All of us at Tutor Trust are delighted to have launched our unique, not-for-profit tuition service in Leeds, with the full support of the City Council and the University of Leeds. And we are proud to be an Ambassador for 'Child Friendly Leeds'.
Below is the basic info about who we are, what we do and how to get in touch.
Since we launched in Leeds in September 2015, we have recruited over 250 tutors in Leeds and we have already partnered with over 30 primary and secondary schools in the city.
During the 2016/17 school year, we hope to support many more pupils in English and Maths. Plus 47 primary schools in Leeds are taking part in a major independent evaluation of our Year 6 Maths tuition, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.
We are grateful to the University for giving us free office space in the Careers Centre on Cromer Terrace, and that is where our full-time Leeds staff, Funmi and Maria, are based.
At various points in the academic year, we will be recruiting more tutors for our primary school work, as well as additional English and Maths tutors for KS3 and KS4, so keep an eye on the 'apply to be a tutor' section of our website.
Please follow us on Twitter and help us to spread the word about these great opportunities: @TutorTrustLeeds
We look forward to hearing from you and, we hope, to working with you.
Nick Bent and Abigail Shapiro,
Co-Founders and Directors, The Tutor Trust
We are an education charity, founded in 2011 with a grant from the Education Endowment Foundation and a strategic partnership with Teach First.
Our mission as a charity is to democratise tuition – to make top quality tutors available to all pupils who need one. We do not believe that children with parents who can afford a private tutor should be the only ones who get this extra support.
We also believe that tutors are most effective when they work in school alongside teachers, not behind their backs. Most of our tutors are impressive young undergraduates or graduate students, and Tutor Trust can leverage some of this intellectual capital in our universities into local classrooms – supplementing the brilliant work that classroom teachers do and helping to ensure that every child in Leeds can fulfil their potential.
Schools commission our tutors to provide targeted interventions, usually using Pupil Premium money (and parents do not pay a penny). The feedback from Heads and classroom teachers has been very positive – both about our impact on academic progress in core subjects and our impact on pupils' self-confidence, enjoyment of learning and aspirations.
So far, we have delivered over 50,000 hours of tuition in English, Maths and Science at over 250 primary and secondary schools across Greater Manchester and Leeds, supporting over 10,000 pupils.
Tutor Trust is the only charitable organisation in Britain that offers a professional tuition service to schools on a strictly not-for-profit basis.
In Leeds, we are offering tuition in English and Maths at KS2, KS3 and KS4. Our tutors work across the ability range – with pupils who are struggling to make progress, or with pupils who are on a grade borderline, or with very bright young people who need to be stretched academically by a good tutor to achieve the stellar results they are capable of.
We are very flexible about how and when tuition is delivered, according to the preferences of each school. Tuition can be delivered during the school day and/or after school, on a ratio of 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3. Some of our tutors give academic support while helping to run a Breakfast Club or Lunchtime Club, and we also offer holiday activities and pre-exam booster sessions.
At the heart of Tutor Trust's work is an agenda around fairness and equality of opportunity, but there is also an economic dimension to our work. As a city, Leeds needs to make sure that more of its young people acquire more of the basic skills and more of the personal attributes that employers crave. And because our people are great role models as well as great tutors, we tick both those boxes.
We know how busy school staff are, so our team makes it easy to use our tuition service. We are proud of our high levels of repeat business with partner schools.
The Tutor Trust takes cares of all the recruitment and training of tutors, as well as payments to individual tutors. We insure our tutors and also obtain an enhanced DBS check for each tutor prior to them starting any assignment.
Each school will have a named contact person in the Tutor Trust team to liaise with.
We currently have nearly 500 tutors, nearly all of them bright students at universities in Manchester (University of Manchester; MMU; Salford and RNCM) and the University of Leeds.
Our recruitment process is rigorous and highly competitive, with only about one-third of applicants being successful. We are looking for tutors with strong academic credentials plus good interpersonal skills and proven maturity and reliability.
We work closely with Teach First, who helped to design our tutor recruitment and tutor training programmes. In Manchester, one-quarter of all the graduates that Teach First recruit have previously worked with Tutor Trust.
For our work in Leeds, we recruit tutors from the University of Leeds, and the Tutor Trust office is based in the Careers Centre on campus. We also plan to develop successful partnerships with the other great universities in Leeds.
We hope you like the sound of the ethos and values of Tutor Trust, and the quality of the services we offer as a charity.
If you would like to get in touch, please call 0113 343 5288 or email us at Leeds@thetutortrust.org
Please follow us on Twitter and help us to spread the word about these opportunities: @TutorTrustLeeds