What brought you to the Tutorfair Foundation?
I’d initially signed up as a volunteer for one of the Foundation’s projects. This role seemed like an even better opportunity. I’ve tutored throughout the pandemic, and seen first-hand the huge impact it has had on teaching and learning. Particularly for kids in their exam years. Individual students get targeted help through one-to-one tuition. They can feel supported but also challenged, and ultimately achieve the results they deserve to be getting. And now, more than ever, I think it’s so important to make sure that this kind of support is available to the students who need it most – and not just those who can most afford it.
What were you up to before you joined us as Programme Manager?
I was an English tutor (and, actually, also a student)! I’ve been teaching English and humanities subjects, one way or another, for nearly ten years now. I’m currently halfway through a Creative Writing MA, and have been working as a tutor alongside that. Before the Masters, I was tutoring or teaching full-time for a number of years, including teaching English in Spain and Vietnam.
What are you excited about in your new role?
Working with an organisation that does such important work is really exciting. Particularly right now, in the midst of a pandemic that has made that work even more crucial. No student should miss out on a grade or a university place they’ve earned, because of the pandemic’s impact. Especially not because they don’t have access to the same resources that others do. The Foundation does amazing work connecting brilliant, motivated volunteers with students whose lives can genuinely be changed by this support and these relationships. I’m looking forward to playing a small part in making that happen!
If you are a tutor who would like to give one hour per week of free tutoring to a student in need, find out more about volunteering with us here.