Student Tutoring Scheme (Years 6-12)

Available to: Year 6 - 12 pupils studying at secondary state schools and FE colleges in the greater London area.

The LSE Student Tutoring Scheme has been running since 1988.  In 2013-14, over 60 LSE students are tutoring over 130 school children across 13 London schools. Student tutors work with pupils either one-to-one or in small groups outside of the classroom, helping pupils with their work under the direction of teachers.  The project has a number of important aims:

  • To help raise school pupils' achievement and increase the amount of contact time they are able to experience.
  • To raise school pupils' aspirations and to encourage them to aim for higher education when they leave school.
  • To give university students the opportunity to develop their social, organisational and problem solving skills.
  • To enable university students to gain important work experience, and to take part in a valuable community programme.

Student tutors are normally available for approximately one hour per week and attend a school or college on a convenient morning or afternoon once a week for a 10-week period from January - March.


The feedback that we have received from schools demonstrates how valuable LSE student tutor support is. One teacher commented that student tutors are "an extreme benefit to everyone at the college. If only we could adopt them full time!''

However, the benefits work both ways.  LSE tutors gain confidence, improve their skills and build rapport with pupils, teachers and local communities.  A student tutor from last year's scheme commented:

"I learned how to interact with and teach pupils working on their level and ability. The experience has taught me a lot about myself and others and will definitely benefit me in my life and future employment." 

Eligibility criteria

Schools that wish to join the LSE tutoring scheme must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Attaining below the national average at GCSE level
  • Have over 35.1% of pupils on free school meals

In addition, pupils who wish to participate must meet at least one of the following:

  • In receipt of free school meals
  • Looked after child (in care)

 Or two of the following:

  • No parental experience of Higher Education (HE)
  • Parents employed in low socio economic categories
  • Live in an area of low participation to HE
  • Have a disability
  • From an ethnic group which is under represented in Higher Education

Grades will be also looked at if pupils are in Year 11 or above. Students will be required to complete an application form.

Applications for 2014-15 have now closed and will re-open in Autumn 2015.



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