Winning a place to study at a top university is an incredible achievement and the start of a life-changing experience. However, for students from disadvantaged areas the step is not easy as they are half as likely as their more affluent peers to get the top grades needed to apply to the most selective universities.
The Access Project matches motivated school students with PhD candidates and Post Docs for weekly one-to-one tutorials, sessions which support their class work and help them boost their grades.
Working in partnership with schools since 2008, the Access Project has a proven track record of raising attainment and widening university access, and they are now working with 14 schools in London.
With the programme expanding, they are looking for more volunteers to tutor students in the following subjects at GCSE and A-level: English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History. They also offer tutorials in Geography, Spanish, French and German, although with less demand from students.
As a tutor, you would meet with your student for one hour a week, at King’s College London (in a suitable public, or freely bookable space). The Access Project trains all volunteers, gives them access to a bank of resources, and their Programme Coordinators are on hand to provide support and guidance. They are unable to pay volunteers, but offer a strong support system and an opportunity to develop teaching and facilitating skills.