The Tutor Trust, a Greater Manchester based educational charity, is celebrating 8 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 in Manchester and have subsequently grown to support hundreds of schools and thousands of pupils across the whole of Greater Manchester.  The 2018/19 academic year saw us tutor more young people than every before; we delivered over 14,000 hours of tuition at over 100 schools across the city. 

The students have enjoyed the small group nature of the sessions and have found the tutors to have excellent subject knowledge and are able to articulate the learning in a way that is both accessible and engaging. The way that the support can be personalised to the needs of the students and adapted to fit in within the structure of our curriculum has meant that we can maximise the impact of the intervention. Simon Ward, Deputy Head, Falinge Park High School

To hear more about the impact our tutors make, please read our latest Impact Report and see what other school leaders are saying. 

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 and 2 months progress in Reading 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.  You can read the full EEF report on our Impact page here.  

As part of our ongoing partnership with the EEF, we’re delighted to have been announced as a ‘Promising Project’, a massive milestone for Tutor Trust as we seek to transform tuition across the North of England. ‘Promising Projects’ are EEF funded projects which show highly promising results when independently evaluated, and Tutor Trust is one of just 16 across the entire country.