Social Mobility

 

It’s imperative to us that our vision for a collaborative tutoring world reaches all corners of society.

With generous donations from investors, we recently ran a pilot to provide tutoring for ten GCSE-level students at Kensington Aldridge Academy.

Building through disaster and adversity - sitting directly at the foot of Grenfell Tower - the community spirit within the school is obvious and powerful. Assemblies are engaging and collaborative. A start-up themselves, KAA has a grown into a school where students and teachers interact as equals.

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For our tutoring pilot, students connected to professional tutors online via their school classroom. Over a period of 6 weeks, each student had their own tutor to support revision in Science, Maths and English.

Being a pilot we expected some technical hiccups. The school’s firewall and Google privacy settings didn’t disappoint, and for the first few weeks, sessions got off to a bumpy start.

To the sceptics of online tutoring (and I used to be one!), engagement in the sessions was extremely high and teachers at the school applauded the level of commitment from the tutors and their students.

Internally, the project was supported by Assistant Principal Toby Fisher.

“I was really impressed with how the sessions worked. Student feedback has been really positive and really feel it has made a difference with their knowledge and understanding. Research proves that 1-2-1 tuition has a big impact on student progress and The Tutors Network system allows our students to access high-quality tutoring without having to leave the building, saving time and money. We are excited about working with Chris and Josh in the future.”

Feedback from students:

“I enjoyed how easy it was to revise off of the platform as my tutor Marc gave great notes. I would say that it helped me make progress as I passed my mocks due to what Marc taught me” (Charlie, Maths).

“I found the sessions very useful. My skills in quantitative chemistry have increased and I feel confident answering questions. I enjoyed learning to answer the questions and my tutor showing me new skills. My tutor helped me make a lot of progress in my work” (Sharjul, Chemistry).

Feedback from tutors:

“It was a very positive experience that I'm really happy that I was able to be part of, and it made a huge difference to the kids involved. Communication was fantastic and the team worked hard to make sure everything ran as smoothly as possible, so I could just focus on the tutoring.” (Heather Teague, English Tutor).