- The Programme
- Why We Exist
- About Us
- Get Involved
Mahamed, The Access Project alumnus
Our volunteer tutors work with students one-to-one, meaning they are able to respond to their tutees' needs and help them to improve. With a one-to-one tutor in one or more of their subjects, students can boost their grades and make competitive university applications.
We believe teachers are the people who are best placed to tell us which areas in a student’s tutored subject it would be most beneficial for them to work on. We ask teachers to select topic areas three times a year and we share these with tutors. Along with this targeted subject information, tutors get comprehensive resources designed by subject experts, helping them to tutor these topic areas in the most effective way. Above all, tutorials aim to raise attainment in a specific subject -- our programme has a demonstrable impact in improving students’ grades.
We work with students who have the academic ability to get into a top third university. We select students by looking at a number of socio-demographic indicators to make sure we work with the students who need us most.
Our tutors are university graduates, who volunteer to tutor a student for an hour a week at their workplace. They are academic high-flyers who are experts in their subjects, and trained in child safeguarding and pedagogy.
Our tutors are trained in child safeguarding and pedagogy. All tutors attend an initial 4.5 hour training and assessment centre, and we also run optional top-up training.
We have a member of our staff in each partner school to support tutoring.
There is a designated resource created for every topic a teacher asks a tutor to cover. These include ideas on how to format a tutorial, suggested activities and questions, as well as a list of extra resources. All our resources have been created by subject experts.
"The Access Project’s innovative model brings our pupils into contact with high quality academic tutors, as well as driving their aspirations and academic opportunity."
“This is a programme that works; it is key to bringing about change in the school.”