Your role

We aim to make organising tutoring as simple as possible for schools, but tuition works best when there is a good working relationship between Tutor Trust staff, school staff, tutors and students.  We require a member of school staff to be nominated as Tuition Leader.  They will be the key point of contact for Tutor Trust and will ensure that the programme runs smoothly from the school's end.  A full description of the role of a Tuition Leader can be provided on request.

Once tutors are in place for a tuition assignment, it is important that we collect baseline attainment data from schools for the students who are to receive tutoring (this data can be strictly anonymised).  This is vital for us to monitor the impact of our tutoring.

Once we have received baseline data, we will arrange an introductory meeting with yourself and the tutors.  This is an opportunity for school staff to discuss the needs of the individual pupils and introduce the tutors to the school.  The information that tutors will need to know before an assignment begins include:

  • Current and target grades for the students
  • Topics to cover during tuition
  • The school's behaviour and reward system
  • Who are the main points of contact and who is the lead for Safeguarding

Flexible tuition for schools

We strongly believe that it is for schools, not Tutor Trust, to determine the tutoring needs of their students and to decide how and when these tutoring needs should be met.  The Tutor Trust has a commitment to be guided by schools on this.  Based on our experience of what has worked before, some suggestions are below:

Length of programme

Evidence has shown that 12 hours of tutoring makes a significant impact. We therefore recommend that each student receives at least 15 hours of tutoring over the course of the programme in order for the intervention to have a meaningful outcome.


We typically provide tutoring during the school day. This retains the structure and habits that students are used to and helps to ensure their full attendance. Tutoring at weekends and after the school day can be provided if there is no alternative. However, the majority of our tutors are undergraduates, so live in student areas and cannot drive.  Depending on the location of your school, please note that we may not be able to facilitate tuition requests if tutors will be traveling significant distances for just an hour of work.

Number of tutors

The model of tutoring that we have found to be most successful for large groups of pupils is when a small group of tutors (or even a single tutor) deliver several hours of tutoring at a time.  In this model the same tutor may work at the school for 2 or 3 hours on any given day, rotating through groups.  This helps to reduce the amount of administration for the school and enables our tutors to get to know your students and the school better.

For further information on successful school partnerships, please read the appropriate partnership guide below.  To speak to someone at Tutor Trust about tuition, please go here.

Primary School partnership guide

Secondary School partnership guide