director

  1. We’re increasing opportunities for tutors from under-represented groups

Tackling inequity within education applies as much to our tutors as the pupils we work with in schools. This month we’re rolling out our successful  Widening Participation (WP) programme with all our university partners. The programme aims to provide potential tutors from underrepresented groups with the confidence to apply to work with us and our data from internal assessments is showing that pupils whose tutors engaged with Widening Participation make the most progress! After successfully piloting the programme with the WP and Access teams at our long-term partners at the University of Manchester and University of Leeds earlier this year, we are delighted to be able to now launch this across our city regions.  

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  1. Our school partners love working with us!

Don’t just take our word for it! Our latest survey tells us that an incredible 97% of school partners would recommend us to another school, highlighting the quality of tuition and reliability and professionalism of our tutors as the main contributing factors. On the majority of questions, we saw a positive increase in scores given when compared with the 2022/2023 survey. Many partners also used the survey as an opportunity to thank the tutors and Tutor Trust staff they had worked with:

 Oscar's enthusiasm for Maths made a positive change in some of our pupil's attitudes towards the subject." 

Jake Dempsey, Fairfield High School for Girls

   4. We're working hard to better understand our pupils and their communities

In order to ensure that we can better support the young people that we work with and the communities that we work within, we’ve embarked on a really exciting piece of research in partnership with the University of Manchester. Our Poverty and Place research aims to explore how the use of language to describe communities, the language we use with schools and pupils and how we describe our offer can be used to better set our tutees up for success from the outset.

  1. We’ll be supporting more children and young people with quality tutoring

The last academic year saw us:

  • Provide high-quality tuition to 6,463  pupils during the academic year, 87% of whom came from our target population*
  • Run 7,627 tuition programmes.
  • Support pupils with 34,000 hours of tutoring.
  • Work closely, and flexibly, with 156 schools.
  • Recruit 340 individuals to train as tutors with us.
  • Hear that our Year 11 GCSE tutees had surpassed the average national performance for disadvantaged pupils, even more so when looking at the 18 local authorities in which we work.

As we move into 2023/2024, we remain the only tutoring charity with 2 positive Randomised Control Trials! We look forward to continuing to ‘transform lives through to tutoring’ by delivering our proven high-quality and impactful tuition to pupils from underrepresented groups across Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Leeds, and Bradford.

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*Schools with high proportion of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium, or which serve lower-income communities