Schools Plus
Help young people to achieve their academic potential by becoming involved with our Schools Plus programme!
Applications are now closed.
One of our partner schools in Cambridge
What is Schools Plus?
Schools Plus Cambridge is one of the flagship voluntary projects of the Cambridge Hub. It is a student-run initiative that offers free tutorial and free extra-curricular activities to disadvantaged children in the Cambridge area. We recruit the tutors and provide training and ongoing support throughout. Schools Plus runs in 6 of our sister Hubs across the country; in 2016/17, 562 tutors were placed nationally, reaching nearly 2,000 young people across 54 schools.
We mainly focus on ‘closing the gap’ between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children. We aim to improve the academic interest, confidence and attainment of pupils who may otherwise struggle to achieve in their education, and to improve their aspiration.
The programme involves free weekly tutorial and extra-curricular activities, through projects that are designed in partnership with teachers to meet their educational priorities and the specific needs of the pupils involved.
2017-18 is our fourth year operating in Cambridge. We have had a successful year in 2016-17: we ran 32 projects in 5 schools with over 100 volunteers benefitting over 350 local pupils. We target young people (7-16 years) as our beneficiaries in specific Cambridge city state schools.
By developing a strong relationship with every single pupil we work with, we make sure that they feel as valued as their peers, and try to improve learning. We maximise our impact by working with those who are at some kind of disadvantage.
Your travel expenses to and from the school will be reimbursed. We make sure that volunteering will not cost you a thing!
Why volunteer?
The overall goal is tackle educational disadvantage in Cambridge by raising the academic confidence, interest and attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Education in the UK is not fair - the amount that your family earns has a huge impact on the grades you achieve. Together we can change this!
  • Household income and geographic location have a huge impact on the educational level that children achieve. 4230 children in Cambridge (23.5%) live in poverty: their parents are unlikely to be able to afford to place their children in independent schools, nor to arrange private tutoring for them.
  • Educational attainment across Cambridge is 7% below average.
  • The city is divided geographically with regards to the number of children living below the poverty line. 32.5% of children in Abbey ward and 24.4% in Arbury ward are living in poverty, compared to 8.6% in West Chesterton. Educational achievement is thus even lower within the target schools of our Schools Plus programme, where attainment is constrained by socioeconomic background.
  • Aspiration and access to further education is similarly affected by economic inequality. In 2013/14, 85 percent of independent school pupils entered Higher Education, compared to only 22% of Free School Meal receivers in state-funded schools. The problem in Cambridge is severe, where only 13% of Free School Meal receivers from state schools enter Higher Education.
  • The gap between pupils at independent schools and free school meal receivers at state schools is even bigger. Private school students are 55 times more likely to enter Oxbridge and 22 times more likely to enter a top-ranked university than students at state schools who qualify for Free School Meals.
  • We partner with schools in Cambridge where there are a high proportion of pupils on Free School Meals, who have English as a another language, and have special educational needs.
  • Our tutors work with these pupils to help them achieve their potential.
What roles are there in Schools Plus?
Currently, you can only apply to become a tutor.
Tutor
  • To make a real difference, we ask that you commit to volunteer weekly during term time
  • No previous experience required
  • Bring your passion, enthusiasm, and commitment
What projects are currently available?
Applications are now closed. We will open applications for Michaelmas term in autumn.
2017-2018 Professional Development
We offer trainings for our volunteers:
  • Certificated Child Safeguarding
  • Effective Teaching and Behavioural Management
  • Tutoring and Mentoring
  • First Aid
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Accessibility
Cambridge Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to all students. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, selection workshops, training sessions, volunteering projects and other activities on a case-by-case basis.
We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, please do get in touch with Will at manager@cambridgehub.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
Travel expenses
All volunteer travel expenses are reimbursed.
How can I apply?
Applications are now closed. We will open applications for Michaelmas term in autumn.
Get involved
Applications are now closed.
Get in touch with Will at manager@cambridgehub.org if you have any specific questions.
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