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University celebrates tutoring scheme with local school children

Posted on 18 April 2018

A GCSE tutoring scheme set up between University of York students and local school pupils is being celebrated at the University on 18 April.


Student volunteers Ore and Lucia.

School children, their parents and their student tutors are attending the event to celebrate the success of the one-to-one Maths and English tutoring scheme, which aimed to give young people in the city, who would not otherwise be able to access tutoring, the opportunity to realise their potential.

One-to-one tutoring can have a significant impact on the attainment of a young person. Research has suggested tutoring can accelerate learning by 5 additional months, and possibly raise grades by 2 levels.
The scheme ran between January and March 2018 with GCSE pupils at York High and Joseph Rowntree School taking part. 19 University of York students volunteered as tutors.

Progress

Ore Olomodosi, a University of York student who took part in the project, said: “My tutoring sessions have been the highlight of my weeks this term. I have really enjoyed seeing the pupils make progress. It is a great program, the students seem really happy that they’re improving and I am also happy tutoring."

Student volunteer Lucia Rimini added: “I’m really grateful for this opportunity; I have absolutely loved tutoring the students this term and have taken so much from it!”

The celebratory event is to congratulate the pupils for all of their hard work and achievements during the tutoring scheme, and to show them where learning might take them in the future, should they wish to go on to study at university.

Opportunity

The afternoon will involve a tour of University departments and a talk by Professor Paul Wakeling, Head of the Department of Education.

Rod Sims, Head of York High, said: "By giving 10 hours of your time you can influence and change someone’s life for the better. The legacy of this donation will be a lifetime of increased opportunity for our pupils".

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