Around 60 University of Liverpool undergraduates have been recruited to work with secondary school pupils in the city to drive up attainment in maths and science.
The project is part of the Liverpool Promise – a pledge by education, civic, cultural and business leaders to make the city’s education system the best in the UK.
The scheme is being run by the Tutor Trust, a unique education charity which tackles educational inequality by supplying schools with top quality academic tutors who are studying at university.
They will work with six Liverpool secondary schools – Alsop High, De La Salle Academy, Fazakerley High, Notre Dame Catholic College, Holly Lodge Girls’ College and Liverpool Life Sciences UTC – who will identify year 11 students that need one to one support to improve their GCSE grades.
Councillor Nick Small, Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for schools, said: “Although exam results have been improving in Liverpool, we need to go further and faster in driving up results in particular subjects, as well as encouraging university students to think about teaching as a career.
“This is a great scheme which is a win-win for everyone. The university students are paid for their time and get the chance to find out what it’s like to work in education. The pupils benefit from working on an individual basis to improve their grades by working with a student who can also raise their aspirations by giving them an insight into the difference a university education can make to their life and career chances.”
Nick Bent and Abigail Shapiro, co-founders of the Tutor Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working in Liverpool and have had an overwhelming level of interest from undergraduates wanting to be part in this programme.
“We have had great support from the University of Liverpool and from 250 applications have selected 58 of the brightest and best students who we will be place with schools over the next few months.
“We are very much looking forward to replicating our recent success in helping schools make sure their pupils achieve their full potential.”
The Tutor Trust won the national prize for ‘Best New Charity in Britain’ at the Charity Times Awards in 2016 and the top ‘Spirit of Community’ award from Yorkshire Bank in 2017.