NCFE LAUNCHES APP TO HELP STUDENTS ACCESS FREE TUTOR SUPPORT

NORTH EAST awarding organisation NCFE has unveiled a new app for school students to access free support and homework revision at the click of a button in a bid to help them achieve better grades.

Peer Tutor, a smartphone app available on the Apple App Store and Google Play, allows students between the ages of 13 – 18 to connect with peer tutors who have passed their exams and are at grade 6 (B) or above.

To access support, students take a photo of their question and ask for feedback. A verified tutor will then reply with an answer for the student to rate. Ideal for use in both homework and revision, peer tutors explain how they would tackle a question or problem to provide students with detailed feedback and guidance, meaning they can solve the problem on their own in the future.

Sian Wilson, director of growth at NCFE, said: “We live in an era where our schools are low on funds and teachers are overworked, so it’s no surprise to see that more young people in the UK are turning to one-on-one tuition each year.

“Aside from the private tuition sector being largely unregulated it’s also expensive, meaning that access to this type of support is limited to families who can afford the costs.

“With the release of our new Peer Tutor app, we are able to provide a structured environment for young people to learn from their peer tutors in a safe and secure way, with access to high quality content on their smart phone.”

Launched as NCFE celebrates 170 years of innovation this year, Peer Tutor is available for both students and potential tutors to sign up now ahead of the new school year.

Organisations can also get involved by sponsoring a Peer Tutor one-year subscription for Year 10 and Year 11, boosting CSR strategies, brand exposure and demonstrating a social value act.
To coincide with the launch, Peer Tutor will host a Social Mobility North East seminar in Durham for universities, businesses, charities and policy-makers on 11 September 2019. The event aims to provide a forum to discuss the inequalities, challenges and opportunities that affect social mobility in the North East. Anyone wishing to attend can sign up Eventbrite.

For more information on Peer Tutor visit: www.peertutor.com

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