From the latest statistics from the Department for Education and from The Access Project’s own experiences working in schools, we are noticing that the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is affecting the education of our young people.

To say that this pandemic has been disruptive to young people’s education is an understatement – particularly for the disadvantaged students that we work with. For many, learning from home was and will continue to be an enormous challenge – not just in terms of technology but also in terms of just having a space to learn. Students having to take time off and isolate, and teachers being off sick, will sadly have even more of an impact.

We are proud to say that our tuition and mentoring is helping young people through the pandemic – and ensuring that the numerous challenges they face do not stop them from getting into top universities. Since the pandemic we have expanded into new schools and work with approximately 300 more young people.

In addition, for the second year in a row we have been selected as a tuition provider on the government’s flagship National Tutoring Programme – which is making in-roads in catching students up.

The Access Project will continue to do whatever we can to ensure that disadvantaged young people weather this latest storm – and can still beat the odds to secure places at top universities.