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Free tutoring programme is helping local children excel


We are in a partnership with social enterprise Tutors United to deliver free academic support to vulnerable and low income families.

The poverty gap between children from low-income backgrounds and their wealthier peers has widened even more due to Covid-19. This puts an additional strain on families who already struggled to afford extra tuition outside of school.

This year the partnership delivered another successful after-school Maths and English tuition service to 48 primary aged students. Each participant received high quality academic guidance and their results exceeded the national standard.

The programme is designed by expert teachers to help children transition from primary to secondary school. It focuses on core subjects and pays special attention to writing and literacy.

It prioritises children from low-income backgrounds, those who have English as an additional language and families who have recently entered into the UK school system. It also equips parents with the resources to support children with their learning in order to bridge the gap between school and home.

Tutors are recruited from local universities such as Queen Mary University and each tutor receives training and is paid the London Living Wage for their placement. Children are better able to relate to younger aged tutors and aspire to be like them.

Poplar HARCA provides the spaces to deliver the programme, funding and helps to identify children that would benefit from the programme.

This year’s programme delivered outstanding results:

  • 81% parents noticed an increase in their child’s confidence in learning
  • 88% children felt more confident in Maths
  • 88% children felt more confident in English.
  • 71% said they felt more supported with their work at home


Working with Tutors United to support young children from vulnerable and low income homes with their education is extremely important. This partnership tangibly addresses the gaps in education, further increased by the pandemic. We are proud to partner with an organisation committed to investing and delivering an educational support that will have a far reaching impact on those receiving it.

Babu Bhattacherjee, Director of Poplar HARCA Communities and Neighbourhoods