Student Tutoring Scheme (Years 6-12)

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

In the 2014-15 academic year, 94 LSE students tutored over 200 school children across 11 London schools. Student tutors work with pupils 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 pupils' achievement and increase the amount of contact time they are able to experience with current university students.
  • To raise school pupils' aspirations and to encourage them to aim for higher education when they leave secondary school.
  • 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 Mathematics, English, Literacy (Year 6s), Economics, Science, History, Geography, Government and Politics, Philosophy and Ethics, among other subjects. 

Student 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 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

We will give priority to pupils who 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 (seen or unseen)
  • From an ethnic group which is under represented in Higher Education

Any additional contextual information provided by schools will be taken into consideration. For students in Year 11/12 we will also be looking for 5 A*-C predicted/achieved GCSE grades at a minimum. 

If you are a school interested in taking part, please email us for further information.

LSE Students:

Applications for the Student Tutoring scheme are now closed for 2015-16. 





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