The Access Project

The Access Project

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  • Education
  • Young people

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The Access Project matches motivated students from disadvantaged backgrounds with graduate volunteers for weekly one-to-one tutorials. These academic sessions help the students to boost their grades and access top universities.


The Access Project matches high-flying graduates with motivated students from disadvantaged areas for one-to-one tutorials. These weekly academic sessions help our students achieve better grades and progress to top universities.

Working in partnership with schools and businesses in London since 2008 we have a proven track record of raising attainment and widening university access. Started by a teacher in Highbury Grove school in Islington, we now work with 14 schools in London and have recently launched the programme in the West Midlands. A dedicated Programme Coordinator works in each of these schools, enabling The Access Project to be fully embedded in school life.

These Programme Coordinators facilitate the tutoring programme as well as delivering support and expertise in the university application process to the students and school.

In 2013/14 our volunteer tutors delivered 8070 hours of tuition to our students, each pairing meeting weekly, usually at the tutors' place of work, for these academic sessions. Our 700 strong pool of volunteers come from many professions and include lawyers, doctors, engineers and consultants. 

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