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Secondary school FAQ

We've answered some of secondary schools' most common questions about tutoring below.

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Tutoring can feel complicated, but tutoring with us needn't be. We've answered some of the most common questions secondary schools ask below, but if there is anything else you'd like to speak to us about, please just get in touch.

In secondary schools, we offer tutoring in English, maths and science. 

We work with all year groups between Year 7 and Year 11. 

We are currently piloting work in sixth forms and further education colleges with students who are retaking GCSE English and/or GCSE Maths. If you are interested in this work, please do get in touch.

As a registered charity, we aim to narrow the attainment gap between pupils attracting Pupil Premium funding and their peers. We therefore want to work with as many of these pupils as possible and ask that, wherever possible, at least 75% of the tutoring cohort attract Pupil Premium, are Cared for Children, or are attending Alternative Provision or are at risk of exclusion.

If your school primarily serves a low-income community, we can be more flexible with this requirement. 

We respect the fact that teachers in school are best placed to decide which pupils both need tutoring and will engage positively with our tutors. We know that the continued impact of the pandemic means that there are a broader range of pupils who may need additional support.

Please talk to us about which pupils you would like to receive tutoring and we can take it from there.


Our tutors can work with pupils at all levels of attainment, from those considerably below age-related expectations to those targeting top grades at GCSE. For small group tutoring, we ask that pupils are grouped with others of similar levels of attainment. 

Mainstream primary tutors are able to work with pupils with mild to moderate SEND, but are not trained to work with pupils with severe SEND or those who demonstrate very challenging behaviour. If you are interested in tutoring for these pupils please explore our 1:1 Tutoring Plus offer.

We ask that each pupil receives a minimum of 15 hours of tutoring. Most schools opt that each tutoring group receives an hour of tutoring each week, meaning that the initial programme will run for 15 weeks. After this point, some schools opt to continue with the same groups or to begin a new programme with different pupils.

Some schools opt for more intensive programmes in which pupils receive more than one hour of tutoring per week, particularly in the run up to GCSE exams.

Absolutely! NTP subsidies can be used to cover 50% of the cost of the tutoring programme, with the school contributing the remaining 50%. More information on costings, including a calculator to estimate the cost of your proposed programme, can be found here. 

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Got a question we've not answered here or interested in setting up a programme in your school? We'd love to hear from you.

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