The Tutor Trust ensures that every single hour one of our tutors spends with a young person is as positive and effective as possible.  The young people we serve deserve the very best tuition, and our partner schools need to know that our tuition is achieving its aims and giving value for money.  As a charity, we constantly review and refine every aspect of our work, drawing on extensive feedback from schools and utilising the best research evidence and professional practice available.

High expectations about the quality of tuition we deliver are shared with tutors from the very beginning of the recruitment process.  Then, during training, we share the specific success criteria we have for highly effective tuition sessions.  Our tutor training programme is designed and delivered by our team of trainers, who are all highly respected teaching professional with senior roles in schools and/or in teacher training.  Once tutors are trained and tutoring in schools, our Primary and Secondary Quality Managers - both teachers with extensive school leadership experience - lead the quality strategy across Greater Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.  This is to ensure that tuition is consistently delivered to our high standards in all tuition sessions, and in turn that pupils are making accelerated progress in school.  Throughout this process they are supported by our Recruitment and Impact Coordinator

The quality of tuition is measured against specific success criteria and this real-time monitoring is carried out in two main ways:  First, by observing actual tuition sessions in schools and, second, by checking the tutors' lesson plans.  Tutors receive detailed feedback where their strengths are celebrated and their areas for development are shared, so that they can become better at the job and improve the quality of each hour of tuition they deliver. 

Tutor Trust also organises CPD sessions at regular times throughout the year, often in partnership with other expert organisations such as Teach First and Frontline, so that tutors have frequent opportunities to build their knowledge and skills.

The Tutor Trust recently introduced the Advanced Tutor Pathway as another means of monitoring and improving quality. The Pathway records the progress all our tutors make during their time with us, scoring them for a variety of factors such as the number of hours they’ve worked, the number of subjects they’ve trained in and the quality of their tuition sessions. Tutors who score the highest become our Advanced Tutors – these are considered the most reliable, committed and highest quality tutors. Although we hold all our tutors to the highest standard and expect nothing but the best from them, Advanced Tutor status is a reward for our most experienced and enthusiastic tutors.

We expect all our tutors to fulfil their potential, further improve the quality of their tuition and subsequently get the most out of their role. The Advanced Tutor Pathway allows us to monitor tuition quality whilst giving tutors something to work towards and showing them how they can improve and have the most impact on the pupils they work with.