pupils benefitted from tuition with one of our tutors
schools and education providers worked in partnership with us
We expanded our tuition programmes into West Yorkshire in 2015, our second major city region, establishing several partnerships with schools in Leeds. We had the full support of the City Council and the University of Leeds and are proud to be an ambassador for Child Friendly Leeds.
With support from the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett ,and Leeds Trinity University we recruited, and continue to recruit, keen and inspiring students to train as tutors to support young learners in the area.
As our reach grew, we developed collaborative partnerships with new schools throughout Leeds. In August 2021, we set up a second West Yorkshire base in the city of Bradford, the sixth largest city in England and one of the most diverse. Bradford is also Britain’s youngest city in terms of the size of its school-age population.
Thanks to support from the University of Bradford and generous funding from the Morrisons Foundation, which is headquartered in Bradford, we were up and running in the city in time for the academic year 2021-2022.
We also had support from Anne-Marie Canning MBE, Independent Chair of the Opportunity Area Board, the OA team, the Leader and Chief Executive of Bradford City Council, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe and Kersten England respectively, and Louise Banahene MBE, Head of Educational Engagement at the University of Leeds and now a member of our Board of Trustees.
Justine [tutor] was incredible – she has a sound knowledge of the curriculum, a fantastic rapport with our children, and worked brilliantly as part of our wider team.”Josh Asquith, Deputy Head, Allerton Bywater Primary School
Which local authorities do you serve?
Please get in touch with the West Yorkshire team if your school is located in any of the following local authorities:
West Yorkshire Schools Partnership Manager
Sharon has more than two decades of experience in the education sector. A graduate of the Institute of Education at the University of London, she began her career by successfully coordinating the "Effective Provision of Pre-school Education" (EPPE) project in Inner London. This endeavour marked a significant milestone as the first major European longitudinal study of young children's development.
Early in her teaching journey, Sharon achieved the status of an Advanced Skills Teacher, opening doors to a role as a pedagogical mentor across schools in Bradford, Birmingham, and Manchester.
Sharon's leadership skillset led her to senior positions within Multi-Academy Trusts across the North of England. Here, she developed the effective use of the peer coaching model, with senior management teams across various educational settings.
During her tenure as a Link Tutor at Bradford College, Sharon nurtured and developed vital Initial Teacher Training school partnerships. Beyond this, she delivered presentations and training sessions on leadership to local education authorities. She joined us in July 2020 as the West Yorkshire Schools Partnership Manager.
Sharon says: "I am proud to be part of an organisation that cares deeply about improving life chances for children and young people in our communities. Having the opportunity to build and nurture partnerships with local schools and educational institutions aimed at identifying and supporting students who might otherwise be left behind due to various barriers is incredibly rewarding.
"My journey as a Schools Partnership Manager has solidified my belief in the power of education to transform lives and has given me a platform to contribute to a more equitable educational landscape."
West Yorkshire Schools Manager
Simon is an experienced Primary teacher and senior leader, joining Tutor Trust in August 2022 to continue his passion for enhancing the educational opportunities of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
After completing his teacher training, Simon took a teaching role in a Leeds school facing some of the biggest barriers to learning in the country. He stayed in this position for eight years, developed as Head of Maths, and went on to join the school's senior leadership team. This gave him valuable experience helping pupils and schools within the Trust to close the attainment gap and improve progress for the most disadvantaged pupils.
He further developed as an educational leader by completing the Teaching Leaders fellow programme for talented educational leaders. Simon is excited to be a part of the Tutor Trust team and is determined to use his skills to help young people overcome barriers to learning and reach their maximum potential.
West Yorkshire Schools Coordinator
Becky first discovered Tutor Trust while at university and spent two years during her BA (Hons) Linguistics degree as a part-time Secondary English tutor with us, working in many of our partner schools across Greater Manchester.
Becky re-joined our team as West Yorkshire Schools Coordinator in February 2023. She is thrilled to once again be working with Tutor Trust to help make a difference in the lives of young people in her hometown of Leeds.
Becky says: "Having the opportunity to support pupils with additional barriers to learning fuelled my passion for a more equitable, accessible, and holistic approach to education. I saw first-hand the impact that pupil-centred tuition can have on the confidence and attainment of pupils through tailored, individual support. As someone who is neurodivergent, this is incredibly important to me – every pupil learns differently, and it’s important for us to celebrate these differences and find new ways of doing things to make learning work for every child.
"It’s been wonderful to work full-time for a charity whose values so strongly align with my own. In September 2023, I became Chair of Tutor Trust’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Staff Group. As part of the group, I hope to develop my continuous learning about ED&I, and help make changes which place equity at the heart of everything we do."
West Yorkshire Schools Administrator
Janet joined us in August 2023. Her background is in the education sector, where she worked for over 20 years as a teacher and teaching assistant. She has also worked in the charitable sector in various voluntary roles including wellbeing and admin.
Janet says: “I am excited to be able to support and enable the West Yorkshire team in delivering programmes which transcend socio-economic barriers and realise young people’s true potential. TutorTrust is a warm and welcoming place to be, where we hold in common a desire to transform the futures of young people.”
West Yorkshire Full-Time Tutor
Aaron worked as a part-time tutor for Tutor Trust whilst studying Geology at the University of Leeds. He fell in love with the style of work and, following completion of his degree in 2022, gave up his pursuit of all things crystallographic to dedicate himself to tutoring maths and science. In March 2023, Aaron joined our West Yorkshire Team as a Full-Time Tutor. Aaron has a keen eye for producing maths lessons focused on engaging and out-of-the-box teaching styles. He brings to the table an enthusiastic persona and deep subject knowledge, which he combines with a love of puzzles.
Aaron says: "I find that working for Tutor Trust allows me to access the fun side of the education industry: that is, working with all sorts of brilliant young people on a level where they have as much an impact on me, as I do (hopefully positively) on them. The work sits in this lovely vacuum sheltered from the drain of actual teaching and I can’t think of a job where I would have more fun."
West Yorkshire Full-Time Tutor
Jo started tutoring with Tutor Trust in 2021, during her first year at the University of Manchester where she studied Linguistics and Social Anthropology. While tutoring in both Primary and Secondary schools across Greater Manchester, Jo’s love for tutoring and passion for educational equity continued to grow. In October 2023, Jo joined the West Yorkshire team as a Full-Time Tutor and is excited to be a part of the enrichment of young people’s lives through education.
Jo says: "I first started working for Tutor Trust as its mission is so close to my heart. Being able to give back to families and young people now is a huge full-circle moment for me. It’s rare that you get to work with so many like-minded people towards a mission that you truly believe in. I feel lucky and grateful to be a part of this journey with Tutor Trust."