Tutors United

Tutors United

At a glance

Causes

  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Training / employment support
  • Young people

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
National - Britain

Objectives

We're Tutors United. We're on a mission to end the attainment and employability gap through the power of community-based tutoring. We support young people to thrive at two key transition points - from primary to secondary school, and from university to employment.

Working with housing associations and other local partners, we run free programmes for primary school children and their families, providing access to vital educational support to those who need it most. We're proud to serve diverse, low-income, refugee, migrant, and multilingual communities across London, the Midlands, and the North West.

We hire, train, and pay inspiring university students - most of whom also come from low income households - as tutors, providing them with meaningful, paid work experience and support to boost their careers.

Each year, our work gives hundreds of young people, parents and carers the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to maximise education and employment opportunities. To date, we have worked with over 600 university students to deliver tuition to 3,400 primary school pupils across London and the UK.

Activities

Primary school pupils from low-income families face an uphill battle at school. Children from statistically disadvantaged backgrounds are 20% less likely to achieve expected standards in reading, writing, and Maths by the time they finish primary school, resulting in an average attainment gap of 10.3 months. Catching up is often an impossible task, as private tuition is far too often out of reach.

That's where Tutors United comes in. We deliver free, after-school, weekly English and Maths tutorials in local community centres and online, to ensure that primary school children can transition to secondary school literate and numerate with a strong foundation of soft skills and ongoing family support to guarantee long-term success. We upskill parents and carers with functional skills to maximise both their children’s and their own education and employment opportunities. We provide income, training and development opportunities to our tutors, offering a unique employment opportunity for university students looking to build transferable skills ahead of graduation.

Our life-changing programmes have led to average improvements of 48% in Maths after just 12 hours of tuition – an amazing achievement by all our budding mathematicians! Pupils have also progressed, on average, by 1.5 sub-levels in English. Over 80% of parents and carers report their child’s increased confidence in learning, which is sustained into Year 7.

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