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."
Top priority will be given to non-selective London State Schools that meet one or more the following criteria (as defined by the current Department for Education (DfE) Performance Tables):
• Attaining below the national Average at GCSE Level (or A Level for Sixth Forms / Colleges)
• Have over 35% of students eligible for free school meals
We will then prioritise requests from Schools that meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Have 20.1% or more students eligible for Free School Meals
• Have had over 35% of pupils eligible for FSM at any time during the past 6 years
In addition to the above, we ask schools to select, where possible, pupils to attend the day who meet at least one of the following:
• In receipt of free school meals and/or Pupil Premium
• Looked after child (in care)
• No parental experience of Higher Education (HE).
• Parents/carers employed in low socio economic categories.
• Parents/carers in receipt of means tested benefits
• Live in an area of low participation to HE as defined by POLAR 3 Quintile 1 (http://www.hefce.ac.uk/postcode/).
• Have a disability.
• From an ethnic group which is under represented in Higher Education.
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 will consider, on a case by case basis, requests from schools that do not meet one of the overall criteria for Free School Meals or GCSE Average. When doing so, as a minimum we would expect Schools to demonstrate that participants would meet at least one, preferably more, of the above individual criteria, and provide any other useful contextual information. Such requests would be considered on receipt of the relevant evidence provided and any additional information requested.
If you are a school interested in taking part, please email us for further information.
Applications for the Student Tutoring scheme are now closed for 2015-16.