Now that schools have closed due to COVID-19, we will be moving our volunteer programme online and will be looking to work with new schools up and down the country to continue to provide support to the students who need it the most.
We are using online classrooms to offer 50-60 minute one-to-one tutoring sessions across many subjects. We will match each student with a volunteer from our community of experienced tutors and arrange for a session to take place in a regular slot each week for a period of at least 10 weeks.
We aim to make this provision available to any student aged 11-18 who is eligible to receive the Pupil Premium Grant. At this time, we will also be open to providing support to the children of NHS staff or children who are deemed to be vulnerable and/or disadvantaged according to any widely accepted measure. If you’re not sure whether your student or students will be eligible, please do get in touch to discuss your specific case with us.
The online classroom is based around an interactive notebook. This can be used as a whiteboard, or students and tutors can upload work or resources to go through together using pen, text and colour. There is camera-to-camera capability which can be accessed at any time, but cameras are not in use when work is taking place in the notebook, minimising distractions.
At the end of each session, the notebook for the lesson is converted into a PDF which is then sent directly to the student. They can refer to this between lessons if they wish to. Every lesson is recorded from start to finish and these recordings are available for safeguarding purposes as detailed below.
The Tutorfair Foundation will regularly review session recordings and notebooks to provide feedback for tutors. We constantly work to maintain the quality and efficacy of the provision.
We have conducted an Enhanced DBS Check for every one of our volunteers, the details of which (DBS Number and Date of Issue) will be made available to schools in advance of their first session. Where volunteers have joined the programme after social distancing measures were introduced, we have also obtained two character references addressing their reliability and suitability for the role.
The classroom itself has a number of features to promote transparency and safety online. Most importantly, each session is recorded in its entirety. These recordings are archived and can be made available to schools or parents upon request. Additionally, school staff can be given access to drop in to sessions with their students at any point – an open door policy that all parties will be made aware of.
The Foundation will need to know each student’s name and email address in order to invite them to join the classroom each week. The tutors will be given the student’s name, but not their email address. Working with the school, we will seek appropriate permissions from the parent or guardian of every student involved in our programme before they meet with a tutor online.
To get started, we will need you to tell us about the students you would like support for and the subjects you want to target. From there, we’ll work with you to find suitable times for the students and obtain the relevant permissions from their parent or guardian.
If you’d like to start by discussing how our programme might work for you and your students, feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org with an enquiry.