The Tutor Trust began life in Manchester, as a small pilot of a simple but radical new idea to boost the educational opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people.  Our start-up funding in 2011 came from the prestigious Education Endowment Foundation, and during 2017 the EEF has also funded an ambitious randomised control trial of our work (the report on this is due in March 2018).

Our very first tuition sessions were at Whalley Range High School in February 2012 (a school we have partnered with every year since), working with KS4 pupils, and since then we have grown into an award-winning charity operating in primary schools and secondary schools right across Greater Manchester and Leeds. 

We have recruited and trained over 1,200 tutors, who between them have delivered over 75,000 hours of tuition in English, Maths and Science since 2012.  A high proportion of our beneficiaries are on free school meals, and in 2016/17 in Greater Manchester 22% of our tuition has been delivered to Looked After Children.

WHAT MAKES OUR CHARITY INNOVATIVE AND UNIQUE?  

The Tutor Trust is pioneering a radical new way to give high quality education support to disadvantaged pupils, who often struggle at school.  

Beforehand, nobody in Britain had ever offered a service like Tutor Trust to schools.  It is the combination of five elements that makes our charity unique:  

  • First, we recruit high calibre university students as tutors and universities welcome us on campus, because of the benefits to their students.  
  • Second, our bright young tutors are paid for their work in schools and they treat the tuition as a job - they are not volunteers.  
  • Third, we have a tough, competitive tutor selection and training programme, developed with PwC and Teach First.  Only 25% of applicants are successful.   
  • Fourth, the whole tutor brokering service to schools is run on a strictly not-for-profit basis, so schools get value for money and they like our ethos.  
  • Fifth, at the heart of our work is a strong working partnership between classroom teachers and our tutors, for the benefit of the pupils; our tutors are a great resource for busy teachers and great role models to the pupils.