Tutors United uses the power of tutoring to support young people’s attainment, confidence, and skills at two key transition points: from primary school to secondary school, and from university to employment.

We deliver community-based tutoring programmes to primary school pupils from low-income, migrant and refugee backgrounds living in social housing, providing vital access to educational support to those who need it most. Our work increases attainment in core subjects, while also boosting pupils’ confidence, resilience, and independence in learning, ensuring our beneficiaries successfully enter secondary school literate, numerate, and with a strong foundation of soft skills to support their long-term success.

We do this by employing and training inspiring university students – most of whom also come from low-income households – to deliver after school small group tuition in core subjects using our specially devised curriculum, designed by expert teachers. Alongside offering meaningful, paid work experience, our tutors receive ongoing training, targeted development opportunities and purposeful connection-building designed to support their transition into employment post-graduation.

Our Story So Far…


Our founder, Joel, went to a local North-London state school and grew up in a free-school-meals household.


He started tutoring his 10-year-old cousin who needed extra support for his dyslexia. Private tuition was not an option.


His cousin jumped from a level 3 to a level 4 in Maths and English in just a year and showed him the power of tutoring.


He finished school and college with great grades, including A*s at GCSE level.

Late 2012

Despite his success, university aspirations were dampened by high fees and a requirement of 2 years work experience.


Joel looked back on the huge impact tutoring had made for his cousin. If such an impact could be made for one child, what could be achieved if bright university students could do it for thousands? This sparked the idea for Tutors United.


Since then, the organisation is 10 members strong, has hired and trained 500 tutors and been enjoyed by 2,000 pupils.