In 2019, research conducted by The Education Policy Institute demonstrated that there can be up to an 18 month academic divide between students who come from lower income backgrounds and their classmates. If nothing is done imminently to address this, at the current rate, the same study suggested that it will take up to 500 years for this gap to close.
As a parent, when it comes to your child’s education, you only ever want what’s best for them, but subsidising your child’s learning with extra-curricular private tuition can be expensive and is not always available when your child needs it. So besides becoming an expert in your child’s subjects and helping with their homework or revision yourself, what’s the alternative?
That’s where Peer Tutor comes in.
Peer Tutor is a brand new peer-to-peer learning app, wholly owned by educational charity NCFE, which provides young people with around the clock access to tailored learning support, connecting them ‘on demand’ with a DBS checked and verified peer tutor to answer their questions in real time or even deliver live lessons using high quality learning resources endorsed by Collins.
Designed to provide a low cost, high quality alternative to traditional tutoring, Peer Tutor has been created with accessibility in mind, to help provide equal opportunities to out of hours learning for everyone.
Ideal for students studying for their GCSEs or A Levels, Peer Tutor is operated on a credit-based, pay as you learn system. Parents can purchase ‘gems’ to exchange for question and answer based support, essay feedback or a 30-minute live tutoring session in a virtual classroom, all delivered through the app by fellow students who have passed their own exams at Level 6 (Grade B) or above.
Safe and secure
As a concept, peer tutoring is already used all over the world so that students can help other students consolidate what they have learnt in the classroom and get ahead in their studies. Through the power of technology, we wanted to widen its appeal and make the benefits of peer-to-peer learning accessible to everyone to create a better balance in students’ learning experiences.
We’ve worked really hard to develop the app in line with the needs of not just learners, but parents too. We take online safety very seriously and have built-in a number of security features, including the latest AI screening technologies to moderate documents and feedback to ensure that young people stay safe while using the app.
Looking to the future, we’ve got grand plans for Peer Tutor. We’re constantly developing new innovative features to help improve young people’s learning experiences and we’ve also launched a corporate sponsorship programme, where businesses can sponsor a school in their local area to help provide pupils with access to the app for free.
We’re really excited by the possibilities that Peer Tutor can open up for young learners to help them further their lives and careers. You can find out more about the app and how it can help your teen at www.peertutor.com – never let them get stuck on their homework again!
Wayne Harrison, CEO and Founder at Peer Tutor