The Tutor Trust, a Greater Manchester based educational charity, is celebrating 7 years since Co-Founders Nick Bent and Abigail Shapiro secured the prestigious launch grant from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) which enabled its creation in Greater Manchester.

The Tutor Trust was registered as a charity at the end of September 2011; we delivered our very first tuition session in February 2012, at Whalley Range High School for Girls in Manchester.

Since then, Tutor Trust has:

  • Recruited and trained over 1,200 tutors, mostly talented university students
  • Provided over 90,000 hours of academic tuition to schools
  • Supported over 14,000 pupils (mostly on free school meals or looked after children)
  • Partnered with over 300 primary and secondary schools
  • Worked in schools in all 10 Greater Manchester authorities 
  • Opened offices in Leeds (2015) and Liverpool (2018)

Seven years on, Tutor Trust remains unique in Britain as a professional tuition service provider working exclusively with state schools and run on a strictly not-for-profit basis. During that time we have amassed a wealth of positive feedback, qualitative and quantitative, about the impact of our tuition from the schools we've worked with. Please read our latest Impact Report to see the positive impact our tutors make.

The gold standard for evidence of impact is a randomised control trial (RCT), so we were delighted that during the 2016/17 school year the Education Endowment Foundation funded an RCT of our tuition. 

We are thrilled with the results:  Pupils in the intervention group who received our tuition made an additional 3 months of progress in Maths compared with pupils in the control group.  On average, this 3 months of additional progress was the outcome from just 12 hours of tuition, delivered on a 1:3 tutor to pupil basis. 

We are particularly chuffed that EEF found our tutors made the biggest difference to pupils on Free Schools Meals and pupils with low prior attainment.  The pupils in this evaluation were three times more likely to be on Free School Meals than the national average.  So, this is solid proof that Tutor Trust helps to close the attainment gap.

We are now discussing with EEF and other partners how Tutor Trust can grow to serve even more schools across the Northern Powerhouse.  You can read the full EEF report on our Impact page here.