Transforming Tuition

The Tutor Trust has recently been featured in the Radio 4 documentary, Teacher Versus Tutor. Listen below to our extracts from the programme, highlighting the effective relationship that our tutors build with the schools they work in. The full programme can be found on BBC iPlayer here.


The Tutor Trust is a not-for-profit social enterprise, based in Manchester.

The Tutor Trust aims to transform the provision of top-up-tuition in the UK, and to play its part in reducing the attainment gap in education. We are unique in offering a high-quality, flexible and professional tuition service on a not-for-profit basis. We have a particular focus on serving schools in challenging communities, of which there are many in Manchester.

We passionately believe that good quality, flexible and affordable tuition can play an important role in tackling underachievement and disadvantage in tandem with other initiatives.


The Trust is a not-for-profit broker linking undergraduates and other potential tutors with disadvantaged schools that wish to provide tuition for their pupils. It selects, trains, and insures tutors, and also handles the logistics of organising lessons.

As a not-for-profit entity, any financial surplus that the Tutor Trust generates is re-invested in tuition services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds at target schools.

Each Tutor will 'give something back' to the organisation by offering a free hour for every six hours they get paid, in line with our ethos.

In time, the Tutor Trust's model could be expanded to offer tuition services in every major town and city in the UK, and thus help to transform the achievements and life chances of Britain's schoolchildren.


The Tutor Trusts has provided tuition within all 10 Greater Manchester local authorities:

  • Salford
  • Manchester
  • Trafford
  • Tameside
  • Oldham
  • Stockport
  • Bury
  • Rochdale
  • Bolton
  • Wigan

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  • "The Tutor Trust initiative has had a significant impact on the progress of selected pupils across the disciplines of English, Maths and Science. We have been very impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the students, with excellent relationships being formed very quickly. We look forward to continuing to work with the Trust in the future."
    Guy Hutchence,
    Principal, East Manchester Academy
  • "The Tutor Trust is a welcome addition to education services in Manchester. It will complement the excellent work being done by schools to boost academic attainment and ensure that all our young people have the chance to succeed and make a positive contribution to our city's future."
    Sir Richard Leese and Sir Howard Bernstein,
    Leader and Chief Executive, Manchester City Council
  • "The University of Manchester is delighted to be working with Tutor Trust. We both share a passion for improving the educational prospects of young people across the city-region and we look forward to involving our student and staff body in support of the Trust's aims."
    Tom Bloxham MBE,
    Chancellor, The University of Manchester
  • "Teach First is proud to support The Tutor Trust and thoroughly encourages graduates to get involved. Both our organisations are passionate about supporting the learning of pupils from lower socio-economic backgrounds and can see the impact The Tutor Trust will have, we also look forward to hiring many tutors onto Teach First in the future!"
    James Darley,
    Director of Graduate Recruitment, Teach First
  • "The Tutor Trust has made a strong start in turning a great idea into an effective, successful organisation that is making a positive difference to young people in Manchester. I urge other local authorities and schools to work with them in the 2012/2013 academic year."
    Sir Peter Lampl,
    Chair of Trustees of the Education Endowment Foundation
  • "We have been exceptionally pleased with the quality and organisation of the Tutor Trust scheme. The administrative arrangements were excellent, the quality and dedication of the tutors is admirable and the response of our learners has been very good indeed. Our English and Maths departments have worked effectively with the Tutor Trust tutors to make the experience undoubtedly worthwhile."
    David Ainsworth,
    Head Teacher at Trinity Church of England High School, Hulme
  • "The Tutor Trust have been professional, reliable and consistent. They have been instrumental in improving the outcomes both emotionally and academically for our students. The students have said the tutors explained things in a simple way and made them feel very comfortable so that they didn't feel silly to ask questions."
    Colette Walker,
    Manchester Academy