We are delighted to have set up tuition for this academic year in all 5 primary schools of the Harmony Multi-Academy Trust.  These schools are all based in Oldham, a Department for Education Opportunity Area in Greater Manchester.

The Tutor Trust began a partnership with the Harmony Trust in January 2018, working across all 5 schools: Westwood Academy, Richmond Academy, Alt Academy, Greenhill Academy and Northmoor Academy.  They all had Reading and/or Maths tuition in Year 6 from January until the run up to SATs in May.  Overall, tutors worked a total of nearly 300 hours across the 2018/19 academic year and the evidence gathered shows the impact tutors had on pupils’ attainment and their attitude to learning.

Richmond Academy had a total of 69 hours of Reading tuition for 18 pupils.  In the 2018 SATs, 83% of those tutees (15 out of 18) achieved the Expected Standard for Reading, which contributed overall to 75% of the school’s Year 6 cohort reaching the Expected Standard in Reading.    

Our tutors also had an impact on pupil’s attitude to learning as revealed by our Pupil Voice analysis.  All pupils receiving tuition across all the Harmony Trust schools were asked to rate several statements, before and after tuition.  79% of pupils agreed they felt confident in school lessons before tuition compared to 92% who agree after having tuition.  In addition, 70% of pupils felt confident in their ability before tuition which grew to 87% of pupils who felt confident in their ability after tuition.

Antony Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of the Harmony Trust, said: “We are very proud of our partnership with the Tutor Trust and the impact it is having on our children’s learning and confidence.  The undergraduate and postgraduate tutors are excellent role models who share our commitment to ensuring that children living in disadvantaged areas can access high quality tuition that prepares them well for the next phase of their education.”

Abigail Shapiro and Nick Bent, Co Founders of the Tutor Trust, supported the importance of working in partnership: “It is exciting to be able to build on the success we have already achieved with the schools in the Harmony Trust. Our strong partnership ensures more children have access to high quality tuition so there is even more impact on the learning and confidence of those children who most need it.”   

We are delighted to be working together again this academic year: to support even more pupils across Harmony Trust schools; to support the Oldham Opportunity Area; and to inspire more pupils to be ‘Work wise’ as part of the Harmony Pledge.

Click here for more information about the Harmony Trust and here for our case study at Northmoor Academy.