This Sutton Trust research brief analyses Office for National Statistics data and finds children from the most advantaged households benefit from significantly more spending on extra-curricular activities and private tutoring than their poorer peers. The brief also includes the Trust’s annual polling on private tuition and new polling on parents and enrichment activities.
The Government should introduce a means tested voucher system as part of the pupil premium through which lower income families could purchase additional educational support
Several promising private and charitable projects also offer the potential of making extra tuition available to less advantaged children, examples include:
The Tutor Trust: This education charity based in Manchester, trains undergraduates to provide pupils with individual and small group tuition in English, Maths, and Science. Schools pay for this tuition for their pupils at well below market rates, usually with Pupil Premium money, making the scheme more affordable for disadvantaged schools. The Tutor trust model is currently being evaluated by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), with the results scheduled to be published in 2015.
Tutorfair: A company that helps parents find and book tutors. As a website they are able to charge less than traditional tutoring agencies. Also, as part of their model, for every student who pays they provide tutoring to a child who can’t afford it.