LSE Widening Participation participants in class

LSE Tutoring: Years 9-12

Trained LSE student tutors help school pupils with their academic work

I have a wonderful, thoughtful and helpful tutor who helps with topics we're struggling with through a friendly approach.
LSE Widening Participation tutee

Plans for delivery of this programme during 2021/22 are currently in progress. 

The scheme aims to:

  • Help raise students’ achievement levels 
  • 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 take part in a valuable community programme.

When and where does the scheme run?

Tutors are usually recruited early in the Summer Term from a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Traditionally, tutors spend an hour per week at a school or college from early on in Spring Term. They work in small groups or on a one-to-one basis, assisting selected students with their studies.

In the 2020/21 academic year, the tutoring programme took place virtually and was delivered in partnership with Team Up.

What activities are included?

In the 2020/21 academic year, the programme focused on GCSE mathematics tutoring. However, previous tutors have provided provided GCSE and A-level support with other subjects too, including English, economics, science, history, geography, government and politics, sociology and more.

Are there any costs involved?

There is no cost to take part.

What training do LSE staff receive?

All staff and students involved in the sessions receive appropriate training beforehand. Staff or students working directly and regularly with young people on activities receive specific training on working with children, in line with our LSE WP Team Safeguarding Procedures. They also undergo an appropriate level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Who is eligible?

The scheme has traditionally been available to pupils in years 9-12 studying at state schools and  colleges in the Greater London area. 

How can I find out more and apply?

Applications for 2020/21 are now closed. If your school/college is interested in taking part in 2021/22, please email us at to register your interest.

If you're an LSE student who's interested in being a tutor, please keep an eye on our information for LSE students page.

This news article provides more information about the 2020/21 tutoring programme, which was delivered in partnership with Team Up.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that as a result of circumstances or events outside of our control (known as a Force Majeure event), which includes but is not limited to industrial action, official government advice, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises, we may need to cancel an event at short notice.

In the event of a cancellation, a change of venue or date, we will endeavour to notify attendees wherever possible through the contact details given at the time of booking. For the avoidance of doubt, the School will not be liable for any costs you may incur as a result of any cancellation, change of venue or date.