Making a positive difference with a new and unique way to tackle education inequality


Tutor Trust offers a new and unique way to tackle education inequality by recruiting and training university students as tutors in the core subjects of Maths, English and Science and placing them in state schools, ensuring that every child who needs additional academic support can access a tutor in school. Thanks to the Foundation’s contribution over the past 18 months, Tutor Trust has been able to grow its work and strengthen its monitoring, evaluation and learning even further.

"It has yet again been a pleasure to see our children grow in confidence through time spent with their tutors. The academic achievements of our tutored pupils are always impressive, but the immeasurable impact on the level of determination and resilience they show in their attitude to learning just goes to show the power of a successful tutor relationship.”Rebekah Wilson, Assistant Head at Shakespeare Primary School

At a glance…

  • Tutors delivered over 17,000 hours of tuition between September 2017 and August 2018. 
  • Tutor Trust supported over 3,000 pupils across over 154 primary schools, secondary schools, alternative provision centres and further education colleges.
  • The Trust is now working across 12 local authorities in three city regions of Northern England: Greater Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.
  • The Education Endowment Foundation’s Randomised Control Trial found that Tutor Trust’s Year 6 Maths pupils made three months’ additional progress compared to a matched control group.
  • In the 2018/2019 academic year, The Tutor Trust reached over 2,400 pupils in both Primary and Secondary schools around Greater Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.

In November 2018, the Education Endowment Foundation published the results of a major independent evaluation of Tutor Trust. This report gives the Tutor Trust gold standard evidence and solid proof of the quality and impact of their work. In February 2019, the Tutor Trust was named one of the EEF's `Promising Projects', meaning they join an elite group of organisations and interventions who the EEF consider most effective. The continued success of the Tutor Trust could not have been possible without Mohn Westlake's funding.


Quality assurance and impact measurement are a fundamental part of the Tutor Trust's culture, and the charity has recruited four qualified teachers to lead on this work to ensure that each hour of tuition provided to pupils is of the highest quality and delivers the greatest impact. Grant funding has also ensured that the Tutor Trust can offer generous discretionary discounts to schools, to benefit pupils who need tutors the most.

“I have loved working with the students. It has been extremely rewarding see the progress they have made and to be a part of their development. Working with a range of ages and abilities has stood me in good stead to start my teacher training in September.”Eva Curless, English Tutor at Hawkley High School

The Tutor Trust continue to make a positive difference to the lives of all the children and young people they work with. They are now planning the next stage of their development to reach as many disadvantaged pupils as possible and to do so in the most effective manner they can. Mohn Westlake’s funding of the Tutor Trust will continues to help give a large number of pupils the chance in education they deserve.

“When things sound hard at first, Matt makes them easy to understand. We’re always laughing – he’s really fun and encouraging.”Grace, a Year 6 pupil at Bridge Hall Primary School

For more information about the Tutor Trust and this project, please visit their website:

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