As part of the National Tutoring Programme, we have been approved to recruit tutors to help pupils catch up lost learning as a result of the pandemic. Approved by the National Tutoring Programme, our tutor initiative is a partnership between Operam Education Tutoring and the Fischer Family Trust (FFT). This brings together 2 highly successful and reputable experts in their fields of education recruitment and literacy tutoring, as well as outcome data reporting, respectively.
Ideally you will have experience of teaching in a primary school as a teacher, T.A or have tutoring experience. You will need to be willing to work face to face with pupils and online if subject to school closures. Working is flexible, however, it is envisaged that this initiative will run over the next 2 years and therefore long-term opportunities exist. This is an amazing tutoring role allowing you to learn from industry experts and gain a real sense of job satisfaction delivering an established and successful literacy programme.
All tutor applicants will subject to our usual high standards of the recruitment process, including full background and employment checks, online interviews, references and DBS clearance.
All training is conducted by Success for All and the Fischer Family Trust, who will also be providing access to online materials needed for the ‘Tutoring with the Lightning Squad’ programme. A preparatory online session lasting 2 to 3 hours will be completed prior to your engagement with the detailed 1-day course.
The course, facilitated by trainers from Success for All and the Fischer Family Trust, will involve on-line learning in conjunction with Zoom group learning for an interactive approach. The course content consists of experiential learning (so you can get to know from the child’s perspective how to navigate through the exercises), familiarisation of materials, assessment training, tutor-checks, set-up instructions and technical know-how.
All materials and content are provided including training materials such as a User guide, Participation book, along with course content in hard copies for your easy access when tutoring begins. Continued support will be accessed via a weekly check-in sessions, giving you the opportunity to ask questions, as well as a helpline for technical support.
About the Lightning Squad Tutoring Programme
Alongside a tutor, pupils work in two cooperative pairs, taking turns as ‘Reader’ and ‘Coach’. The tutoring is a blended approach with in-person tutoring supported by an online tutoring platform. Tutoring activities are designed to improve reading skills, fluency, comprehension, spelling and phonics. Pupils work through 65 specially written, engaging and illustrated stories.
Most pupils spend 12 weeks working on the tutoring programme to catch-up their reading skills, with daily 30-minute tutoring sessions in school (4 pupils working with a tutor). Research has demonstrated that pupils using Tutoring with the Lightning Squad make learning gains of between 3 and 5 months in reading attainment.
About assessment and outcomes
An online pupil reading assessment will enable tutors and classroom teachers to decide on suitable pairings and at what point in the programme they should start. Regular checks are carried out by the tutor, who decides when the pair are ready to move on to the next story in the tutoring programme.
The Fischer Family Trust provide online reports for tutors, teachers and school leaders which monitor pupils’ progress and reading attainment; it includes words learnt, reading age and reading fluency. A letter will be generated detailing the pupil’s progress which the tutor and school need to send home to parents. Provided reports will also help schools to monitor the impact of the tutoring on pupils’ reading skills and development.
About Success for All
Success for All is a non-profit organisation based in the UK and US, with 30 years’ experience in delivering evidence-based school improvement programmes which help children to read, learn and succeed. They currently work with over 1,000 schools in the US and 65 schools in the UK to improve teaching and learning, secure sustainable improvement, build capacity and improve education outcomes, with a particular focus on working with primary schools with a high proportion of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
About the Fischer Family Trust
The Fischer Family Trust was established in 2001 and is a non-profit organisation. They provide accurate and insightful information to schools to enable both pupil and schools to progress. FFT’s Aspire online system, used by 13, 600 clients in the UK, analyses data in order to set aspirational targets for pupils to reach and to offer insights to schools who can map required improvements to support learning targets.