Group Tutor Contractor - Homeworking, Part time flexible hours

£45 per hour
08 Jul 2021
22 Jul 2021
Contract Type
Freelance/self employed
  • Applications close: 9am, Thursday 22 July 2021 (Please note that late applications cannot be accepted)
  • Salary: £45 per hour
  • Contract: Fixed term (Sept 2021-Aug 2022)
  • Hours: Flexible weekly hours
  • Location: Remote working
  • Interviews: w/c 26th July - 2nd August
  • Reporting to: Senior Attainment Coordinator/Head of Programme Development
  • Function: Impact Team
  • Start date: September-October 2021 (with some training in August 2021)

About the Access Project

We support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access top universities, through a unique combination of tuition and in-school mentoring. We work with them to make good applications, get the grades and transition to university. Our results show this approach works.

Our students perform better than their peers academically, and independent analysis by UCAS has shown that students on our programme are four times as likely to get into a top university as similar peers. Our ambition is to reach more young people whilst maintaining this exceptionally high impact.

The Access Project (TAP) currently works in London and the East and West Midlands. We have a growing team working in schools and in our regional offices. Our funding comes from a range of sources including schools, businesses, major donors and grant-making trusts. We know that there are many bright disadvantaged young people outside of our current geographies who have the talent to go on to top universities but aren’t able to fulfil this potential. Our long-term ambition is to grow to national reach.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for experienced tutors with a love of learning to support disadvantaged students to reach their full academic potential whilst still earning a competitive market rate for their tuition expertise. Tutors that deliver the pilot will have a strong association with our mission to widen access to top Universities as well as being high quality tutors who have extensive professional tutoring experience.

As part of our commitment to raising student attainment we are piloting a new approach to tuition for A Level students enrolled on our programme. Currently students receive one-to-one tuition delivered by volunteers who have received training. This pilot will test the feasibility and eventually the impact of small group tuition (3-4 students) delivered by experienced and paid tutors on a consultancy basis. There will be around 160 students receiving tuition in roughly 40 groups.

Firstly tutors will take part in a day-long training programme (to be scheduled in August) during which you will be trained on our safeguarding policies, our systems and procedures and tuition expectations.

Tutors will then be “matched” with groups of students depending on their availability. They will work with the same students on a weekly basis from our September start date until the end of the academic year. Tutors will communicate clearly and effectively with students to arrange weekly sessions - ideally in the same “slot” each week but with the possibility of being flexible as and when required.

Access to resources such as digital textbooks and an extensive library of past papers and exam style questions will be provided, but tutors will be expected to responsively plan their lessons to suit their groups strengths, weaknesses and learning preferences. Lesson plans will not be provided.

Successful applicants will deliver tuition via our online platform to small groups in either Maths, English or Biology A Level. There will be the opportunity for flexible working but applicants should have a minimum of three hours per week to devote to tutoring TAP students.

Tutors will work with a full time member of staff (the Senior Attainment Coordinator) to deliver the pilot successfully and will be supported in their practice via observations and teacher feedback where useful. Whilst this is a pilot programme at this stage, high performing tutors may have the opportunity to provide more tuition to TAP students in subsequent academic years as the pilot scales.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To organise, plan and deliver weekly 1-hour long group tuition sessions to A Level students (Year 12 or 13) via The Access Project’s bespoke online platform
  • To fill in appropriate online forms relating to tuition with pupils (weekly register, etc)
  • To liaise with the Senior Attainment Coordinator to ensure the smooth running of the pilot and regular attendance of the students
  • To undergo any additional appropriate training throughout the role to enhance understanding of safeguarding students and delivery of additional “study skills” modules
  • Participate in occasional surveys and focus group discussions with other tutors, to support TAP to understand how well the pilot is going/has gone and what can be done to improve it

Person Specification – skills and attributes

  • A minimum of one year of tutoring experience required or qualified teacher status (tutoring references from at least two previous employers or parents of tutored students preferred)
  • Evidence of the ability to tutor Maths, English or Biology to A Level standard
  • Enthusiasm for and ability to contribute to the successful development of The Access Project’s attainment raising work.
  • Confident in working with young people
  • A strong written and verbal communicator who is positive and flexible
  • Robust and resilient character with excellent time-management skills
  • Must have achieved a minimum of Grade B at GCSE in Maths, English and Science
  • Understands The Access Project’s Mission and ways of working
  • Familiarity with and strong knowledge of exam specifications and relevant exam boards.

Values and Safeguarding

Safeguarding Statement

The Access Project is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Disclosure of a Criminal Record

The Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 1986 does not apply to posts where there is access to children. This means that applicants for work which involves working with children and young people must disclose any criminal record. If you are selected for appointment you will be subject to this procedure. All Disclosures are carried out in the strictest confidence and are made only in connection with your application for employment and for no other purpose. The application for an Enhanced Disclosure will be activated before your first day of work.

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