The National Tutoring Programme (NTP)

The Access Project is an approved National Tutoring Programme Tuition Partner supporting disadvantaged students through high quality tuition. We are proud to be taking part in the national effort to help the young people who have missed out the most as a result of the pandemic.

National Tutoring Programme (NTP)

The Access Project is an approved National Tutoring Programme Tuition Partner supporting disadvantaged students through high quality tuition. We are proud to be taking part in the national effort to help the young people who have missed out the most as a result of the pandemic.

What is the National Tutoring Programme?

The NTP has been designed by a collaboration of five charities  – the Education Endowment Foundation, Sutton Trust, Impetus, Nesta and Teach First – working in partnership with the Department for Education. The programme aims to support schools in England by providing a sustained response to the coronavirus pandemic and to provide a longer-term contribution to closing the attainment gap.

“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

Where do we work?

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. We work with schools in the following regions:

  • East Midlands: East Derbyshire and South Nottinghamshire,
  • London: Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea , Hackney and Newham, Tower Hamlets, Haringey and Islington, Lewisham and Southwark, Lambeth, Westminster Bexley and Greenwich, Enfield
  • West Midlands: Birmingham and Sandwell
  • Yorkshire and Humber: Bradford

As part of the National Tutoring Programme we can work with 1,015 young people in 38 schools.

With a decade’s worth of experience forming deep partnerships with schools we have proven impact:

  • GCSE students who work with TAP for two years make five months more progress in their tutored subject than similarly disadvantaged peers.
  • 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.

Our trained and DBS checked volunteers will tutor 40 of your students (KS4) in a weekly one-to-one session across the academic year. Our unique programme combines tuition with 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.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Where does The Access Project work?
Our programme currently operates in: East Midlands: East Derbyshire and South Nottinghamshire,  London: Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea , Hackney and Newham, Tower Hamlets, Haringey and Islington, Lewisham and Southwark, Lambeth, Westminster Bexley and Greenwich and Enfield West Midlands: Birmingham and Sandwell Yorkshire and Humber: Bradford 
Is my school eligible?
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.
What type of tutoring do you offer?
We provide our young people with 1-1 online tutoring.
What subjects do you provide tuition in?
​We provide tuition in the following subjects:

  • English, KS4
  • Maths KS4
  • Science KS4
  • Humanities KS4
  • Modern Foreign Language KS4
How will we keep track of progress?
We work closely with schools to have an ongoing dialogue focussed on delivering the best outcomes for students. Student progress is tracked against target grades at termly meetings with schools. University Access Officers meet regularly with students to boost engagement, revision skills, and offer support. TAP analyses student attainment every year. Their performance relative to peers is also subject to independent analysis by FFT Education Datalab and UCAS.  You can read our latest impact report by clicking here.
How will we communicate with you?
TAP’s programme facilitates regular and effective communication with schools. Our University Access Officers, based in-school, liaise with staff. They also send weekly updates to their Programme Supervisor (a member of the Senior Leadership Team) on student attendance and engagement. TAP conducts termly meetings with schools to assess students’ progress.
Who are the 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. Our volunteer tutors are UK based graduates and current undergraduates.  We also consider individuals with a qualification equivalent to a degree.  Volunteers apply via an online form outlining their education history. It captures contact details, employment information, two referee contacts, and contains TAP’s Volunteering Agreement. Once confirmed as eligible, we request references and invite tutors to attend online training and safeguarding courses. TAP conducts enhanced DBS and Children’s Barred List checks. Training involves an interactive online workshop delivered by TAP. It covers tutorial planning, our approach to pedagogy, the practicalities of delivery, accessing support and making tutorials safe. Tutors also complete an accredited online child safeguarding course. Our Quality Assurance Team delivers ongoing ‘drop-ins’ on tutorials to offer feedback and support. You can read more about our volunteers here. 
How much do sessions cost?
The total cost for a 15-hour block of 1-1 tuition is £780. With the subsidy applied the total cost to a school will be £195 for a 15-hour block of tuition. You would not be required to pay VAT on our educational services.

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