Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Posted in: Personal & private tuition


Schools take on private tutors as volunteers to boost GCSE grades

Some of London’s most sought-after “super tutors” are working free in state schools to help boost grades.

About 20 tutors, more used to coaching children of wealthy parents such as Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow, have signed up to a new scheme to help pupils at risk of leaving school without good GCSEs.

The tutors, who can earn up to £300 an hour for private tuition, are volunteering in 12 London schools with 300 children.

Bright Young Things, the tutor organisation that runs the project, wants to roll out the scheme to another 30 schools by next year so 1,200 pupils can benefit.

Oliver Eccles, director of education at Bright Young Things, said: “In experiencing one-to-one attention from our world-class tutors, we hope to bring the benefits of a privileged education to those let down by our failing system.”

Under the scheme, pupils on the C/D grade boundary in any of their GCSE subjects are given an hour’s tuition every week for up to two months.

Tutor Rory Attwood, 22, a Cambridge graduate who is volunteering at Parliament Hill School in Camden, said the main difference between his private and state school pupils was confidence.

He said: “It has required a completely different teaching approach, which I have really enjoyed.”

Paltrow and husband Chris Martin made the headlines last year when they advertised for a “sporty and easy-going” £60,000-a-year private tutor for their two children on website

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