School tutors help pupils to catch up and keep up

Following the pandemic, more and more schools are recognising the transformative impact that school tutoring can have on their pupils.

With the National Tutoring Programme, school tutoring has become more affordable and accessible for both primary schools and secondary schools.

Schools receiving tutoring with Third Space Learning can provide their pupils with personalised one to one online tuition with quality tutors for a price designed for school budgets.

The personalised approach for children is fantastic, meeting individual needs and narrowing gaps. The children enjoy the lessons, make good progress and their skills are clearly transferred to class lessons.

Highfield Primary School
Danielle Lewis

Highfield Primary School

Benefits of Third Space Learning school tutors

Third Space Learning

Personalised learning that addresses pupils’ gaps, misconceptions and learning style, including SEN

Lessons designed by qualified teachers and pedagogy experts

Individualised attention and feedback from a maths specialist with excellent subject knowledge

Preparation for SATs and GCSEs

Designed for school budgets to support all students, not only those whose families can afford private tutoring

Secure and safe learning environment with DBS-checked tutors with safeguarding training

KS2 programme

KS2 programme

Plug gaps from Year 1-6, build arithmetic and reasoning skills and prepare pupils for KS2 Assessments.

Year 7 programme

Year 7 programme

Help ease the transition for Year 7 students with online lessons focusing on building a strong foundation for KS3.

GCSE revision

GCSE revision

Prepare your KS4 students for maths GCSEs with revision lessons designed to build confidence and familiarity.

How it works

Access maths specialist school tutors to provide personalised one to one online tutoring for your most in-need pupils

1. Get set up

1. Get set up


We know how busy school life can be which is why we’ve made the set up as quick and easy as possible. We’ll help you choose the best programme for your schools’ needs, show you how to make the most of the intervention and ensure your pupils are ready for their sessions.


You’ll have a dedicated Account Manager who will be available to help whenever you need it.

2. Choose your pupils

2. Choose your pupils

Choose any pupils who you feel would benefit from extra support online. Most schools choose from the following pupils:

  • •Eligible for Pupil Premium
  • •At risk of not meeting expected standard
  • •Most impacted by the pandemic
  • •Lacking confidence or motivation to learn
3. Choose your timeslot

3. Choose your timeslot

Choose a regular time slot for your pupils’ one to one tutoring sessions.

Sessions are available from 8am to 3:30pm and are flexible – if you can’t make a session, simply reschedule with your Account Manager.

4. Personalise learning

4. Personalise learning

Before their first tutoring session, pupils complete a diagnostic assessment that identifies individual learning gaps and misconceptions.

You choose if you want lessons to be selected automatically each week to plug their gaps, or if you’d prefer the school teacher to select lessons from our curriculum each week.

5. Regular one to one tutoring

5. Regular one to one tutoring

At your chosen day and time, your pupils will log in to our secure interactive online classroom for a personalised lesson with their tutor.

They’ll have the same tutor each week. Tutees will communicate with their tutor via a free headset provided by us and a shared screen.

6. Monitor progress

6. Monitor progress

After each session, you’ll receive a detailed report for each pupil showing which topics were covered, the skills practised and the progress made.

Reports are available on-demand and can be easily printed to help inform your own class instruction or keep parents up-to-date.

Double progress

In an independent trial, pupils made 7 months' progress in 14 weeks.

Double progress

90% of pupils

Show a solid understanding of the concept they’ve been learning.

90% of pupils

10 years’

experience working with primary and secondary schools across England

10 years’

Request a personalised quote for your school

Let us know how many KS2 pupils you're looking to support and we'll be in touch with more information about how it works, the impact you can expect to see and a personalised quote for your school.

Your school will be able to use your National Tutoring Programme funding to help cover the cost.

Trusted by School Leaders

3,700+ schools across the country have chosen Third Space Learning to support their pupils

Guided by diagnostic assessment

Each pupil embarks on their own unique learning journey designed to plug individual gaps

Cost-effective and scalable

Personalised one to one tuition for the price other providers charge for group sessions

Proven to boost progress

In an independent trial, pupils made 7 months' progress in 14 weeks


All tutoring content and tutors have been quality assured by the Department for Education

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We appreciate every school’s requirements and budgets are different. Request your quote today and we’ll do everything we can to support as many students as possible in a way that works for you.

School tutors FAQs

What are school tutors?

School tutors are staff that support pupils and their whole class teaching. Unlike homeschooling, school tutors don’t aim to replace whole-class teaching, but instead enhance it. School tutors should work closely with the pupil’s primary teacher or subject teacher at secondary to ensure tutoring sessions align with whole class teaching. School tutors can be internal staff or external staff provided by a tutoring agency. School tutors traditionally work face to face with pupils, however many school tutors now work online, using specially designed online learning environments to engage and motivate their pupils. Research by the EEF has shown that online tutoring is just as effective as in person tutoring, and may have additional benefits including costs and flexibility.

How do I find a good school tutor?

It can be difficult to hire good school tutors, especially for subjects such as maths and physics where there are fewer qualified and experienced tutors who specialise in these subjects. This is especially true for rural schools. Quality education shouldn’t be a postcode lottery and schools can look to external providers to help. There are many different tutoring services available for schools, so it’s important that SLT, headteachers and subject leads consider their own context and what they need from a tutoring service. For example, if they want online or in-person tutoring, one to one or small group tuition, etc. At Third Space Learning, we make it easy for schools to access our community of high-quality, maths specialist tutors. We interview, train and conduct background checks on our tutors so you can rest assured your pupils are left in safe hands.

What age is best to get a tutor?

School tutors work with pupils of any age, from KS1 up to A-level. Younger pupils may struggle to stay engaged and focused for a long period of time, so KS1 is the earliest age we’d recommend. Many schools wait until exam years, such as Years 6 & 11, to start tutoring however this can be too late! Starting tutoring earlier will help to close gaps as they occur and allow pupils to keep up with their classmates. We provide tutoring for primary schools (Year 3-5 catch up, Year 6 catch up & SATs revision) and secondary schools (Year 7 catch up & GCSE revision).

Looking for something else?

To discover more about in school tutoring with Third Space Learning follow these links:

- A primary maths tutor is an expert you can trust

- Primary school tuition that provides results

- A GCSE maths tutor guaranteed to get results

- Online GCSE maths tutors working one to one to support your year 10s and 11s