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.

Who

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.

How

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.

Schools

The Tutor Trust has delivered Maths, English and Science tuition in 35 schools in 2012/13. They are:

Primary Schools

  • Abbey Hey Primary
  • Baguley Hall Primary
  • Benchill Primary
  • Haveley Hey Primary
  • Moston Lane Primary
  • Sacred Heart Primary, Gorton
  • Summerville Primary
  • St Anne's Primary, Crumpsall
  • St James CofE Primary, Gorton
  • St Mary's CofE Primary, Moston
  • St Philip’s Primary, Hulme
  • The Willows Primary
  • Wilbraham Primary
  • William Hulme Grammar Primary

Secondary Schools

  • Abraham Moss High School
  • Cedar Mount Academy
  • Chorlton High School
  • Droylsden Academy
  • East Manchester Academy
  • Irlam and Cadishead College
  • Loreto High School
  • Manchester Communication Academy
  • Manchester Creative and Media Academy
  • Manchester Enterprise Academy
  • Manchester Health Academy
  • Newall Green High School
  • Sale Grammar School
  • Salford City Academy
  • St Matthew’s RC High School
  • St Paul’s High School
  • The Albion Academy
  • The Barlow RC High School
  • Trinity C of E High School
  • Walkden High School
  • Wentworth Academy
  • Whalley Range High School
  • William Hulme Grammar School
  • Wright Robinson College

We have also been working with The Manchester College to provide Maths and English revision for GCSE resits.

In addition the Tutor Trust has a contract with Manchester City Council to provide one-to-one tuition for a cohort of Looked After Children in Year 11 across Manchester.

The Tutor Trust

Testimonials

  • "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 is already proving to be a high quality education provider in the city: In our secondary schools; at The Manchester College; and through working with Looked After Children. We hope and expect their impressive Tutors to have an even greater impact in the 2012/2013 academic year, and we are pleased to be supporting the pilot of their tuition model in some of our primary schools as well."
    Sir Richard Leese and Sir Howard Bernstein,
    Leader and Chief Executive, Manchester City Council