LSE Tutoring (Years 9-12)

LSE STUDENTS: Application deadline for Tutor applications extended to 5pm on Wednesday 11th October. Click here to apply.


Available to students in Years 9-12 studying at secondary state schools and FE colleges in the Greater London area.

LSE tutors work with students either 1:1 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 students' achievement and increase the amount of contact time they are able to experience with current university students.
  • To raise school students' aspirations and to encourage them to aim for higher education.
  • To give university students the opportunity to develop their communication, organisational and problem solving skills.
  • To enable university students to gain important work experience and participate in worthwhile community service.

Previous tutors have provided help with subjects such as Mathematics, English, Economics, Science, History, Geography, Government and Politics, Philosophy and Ethics.

Tutors are normally available for approximately one hour per week, attending a school or college on a convenient afternoon over a 10-week period from January - March. 


The feedback that we have received from schools demonstrates how valuable LSE tutoring 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 improve their skills, gain confidence and the satisfaction of knowing they are influencing others' lives in a positive way. Tutors from last year's scheme commented:

"It was one of the best experiences I have had as a student at LSE and I'm so pleased to have done it. I've met a great group of kids and looked forward to every session."

"Concreted my ambition to teach at some point in my life."

Eligibility criteria

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 that meet one or more of the following:

  • Perform below the national average at GCSE, based on percentage of students achieving 5 A*-C including English and Maths and/or the Attainment 8 measure
  • Have a high proportion (more than 35.1%) of pupils eligible for free school meals
  • Perform below the national average at A-level based on the points per entry measure

We will make our final decisions based upon a rounded assessment of all relevant factors provided by the School in addition to the above. To maximise the impact of activity we ask schools to select, where possible, those students who are from backgrounds least represented in Higher Education.

Once a school has been accepted on to the scheme, we ask them to put forward eligible students to make an individual application to the scheme.

We will prioritise students in the following groups:

  • Looked-after children or care leavers
  • Have caring responsibilities for family members
  • Have a disability
  • Eligible for free school meals and/or pupil premium now or in the last six years
  • Living in an area of low progression to higher education (as defined by POLAR3 quintile 1)
  • No parental experience of higher education
  • Parents/carers working in low socio-economic categories and/or on receipt of means tested benefits
  • From a Gypsy, Roma, or Traveller community
  • From a socio-economic or ethnic background currently under-represented at highly selective universities such as LSE; especially Black African, Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, and white working class.
  • Meeting one or more criteria above and attending a school/college that is performing below national average and/or has a high proportion of students eligible for free school meals.

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.

We review applications holistically; while we prioritise students who meet the above criteria, we will consider all the information contained in an application when making our decisions. For this reason, we encourage applicants and schools/colleges to include any further relevant details – such as any additional information or extenuating circumstances – that they feel ought to be considered to support their application.

Application information


School/college applications for the 2017-18 cycle have now closed.

If you would like to register your interest for the 2018-19 scheme please fill in our online form or email us at

LSE Student Tutors

The application deadline has been extended to 5pm on Wednesday 11th October. Click here to apply.



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