The scheme aims to:
- Help raise students’ achievement levels and increase the amount of contact time they have with an adult
- Raise students’ aspirations and encourage them to consider higher education when they leave school
- Give LSE Student Tutors the opportunity to develop their social, organisational and problem solving skills
- Enable LSE Student Tutors to gain important work experience, and to take part in a valuable community programme.
Since 2012, over 850 pupils in schools across London have been tutored by LSE students.
Tutors are recruited in October from a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and normally spend an hour per week at a school or college in the Spring Term. They work in small groups or on a one-to-one basis, assisting selected students with their studies.
Previous tutors have provided help with Mathematics, English, Economics, Science, History, Geography, Government and Politics, Philosophy and Ethics, and other subjects.
There is no cost to take part.
All staff and students involved in the sessions receive appropriate training before the event. Staff or students working directly and regularly with young people on activities receive specific training on working with children, in line with LSE’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. They also undergo an appropriate level Disclosure and Barring Service check.
The scheme is available to pupils in Years 9-12 studying at secondary state schools and FE colleges in the Greater London area.
Students who are selected to participate should have the potential to go on to a Russell Group University. For students in Year 11/12 we will also be looking for 5 A*-C predicted/achieved GCSE grades at a minimum.
Schools must be non-selective and state funded in order to be eligible for the Mentoring or Tutoring schemes. We will prioritise inner London state schools and colleges.
Please also see our core eligibility criteria.
"I started tutoring for a number of reasons: I wanted to gain experience of teaching as a future career, and I wanted to share the advantages that I have had in my life to give a boost to other students, to help them aim for LSE and other top universities. Taking part in the programme as a tutor has given me a real confidence boost in my ability to teach. I have definitely gained new skills, and most importantly by the end of the programme I had a real sense of satisfaction, I know that my tutees had really improved in their skills and also their self belief – I hope that they now go on to the great things I know they are capable of."
Megan Beddoe, BA History, Tutor at Quintin Kynaston