Primary school pupils in Croydon are set to benefit from free tutoring in English and maths thanks to a slice of a £100,000 grant from the L&Q Foundation.
L&Q housing association, which manages more than 2,000 homes in the borough, is launching L&Q Tutoring across five London boroughs, including Croydon. It will also be rolled out in Hackney, Lewisham, Newham and Waltham Forest.
L&Q Tutoring will help disadvantaged primary school children in Years 5 and 6 who might be in need of additional support to increase their academic attainment with twice weekly tutoring sessions after school until the end of the summer term 2017.
According to Teach First, a charity set up to tackle educational disadvantage, by the age of three, poorer children are on average nine months behind children from wealthier backgrounds.
The project will help children who are currently unlikely to achieve the expected national standard in English and maths at the end of their Key Stage 2.
Priority will go to children eligible for free school meals, from families on low incomes, receiving benefits or working child tax credits. It will be open to all eligible pupils, and not just the children of L&Q residents.
In Croydon, the project is being delivered by Tutors United.
The L&Q Foundation was established in 2011, its purpose is to improve people’s life chances by investing in projects that tackle disadvantage across four key areas: financial exclusion, unemployment, community cohesion and positive opportunities for young people.
“Education is a key way that we, as a charitable housing association, can contribute to disadvantaged young people having better options for the future,” said Asif Chishty, the foundation’s community investment officer.
“We are very pleased to see this project getting underway, which will help to increase the academic attainment of those young people most in need of extra support in communities we serve across London.”
To find out more about the programme, contact Asif Chishty by email: AChishty@lqgroup.org.uk
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