Updated: Dec 7, 2019
Here at Geovle we attempt to level the playing field by offering to disadvantaged students free small group tuition and one to one tuition.
On 9th September 2019, with the help of Natwest Bank we successfully raised £1,564 with 19 supporters in 28 days.
We will use these funds raised to allow us to purchase the equipment and software to carry out this work and provide good quality tutors for use by these students.
Most Parents and educators recognise the benefits of small group sizes and the use of one to one tuition by experienced and well-qualified teachers.
According to the Sutton Trust students those 'who receive private tuition disproportionately come from better-off backgrounds. Those from ‘high affluence’ households (34%) are more likely than those from low affluence households (20%) to have received such tuition at some point'.
Those lucky enough will be able to afford private education where the average class size is substantially lower and the use of one to one is more common when students have specific needs. Those less fortunate may use the state system but complement this with one to one private tuition to again support the learning of their child. There are many students in our society that, for one reason or another, may not have access to these advantages.
'Young people are more likely to have had private tuition in London (41%) than in any other region of the UK'. (Sutton Trust)
Founder of Geovle, Kirstin Coughtrie said, "our subject mentors coach students online over Zoom and use Google Classroom to smooth this disparity. We are currently lobbying government to address Internet access and speed as it remains a barrier to social mobility in the UK."
Sutton Trust 'is recommending that more one-to-one and small group tuition is provided through Pupil Premium spending, but that the government should look at providing sustainable funding for access to tuition, potentially through a means-tested voucher scheme'.
Schools and local Councils can contact Geovle to register disadvantaged students for free or subsidised GCSE and A Level tuition.