We know our tutors make a huge difference to the lives of the young people they work with.  And we strive to ensure that we collect robust evidence of our impact.  

Tutor Trust is now a proven success story and we have gold standard evidence that our model works.  In November last year, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published the results of our randomised control trial, a large-scale effectiveness study of our Year 6 Maths tuition.  Pupils in the intervention group made an additional 3 months of progress in Maths and 2 months in Reading.  The positive impact of tuition was particularly strong for pupils on free school meals and pupils with low prior attainment, which shows Tutor Trust is narrowing the attainment gap.

We also collect school impact data at regular points in every academic year to measure impact.  This provides evidence of how much progress pupils make during their time with tutors, as measured against an agreed benchmark (this may be a mock exam, a teacher assessment or a previous public test such as KS1 SATs).  We also gather contextual data about pupil demographics and, of course, end-point data on pupils’ attainment at the end of tuition assignments (usually KS2 SATs results or GCSE results).  Tutors are obliged to complete pupil registers at every tuition session, so we can keep track of the ‘dosage’ of tuition each pupil receives.  This allows us to collect even more robust impact data. 

The Tutor Survey and the Teacher Survey, conducted at the end of each academic year, provides us with qualitative feedback that measures the impact of tuition.  We ask all our tutors and all our partner teachers and school leaders to complete a comprehensive survey that covers every aspect of our tuition services.  These surveys explicitly ask for suggestions for improvements for the following academic year.  We get a very high rate of returns on these surveys and they provide a huge amount of very detailed intelligence for our whole team.  We also gain valuable insights into the impact tuition has on tutors’ future career plans once they graduate, and with every new cohort of tutors we see greater numbers intending to go into teaching.

Progress Review Meetings/End of Year Review meetings are also held with school staff and The Tutor Trust and provide further evidence about the impact of tuition during - and at the end of - tuition.  Strengths are celebrated and recommendations are implemented so that tuition can be improved.

The impact of tuition on children and young people in Primary schools and Alternative Provision is measured using Pupil Voice.  This involves them rating several statements using a scale at the beginning and end of tuition which are then analysed. The outcomes are then used by Tutor Trust and schools as evidence of impact from the pupils’ point of view.   

The monitoring procedures outlined in 'Monitoring quality' provide evidence of the quality of tuition and also real-time impact of pupil progress within a lesson.  We use specific success criteria when observing tuition sessions in schools and checking the tutors' lesson plans and feedback forms.  Tutors and the school receive detailed feedback where their strengths are celebrated and their areas for development are shared, thereby improving the quality of tuition and its impact. 

Feedback forms are completed by all trainers and tutors at the end of every training session.  This applies to the main training programme before tutors do any work for us and to the various CPD sessions that take place, including the compulsory ‘refresher’ training for tutors at the start of each new academic year.  This detailed feedback provides the Quality Team with evidence of the impact of training and CPD and with ideas for what changes need to be implemented to improve future training and CPD sessions.

Last year, we were proud to announce that The Tutor Trust and our sister charity, TLC: Talk, Listen, Change, had been one of only nine successful bidders to the Department for Education’s Alternative Provision Innovation Fund (APIF).  In August the two charities formally launched The Right Angle, a £600,000 pioneering two-year pilot for young people in Greater Manchester which marked The Tutor Trust’s first grant from the Department for Education.  Each young person receiving support through The Right Angle is entitled to twelve weeks of tuition as well as ten hours of counselling delivered by TLC’s trained counsellors.  One year into the two-year programme, the Department for Education and Ecorys are rigorously evaluating the impact of the pilot project with interim data suggesting the package of tuition and counselling is reducing exclusions, increasing attendance and raising attainment.