Partner Schools

As a tutoring charity, we work with eligible schools who share our belief that every young person regardless of background can make the most of their education, unlocking their potential and creating a fairer society. Our proven success in doing this is in no small part due to the strong partnership model we operate with schools.

Partner Schools

As a tutoring charity we work with eligible schools who share our belief that every young person regardless of background can make the most of their education, unlocking their potential and creating a fairer society. Our proven success in doing this is in no small part due to the strong partnership model we operate with schools.

“The work that we do with The Access Project is seamless, the team work with our students in delivering value and extra support exactly where it is needed. It is a model of best practice.”
Andrew Burns, Principal, Ormiston Forge Academy

Our partnerships

The Access Project (TAP) supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access top universities. We do this through a unique combination of personalised tuition and in-school mentoring. We help students make good applications, get the grades and transition to university.  We currently partner with 31 schools, many of whom we have worked with for a number of years. Our mentors are based in school and are responsible for facilitating both the tutoring and mentoring programme.

TAP partners with non-selective state schools with high numbers of students on Free School Meals, receiving Pupil Premium funding or with low levels of progression to top universities. 

“The work that we do with The Access Project is seamless, the team work with our students in delivering value and extra support exactly where it is needed. It is a model of best practice.”

Andrew Burns, Principal, Ormiston Forge Academy

Partnering with us brings many benefits to your school, which include:

  • Trained and DBS checked volunteers who will tutor 40 of your students (years 10-13) in a weekly one-to-one session across the academic year.
  • A dedicated member of Access Project staff based in your school who works with the students on the programme, providing expert advice from year 10 to build their knowledge and understanding of universities and courses, and providing one-to-one support and advice on applications and interviews.
  • Bespoke trips to universities to encourage your students on the programme to see themselves at elite institutions, and supporting them once they are part of our alumni network of students.
  • Work experience and careers opportunities for your students through our network of tutors, events dedicated to a greater understanding of careers and a regular newsletter containing enrichment opportunities.

 

 

 

Ultimately it’s all about delivering improved student outcomes and we have a great track record in doing this:

  • A young person who has participated in The Access Project’s programme are four times as likely to attend top universities as similarly disadvantaged peers, according to UCAS data.
  • GCSE students who work with TAP for two years make five months more progress in their tutored subject than similarly disadvantaged peers.
  • A-level students who have 23+ tutorials with TAP make six months more progress in their tutored subject than similarly disadvantaged peers.

The Access Project helps more students access top universities every year. In 2018/19 61% of our students placed at Top Third institutions, up from 57% the year before and 53% in 2016/17.

“I set up the current partnership between Shirebrook Academy and TAP three years ago because of my belief in the need for students from disadvantaged areas to be given assistance in raising their aspirations​. The results that we have seen at Shirebrook Academy have been very positive. I am proud that we have given our students the support that they need to excel at their studies and gain higher grades, while also receiving a huge boost to their self-esteem.”

Mark Cottingham, Headteacher,  Shirebrook Academy

“Their programme of tutoring and impartial advice is a great example of the sustained, targeted, collaborative and robustly evaluated work we need into the future. Most importantly, it is demonstrably helping young people to unlock their potential by achieving the grades they need to get into the university of their choice.”

Chris Millward, Director of Widening Participation and Fair Access, the Office for Students

Frequently Asked Questions.

Do you work where my school is based?

Currently we are set up to work in London, Birmingham and the Black Country and the East Midlands towns of Shirebrook, Mansfield and Ashfield. If you are in one of these areas we’d love to hear from you. 

Is my school eligible?

We focus our resources on the students who face the most challenges. That’s why we work with school partners who have:

30% or more students eligible for Free School Meals

Or

50% or more students eligible for Pupil Premium

Or

20% or more students are eligible for Free School Meals or 35% or more students are eligible for Pupil Premium AND the percentage of students from a POLAR Quintile 1 area is higher than 60%

Which of my students are eligible to join the programme?

We work with students who have the academic ability to get into a top university and who come from backgrounds that are underrepresented at top universities. We work with schools to select students by looking at a number of indicators to make sure we work with those who need us most.

How do teachers input into the programme?

We value teacher input very highly, and our in-school staff member ensures that the time commitment required from busy school staff is as minimal as possible. We know teachers are best placed to identify 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 twice  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.

How do we keep track of progress?

We work closely with schools to have an ongoing dialogue focussed on delivering the best outcomes for students. This includes a termly report to you on progress.

You can read our latest impact report by clicking here. 

What do you ask of the volunteer tutors?

As a tutoring charity we ask our volunteers to tutor online for an hour a week during term-time, in a subject they are passionate about. You can read more about our volunteering requirements by clicking here.

Get In Touch

If you would like to find out more about we work with schools and can support young people at your school, do not hesitate to get in touch. If you are enquiring about our involvement with the National Tutoring Programme please let us know.

Contact info

128 Aldersgate Street
Barbican, London
EC1A 4AE

The Big Peg, 120 Vyse St
Birmingham, B18 6NF

020 4513 5999
info@theaccessproject.org.uk

Media enquiries:
07767100581
media@theaccessproject.org.uk

TAP safeguarding line: 020 4513 5999 (available Monday - Friday 9am-5:30pm)

NSPCC 24 hour line:
0808 800 5000

Get In Touch

If you would like to find out more about we work with schools and can support young people at your school, do not hesitate to get in touch. If you are enquiring about our involvement with the National Tutoring Programme please let us know.

Contact info

128 Aldersgate Street
Barbican, London
EC1A 4AE

The Big Peg, 120 Vyse St
Birmingham, B18 6NF

020 4513 5999
info@theaccessproject.org.uk

Media enquiries:
07767100581
media@theaccessproject.org.uk

TAP safeguarding line: 020 4513 5999 (available Monday - Friday 9am-5:30pm)

NSPCC 24 hour line:
0808 800 5000