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How tutors can support children from disadvantaged backgrounds

In recognising the positive impact that tutoring can have on academic attainment, we are committed to supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds, with their education and academic attainment. As a tutor, there is so much you can do! Here are some of the ways in which you might like to support disadvantaged children.

For further information about the links between tuition and academic attainment, please read “Supporting Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds”.

1:1 Tuition

As part of our Tutor Referral Agency in which we introduce clients to tutors, when clients complete the introductory registration form, we ask whether the child is eligible for free-school meals. If they are, this information is passed to you as tutors, and you may choose to offer discounted lessons.

1:1 Tuition

Courses for children on Free School Meals

If you would be interested in running one of Bright Light Education’s courses as a volunteer tutor to children who are on Free School Meals, please get in touch. All powerpoints and resources are given to you for you to use so there is minimal planning needed. Homework is marked using two stars and a wish.

The Access Project

We are proud to support the work of “The Access Project”. The Access Project supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access top universities, through a unique combination of tuition and in-school mentoring. Why not become a volunteer tutor with The Access Project? Your work would be entirely online and you would commit to one hour per week, plus 30 minutes preparation time.

The Access Project are always looking for volunteers to tutor disadvantaged young people aged 14 to 18, for one hour a week.

This is through their easy-to-use dedicated online platform and is in a subject of the your choice. You benefit from a comprehensive training programme, with ongoing support enabling you to gain knowledge about tutoring, grow in confidence, skills and experience whilst making a valuable contribution to the development of a young person.

  • Support a young person in a school subject to achieve the GCSE or A level grades they deserve and to fulfil their full potential
  • Inspire, motivate and enable next steps towards further education and the world of work
  • Students supported by The Access Project typically achieve a grade higher at GCSE and are twice as likely as their peers to progress to a top-third ranked university.

The Access Project are looking for more volunteers than ever before to help overcome the inequalities so many of their young people faced during the pandemic lockdowns. On average young people like the ones The Access Project work with, lost out on 1.2 hours of education per day.

By volunteering one hour a day of your week you are helping them overcome this, rebuild their confidence in themselves and realise their potential.

You can find out more by watching a recording of our meeting with The Access Project (below).  To apply, contact The Access Project at  and please let us know if you become a volunteer tutor!

Action Tutoring

Action Tutoring is a charity that supports disadvantaged young people to achieve academically, with a view to enabling them to progress in education, employment or training. They do this by partnering high-quality volunteer tutors with pupils to increase their subject knowledge, confidence and study skills.

Volunteering as a tutor with Action Tutoring is a rewarding way to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people living in your community or online.

By volunteering for just one hour a week, you will directly support disadvantaged pupils to build their confidence and help ensure they leave school with the grades needed to build a bright future, as well as developing your own skills. Action Tutoring supports pupils in Years 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11 in English and maths. They specifically help pupils facing socio-economic disadvantage who are at risk of leaving primary or secondary school without reaching national standards in their exams. Please let us know if you become a volunteer tutor with them!


End Child Food Poverty: Feed the Future:
Support the call from Marcus Rashford for the Government to improve the diets and food access of children in low income families.

Bite Back 2030:
Support the call to extend free school meals to all children in need.

No Child Left Behind:
Support the call to extend free school meals to all children in primary school.

The Access Project

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