Free Maths and English boosters given to young residents

    Some of our youngest residents in Tower Hamlets are getting an academic boost, thanks to a new partnership.

    Some of our youngest residents in Tower Hamlets are getting an academic boost, thanks to a new partnership.

    One Housing is funding free, weekly English and Maths tuition for some of the primary school children in Virginia Quays, delivered by Tutors United. The not-for-profit organisation recruits and trains university students to tutor children in communities where, traditionally, few aspire to further education. 

    The hour-long classes take place at the Virginia Quays community centre every Thursday during term time. Closely linked to the national curriculum, they support the learning of the eight to 11 year-olds and are designed to improve their performances at school.

    It is the first time we’ve partnered with Tutors United, although some residents were allocated places in similar classes last year. In taking over that contract in 2019, we can ensure that more of the estate’s children will benefit.  

    Norbert Marjolin, One Housing Youth Services Manager, believes the small-group sessions can have a big impact. “This partnership will offer tuition opportunities that address learning barriers and make learning fun, especially for those who lack confidence in Maths and English,” he says. “We are already seeing the difference that passionate tutors and a fun learning environment can make to children’s lives.”

    Tutors United Programme Officer Olivia Meade is keen to build on the success of last year’s programme. “We hope that through these classes we will be able to smash the barriers in education and enable Virginia Quays pupils to succeed, as well as support parents to bridge the gap between school and home.”

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