The Sutton Trust, have published their annual report into the tuition industry and have once again referenced the Tutor Trust as a possible solution to the attainment gap that private tuition creates.

The report found that a quarter (24%) of secondary school teachers have taken on private tuition outside school in the past two years. Furthermore, those pupils from ‘high affluence’ households are more likely than those from low affluence households to have received such tuition at some point (34% and 20%, respectively).

The report echoes the suggestions from the Education Endowment Foundation that “one-to-one and small group tuition as a very cost-effective way to boost attainment” and that “schools should consider prioritising one-to-one and small group tuition in their Pupil Premium spending.” In February 2019, the EEF named The Tutor Trust as one of their ‘Promising Projects’, meaning our work has had significant impact when independently evaluated and shows a lot of promise. The Sutton Trust highlight this in their press release.

Co-founders Abigail Shapiro and Nick Bent said:

“We are delighted to be featured in the Sutton Trust’s report. The Sutton Trust’s findings demonstrate how much work still needs to be done if we are to close the attainment gap.

"To have our work recommended by the Sutton Trust, as well as the EEF in giving us ‘Promising Project’ status, gives us great confidence that we can help tackle educational inequality.”

Coverage of the Sutton Trust’s report and the attainment gap has appeared on the BBC and the Guardian websites. Sir Peter Lampl, founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust also appeared on BBC Radio 4 on the 26th September to discuss their findings and highlighted the EEF study which found pupils made 3 months additional progress when receiving tuition from The Tutor Trust.

Sir Peter Lampl has said previously of The Tutor Trust that “the challenge for the future is to scale up and bring the benefits of this model to a large number of disadvantaged young people”.

The Sutton Trust’s findings demonstrate the ongoing need to tackle educational inequality by providing accessible tuition; we are proud to once again have our work acknowledged by the Sutton Trust and will continue to help pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds through affordable, high quality tuition on a not for profit basis.