Schools Plus
Help young people to achieve their academic potential by becoming a university student tutor with our Schools Plus programme.
To be mutually agreed (1+ hour a week)
One of our partner schools in Cambridge
About Schools Plus
Schools Plus Cambridge is the flagship voluntary project of the Cambridge Hub. It is a student-run charity initiative that offers free tutorial and free extra-curricular activities to disadvantaged children in the Cambridge area.
We focus on ‘closing the gap’ between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children, helping non-native speakers to gain a confident command in the English language in our innovative EAL projects, and building aspirations in our extension ‘Reach Higher’ programs.
2017-8 will be our fourth year operating in Cambridge. We have had a successful year in 2016-7: we ran 32 projects in 5 schools with over 100 volunteers benefitting over 350 local pupils.
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.
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2017-2018 Projects
The details of projects that we offer are here.
Why volunteer?
Educational disadvantage remains as one of the most destructive and pervasive problems in the UK.
  • As many as 33% of children in the Cambridge area live in poverty: most of them are eligible for Free Schools Meals.
  • Only 15% of children in receipt of Free School Meals in Cambridge go on to university, in comparison to 96% of children from independent schools.
  • Children claiming Free School Meals in Cambridge achieve less well at school than almost anywhere in the country.
What do our beneficiaries say?
"In all three areas (that Schools Plus worked on) pupils are more knowledgeable, have developed good relationships with the mentors and have benefitted from small group and one to one teaching. What a fantastic resource, well administered by people who really do want to make a difference. Thank you Schools Plus!" - Martin Campbell, Principal, North Cambridge Academy
In a letter to Herman, our Projects Director:
"It has been remarkable the amount of time that you and your fellow students from Schools Plus have given to help the young people here at Parkside. In terms of the debating that you have led, the development of the students' skills and confidence has been inspiring to see." - Jodh Dhesi, Headteacher, Parkside Community College
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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 [Sophie](schoolsplus@cambridgehub.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
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Information Evening
Thursday 5th October, 7-8 pm, Robinson College (Linnett Room)
Monday 9th October, 5-6 pm, Homerton College (Alison Shrubsole Meeting Room)
Wednesday 11th October, 7-8 pm, Pembroke College (Nihon Room)
The Team Behind the Magic
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  • Herman Lam, Projects Director, 3rd year HSPS (Corpus)
  • Katie Whitehouse, Projects Director, 3rd year History (Robinson)
  • Sophie Brown, Secretary, 4th year Biochemistry (Queens')
  • Leah Segal, Head of Liaison and Training, 2nd year HSPS (Corpus)
  • Katie Jardine, Head of Outreach, 2nd year HSPS (Corpus)
  • Charlotte Pearson, Publicity Officer, 3rd year Economics (Pembroke)
Find us on Facebook or email Sophie for more details at schoolsplus@cambridgehub.org.
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