The Access Project

Posted: Wed, 01 Nov 2017 09:00 by Jennifer Jeffery

Are you a graduate? Do you have graduates working for you?

Would you / they like to volunteer for an hour per week to improve local students grades and access university?

We are seeking graduates or professionally qualified business people to volunteer 1 hour per week in term time to tutor students from Shirebrook Academy and Ashfield Comprehensive, to increase their chance of going to university. This is a fantastic and rewarding opportunity to get involved in and I have added some more details below:

About The Access Project

The Access Project works with high-potential students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition to help them gain access to selective universities.

We work in partnership with schools in East and West Midlands as well as London, and have a proven track record of raising student attainment and widening the access to quality education.

We offer GCSE and A-level students tutorials in the following subjects:

  • · GCSE: Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, French, Spanish.
  • · A Level: As above PLUS Psychology, Sociology, Politics.

Why The Access Project Exists

Education in England is not equal. 15% of children in England receive free school meals, yet only 2% of these entered the top 25 universities. This means you are over 6 times less likely to attend one of the UK's most selective universities if you are from a disadvantaged background.

How You Can Help

  • Use your subject knowledge to work one-to-one with a student to help them achieve the grades they need to access a selective university.
  • Spend just 1 hour per week during term time tutoring a student at your place of work or study, or at a suitable public location or online. (Usually 3.15pm - 4.15pm)
  • Tutor in your degree subject to an A-level student or alternatively, in a subject you studied to A Level yourself to a GCSE student.

Training and Support

  • The Access Project will give full training on how to plan and structure your tutorials and how to be an objective-focused and engaging tutor along with safeguarding training.
  • Access to online resources with workable examples linked to the current curriculum.
  • Ongoing support from our Programme Coordinators.
  • Access to a community of over 850 active volunteer tutors in London, West and East Midlands.

Time Commitment and Requirements

  • One hour per week (plus half an hour for preparation) during term time for a minimum of 1 academic year – at your place of work.
  • An undergraduate degree minimum.
  • The belief every child deserves a great education regardless of their background.

Please register your interest today at:

Or visit our website;

If you decide to register you will receive a training schedule for you to select your most suitable location and dates with instruction of DBS paperwork to bring with you. If your organisation would like me to come and deliver a short information session, please let me know and we can arrange it.

Thank you for showing an interest in the project, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.