Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the minimum commitment for volunteers?
We ask for a commitment of an hour a week for 12 weeks (excluding college holidays). If you are unable to attend a weekly session due to illness or annual leave, the hours missed can be delivered via a catch-up session or by delivering longer sessions. This will need to be scheduled with your student(s).
We also ask that tutors attend a mandatory training session at the start of the programme and a celebration event in July following the students' exams.
What’s the eligibility criteria for volunteers?
Generally, we require our tutors to either have a PGCE (or equivalent teaching qualification), a degree or a B grade (or above) at A Level (or equivalent) in the subject they wish to tutor. English or maths-related A Level subjects are also considered, such as: history, politics or sociology (for English tutors) and physics, chemistry and economics (for maths tutors). Tutors are also required to have good English Language skills (note, in some circumstances, we may ask for proof of your English Language skills).
We also conduct an enhanced DBS check (formerly a CRB check) on all tutors. Unfortunately, even if you have previously had a DBS check, we will need to run another one.
Do I have to tutor both English and maths?
No, you will only be asked to tutor one subject in a Get Further programme (although you can change subjects for the following year if you meet the eligibility criteria).
Which regions does Get Further work in?
At the moment, Get Further works with students attending colleges in London, but we are seeking to expand the programme to other regions. If you are based outside of London and are interested in taking part in Get Further, please do complete the online application form and someone will get in touch to discuss the options.
Where do the tutoring sessions take place?
Tutoring sessions must take place on site at a college or in a public location such as the tutor’s place of work, a library or café. Some of our students may struggle to travel, so we ask that tutors are as flexible as possible as to where the tutoring sessions take place. We try to match tutors to students where there is a maximum travel time of 30-40minutes between the students’ college and the tutor’s home postcode/place of work.
Tutoring sessions cannot take place at a tutor or student’s home.
How long are the tutoring sessions?
You will see your student(s) for an hour-long tutorial each week during term time.
What do I need to prepare for a tutoring session?
You don’t have to prepare anything for the tutoring sessions. All the resources are provided for the students and the tutors throughout the programme.
What do the resources look like?
The Get Further resources take the form of a tutor workbook, with the questions, recommended methods and answers. To accompany this, students receive a workbook containing the questions only.
To maximise the impact of tuition sessions, resources have been designed and edited by expert maths and English teachers, with thousands of hours of teaching experience and a fantastic track record. They utilise evidence-based English and maths approaches based on insights from research into cognitive science and psychology – to help ensure students really do ‘Get Further’ than they have before in their education.
What is the prior attainment of Get Further students and the level of the content delivered in the tuition sessions?
All Get Further students are studying GCSE English or maths in college. Many have attempted the qualification at least one time previously and their prior attainment is around a grade D (now a 3) or E (now a 2). The majority of our students have a target grade of 4 or 5 (previously a grade C).
Our maths and English resources are designed to support these students to achieve their target grades and consequently, our tutors deliver content that is no higher than GCSE grade 5 (previously a grade C). All the questions, recommended methods and answers are provided for tutors in the resources.
Is there a deadline for applying to become a tutor?
There is no formal deadline for applications, but we recommend applying by the end of August for participating in the Get Further for the following academic year.
What training is involved for Get Further?
All our tutors must attend a mandatory training session at the start of the programme – it is really important that tutors attend this training session, as they will also meet their students for the first time at this event. Tutors must also successfully complete online safeguarding training.
How many students will I work with?
Our tuition sessions are either one-to-one or in small groups, of no more than three students per tutor.
How old are the students on the Get Further programme?
Our students are a mix of 16- to 18-year-olds and adult learners (aged 19+).
What is the Get Further revision programme?
We also run a revision programme for Get Further students the week before their exams start. If you have corporate volunteer days, you can use these to attend the revision programme and give your students an extra boost before their exams.
Does Get Further cover travel expenses?
Get Further can cover reasonable travel expenses, up to £5 per session. Many of our volunteers chose not to claim travel expenses to further support us in our work as a small not-for-profit organisation – this is always appreciated, but not expected. Travel expenses are reimbursed once you have completed a programme, rather than on a week by week basis.
How do I apply to become a Get Further tutor?
Click here to complete our online application form. Once you have completed this form, one of our team will be in touch to arrange an informal conversation about tutoring with Get Further. If accepted, you will be invited to complete an enhanced DBS check and sign up to a Get Further programme that suits your location and schedule.
If you would like more information about volunteering, you can book a call with one of the Get Further team.