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Another transformational year!

As we come to the end of a busy Autumn term, we’re looking back on 12 months of continued impact in which we have extended our reach into even more schools across the North of England.


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It has been 12 months in which we have had much to celebrate, including our 10th anniversary.  We also received successful results from a second Randomised Control Trial (RCT), again led by the Education Endowment Foundation, which makes us unique in the UK education sector. And, for the third successive year, we’ve are a Tuition Partner of the National Tutoring Programme.

Hear from some of our key partners talking about our impact in our celebratory 10th anniversary video

Oonagh Wyss speaks about her school's experience of working with Tutor Trust

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The first term of 2022/2023 is continuing the growth trajectory of 2021/2022. And, whilst our tutors are returning to work with many long-standing school partners, we’re also forging new relationships, so that we can continue to transform lives through tutoring.

This month also marks the end of an era for Tutor Trust, as our Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Nick Bent, left us to become CEO of the national social mobility charity upReach.

Along with fellow Co-Founder Abigail Shapiro, Nick established Tutor Trust from the germ of an idea into the multi-city, award-winning charity we are today.

Nick has been great to work with, in the early days when we were setting up Tutor Trust and, more recently, through our growth and expansion, and I will personally miss working with him. I, together with the Board and all the team at Tutor Trust thank him for his determination, commitment, and clear vision over the years, and wish him success in his new role. I’m delighted he will be able to use his talents to great effect with another charity.

“Whilst Nick leaves big shoes to fill, we are very excited to welcome Ed Marsh to the role of Chief Executive. Ed is a passionate advocate for equity and social mobility, and he has the expertise to lead us to the next stage of our growth. Ed has already begun to meet the team, visited partner schools, and seen our tutors in action, and we can’t wait for him to join us early next year.”
Abigail Shapiro, Co-Founder and Executive Director on Co-Founder Nick Bent
I am hugely grateful to Abigail, the other SMT members, our Trustees and indeed everyone I have worked and partnered with at Tutor Trust.  It has been the honour of my professional life to help nurture our good idea into a brilliant reality with such a bright future ahead of it, and it has been wonderful to work with such a dedicated, creative, and motivated team. 

“This is a bittersweet moment, yet I feel privileged to leave on a real high and with 100% confidence that the charity will continue to thrive and grow.  That confidence rests on the strength of our team and the health of our culture, which is driven by our values and by high professional standards throughout the charity.  I will never stop caring deeply about Tutor Trust and I will always be cheering the team on from the sidelines.”
Nick Bent, Co-Founder and CEO for six years

In 2023 we are looking to expand our reach even further, and build on the strong start to this academic year, when we have:

  • Started tuition sessions with more than 2,500 pupils, 
  • Started delivering tuition in 100 schools across Greater Manchester, Leeds-Bradford and Merseyside,
  • Delivered more than 7,100 individual hour-long tutoring sessions, and,
  • Ensured that more than 1,100 of our 2,512 pupils have already benefited from six or more hours of support.
  • To date, 126 pupils have finished a full programme of 12 hours-plus of tuition.
It has been an extraordinary 12 months for us, with our amazing tutors transforming lives in dozens of schools across the North every day.

“We have had a fast-paced start to the new academic year, and we know already that 2023 is going to be extremely busy, with a number of large programmes continuing into the new year, and more starting. Also, following our strong SATs and GCSE results for tutees this year, we’re already taking enquiries about Easter Clubs from schools wanting to give an extra boost to pupils ahead of exams.

“As always, we couldn’t have achieved any of this without our brilliant tutors and fantastic staff team.”
Abigail Shapiro

As well as supporting more young people than ever, over the last year we have also celebrated a number of successes:

  • In March, ImpactED published their report into The Right Angle, our joint programme with the charity TLC: Talk, Listen Change.  The report showed the benefits of tutoring and counselling combined,
  • We launched our Transition Programme in the Spring Term to smooth the move from primary to secondary school for pupils in several schools across East Salford, Greater Manchester. Participating pupils received Maths tutoring in primary school, and are now continuing to work with their tutors in their secondary schools as they settle into Year 7,
  • We opened our new Leeds office in May, in the heart of the city centre, making it easier for school partners and tutors to connect with the team,
  • We celebrated our 10th anniversary in June with our first Summer Reception in three years,
  • We were presented with an award by the University of Manchester ‘In recognition of valued partnership in teacher education’, 
  • We published the successful results of our second Randomised Control Trial (RCT) in June, showing that a strong connection between tutors and tutees increases attendance.  The findings make us unique in the UK education sector, in having two successful RCTs to our name,
  • In July we received the first set of SATs results, in three years, which showed the hard work of our Year 6 pupils.  Our tutees made, on average, seven scaled score points of progress,
  • At GCSE, Tutor Trust’s disadvantaged tutees did significantly better than disadvantaged pupils nationally, and the gap was even larger when compared with disadvantaged pupils across the 18 local authorities in which we operate,
  • We were confirmed as a Tuition Partner of the National Tutoring Programme for the third successive year,
  • We launched our first ever podcast, Tutorcast, in September,
  • We launched our First Steps programme to make tutor recruitment more equitable, and support more students from backgrounds similar to our pupils, to train as tutors with us,
  • We launched a year-long place-based social mobility research project with the University of Manchester at the end of October.  The project will enable us to better understand, and support, the pupils we serve, and,
  • We published our 2021/2022 Impact Report in November, with a number of schools giving positive feedback on the contents.

We’re looking forward to an amazing 2023, and wish all our partners and supporters, our tutors and tutees, a happy and peaceful Christmas, and a wonderful year ahead.