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Join the board of an award-winning charity tackling educational inequality through supporting the North’s most vulnerable children and young people in accessing the best tutors and boosting educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.

  • Location: Greater Manchester, Merseyside, and West Yorkshire
  • Salary: Unremunerated (with reasonable expenses)

About the role

The Tutor Trust is an education charity rooted in tackling educational inequality in a unique way. We began life as a small pilot project in Manchester with big aspirations and a radical new idea to boost the educational opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people.

Our mission is to ‘transform lives through tutoring’ by ensuring every child who needs academic support can access a great tutor. We recruit and train bright university students as tutors in the core subjects of Maths, English and Science and place them in state schools. To date we have recruited and rigorously trained over 1,800 tutors, provided over 100,000 hours of tutoring support, and supported over 15,000 pupils (mostly on free school meals or Looked After Children). Our interventions have supported disadvantaged young people to reach their full potential and have helped them lead happier and healthier lives.

We partnered with Education Endowment Fund (EEF) in 2011, they loved our work but needed proof of concept. They funded an ambitious randomised control trial (a large-scale effectiveness study with 105 primary schools) and, in 2018, an independent evaluation of the Tutor Trust was successfully conducted creating a springboard for our charity to grow and expand. We now operate across the north in Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool and are an official “Promising Project” of EEF and partner of Impetus.

The Tutor Trust has continued to grow, scale, impact and innovate. In December 2020, we released a report with our partners – TLC: Talk, Listen, Change focusing on our collaboration, which has supported young people in care or alternative provision throughout Greater Manchester, providing both academic support through tuition and therapeutic support through counselling. Our report which demonstrated our project’s positive impact on the lives of over 200 vulnerable young people in secondary schools, found pupils thrived mentally and academically and pupils who accessed both counselling and tuition were twice as likely to improve their GCSE grade.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an ever-increasing effect and impact on our children and young people’s ability to learn and has presented additional challenges for pupils and their schools, with many young people self-isolating, and schools suspending in-person teaching as bubbles burst. This has not deterred us but supported us to continue to innovate and we have successfully worked with our schools, pupils, and tutors to carry out online tutoring since March 2020. We have been actively involved in shaping, advocating and delivering the National Tutoring Programme, that was launched in November 2020, which will be fundamental in supporting schools and disadvantaged young people through 2021 and beyond.

We have won awards and today we are nationally recognised as one of the most innovative and impactful charities in the UK. We are at a crucial part of our development as we are now halfway through a three-year expansion plan in partnership with Impetus and EEF. The heart and soul of our plan is about maximising the positive impact of tuition, especially for disadvantaged pupils and so we plan to increase our number of beneficiaries by 70%. We want to refine our mission, create a new impact strategy, work smarter in targeting schools, change our programme design, improve how we recruit our amazing tutors and ensure we have robust systems, financial controls, and governance. With this in mind, we are looking for new Trustees who can support us on this next stage of our journey to be the best possible version of The Tutor Trust we can be.

Who we're looking for

To enable us to achieve our mission and our ambitious strategy we are looking for a number of people to join our board. We are looking for people who hold or have held senior leadership roles in education, in Merseyside, West Yorkshire and /or Greater Manchester, and who understand the educational and political networks of those areas. Alongside this we seek people who have experience working with disadvantaged young people in social care, pastoral or advocacy roles.

Our board meets six times a year with a strategy away day and an annual summer reception. We expect all our trustees to attend one tutoring session as an observer every year. We expect the time commitment to be one day a month.

You will support the future development of The Tutor Trust, provide support and appropriate challenge to our senior leadership team and board and you will be an ambassador for our organisation. Alongside your experience in and around education, you will share our commitment to the values and aspirations of The Tutor Trust and be passionate about tackling educational inequality.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902 071

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Welcome from Pete McIntyre, Chair of Board of Trustees, and Nick Bent, Chief Executive

Dear Candidate,

If this is your first interaction with The Tutor Trust then welcome and I hope you enjoy finding out more about the work we do and, most importantly, the positive impact we have on the lives of disadvantaged young people across the North of England.

The Tutor Trust was born 10 years ago as a start-up social enterprise with a vision to improve the life chances of disadvantaged children by giving them access to the type of tutoring support easily available to their more well-off peers. Those 10 years have been incredibly successful and we have:

  • Provided over 100,000 hours of tutoring support
    • Exclusively to state schools and on a strictly not-for-profit basis;
    • Initially to schools in Manchester. Then across Greater Manchester, followed by Leeds and Liverpool was next.  Tomorrow will be the rest of the North and in the future the rest of the UK (and potentially beyond?);
  • Proven our impact through the only successful randomised control trial in this space;
  • Created (with support from Impetus and the Education Endowment Fund) an ambitious three-year plan to expand in a structured manner that ensures we deliver the impact our target children and young people deserve;
  • Advocated for, shaped and now delivering within the National Tutoring Programme.

As for all organisations, COVID-19 has changed the way we work but we have risen to the challenge. Our existing funders have been incredibly helpful and we continue to find new funding partners to support our journey. We are one of the few charities to have expanded significantly in 2020, ending the year with a 40% increase in our workforce and we continue to recruit further.

We think it is now safe to say we know how to make ‘all this’ work and can have an incredibly positive impact on our target population. The next stage is to take ‘all this’ to more and more young people, initially across the North but ultimately we should have no boundaries.

We have evolved from a start-up to become the most credible not-for-profit tuition provider in the country. Our experiences and well-established delivery methods have helped to shape the government’s approach to the National Tutoring Programme. Over the last 10 years we have created a highly competent and impressive team of paid staff, and it is now time for us to evolve our board for the next stage of growth.

The first area of expansion is to bring in additional trustees with education experience. These ‘Educationalist’ trustees will work closely with the existing specialists on our Senior Management team who are qualified teachers and former school senior leaders/headteachers. The Educationalist trustees will provide strategic guidance, insight and challenge to these specialists to ensure our tuition delivery and impact is as good as it can be. We also hope the new trustees’ networks around the education sector in our target towns and cities will prove helpful to our expansion plans.

In addition, as a member of the Board of Trustees, you will take on collective fiduciary and legal responsibilities meaning you will be bound both legally and ethically to act in the Trust’s best interests, safeguard our assets, manage risk and ensure we deliver our charitable objects. Additionally, you will offer a combination of scrutiny and support to your fellow trustees, the Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team. This is a voluntary role which we will anticipate will require hours equivalent to one day per month spread between attending board/sub-committee meetings and supporting our delivery social purpose more generally.

Currently all our meetings take place over Zoom, but we hope to move to a blend of in-person and remote meetings as the pandemic subsides. Where appropriate, necessary travel expenses will be paid. Finally, we are looking for a commitment of an initial three-year term.

Good luck with your application and thank you for your interest in our work.

Pete McIntyre
Chair of Board of Trustees

Nick Bent
Chief Executive

The Tutor Trust, tutor teaching maths to a student

Who we are

The Tutor Trust is a registered charity which aims to help tackle educational inequality in a unique way. Our mission is to ‘transform lives through tutoring’ by making sure every child who needs some additional academic support can access a great tutor.

We recruit and train tutors, predominantly from local universities, in the core subjects of Maths, English and Science and place them in state schools. Tutors are paid competitive rates and receive extensive training, which guarantees they provide a professional service. Only a third of applicants make it through our rigorous tutor selection process, ensuring that the tutors are of the highest standard.

A multi-award-winning charity

In November 2018, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published the impressive results of a major independent evaluation of The Tutor Trust, which gave us solid proof of the quality and impact of our work. We have been designated as a ‘Promising Project‘ by EEF, meaning we have shown highly promising results when independently evaluated and making us one organisation of just 16 across the entire country.

As a result of our evaluation, we partnered with Impetus, who help charities like ours deepen their impact, to produce a detailed three-year plan. The plan will support us with helping as many disadvantaged children and young people as possible. Their invaluable expertise will help us get the best tuition to the pupils who need it most and help us reach even more of them.

The Tutor Trust is a multi-award-winning charity. The charity has won the national prize for ‘Best New Charity in Britain’ at the Charity Times Awards; the ‘Best Partnership’ prize at the Spirit of Manchester Awards and the ‘Spirit of Community’ award from Yorkshire Bank.

In 2019, we received the ‘The Learning Award’ at the Children and Young People Now Awards and were named “Highly Commended” for the ‘Charity of the Year Award’ at the North West Charity Awards. In 2020, we were awarded the Scaling Award by the FEA for our Alternative Provision project, The Right Angle.

What impact does tutoring have?

The heart and soul of The Tutor Trust is about maximising the positive impact of tutoring on pupil outcomes, especially for the disadvantaged pupils we serve in Greater Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool. We want more of our tuition to be delivered to the pupils who need it most, so that they see a meaningful boost to their outcomes at SATs and GCSEs.

Our tutors are trained to work with all pupils, in both Primary and Secondary school, at all levels of attainment so that every young person has the support they need to fulfil their potential.

As we provide a high-quality tuition service for disadvantaged students, we request that a minimum of 80% of tutees are pupil premium, LAC or in alternative provision.  Our research has shown that students need a minimum of 12 hours of tuition per subject for it to have a meaningful impact. Our approach is heavily evidence based and we are the only UK tutoring charity that has undergone a successful, positive randomised control trial, which is the gold standard of evidence of impact.

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    Closing date: 9am, Monday 8th February 2021
    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 10th February 2021
    Interviews will take place across: Monday 15th, Wednesday 17th, Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd February 2021 and Tuesday 2nd March 2021

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