Peer Tutoring (with The UFA)


With a new team of Peer Tutors at Dee-Point Primary School in Cheshire

With a new team of Peer Tutors at Dee-Point Primary School in Cheshire



What is The UFA?

UFA New LogoThe University of the First Age is a national organisation based in Birmingham. It raises aspirations and unlocks the potential of young people by creating transformational learning experiences with a focus on student leadership. Founded by Professor Tim Brighouse, UFA has worked with over 750 000 young people, trained over 5000 teachers and youth workers and supported over 2000 schools since 1996.

I am a registered associate trainer with UFA, and have delivered numerous Peer Tutoring progammes for primary and secondary schools.

You can find out more about the national organisation by visiting the UFA website.


What is Peer Tutoring?

The UFA defines Peer Tutoring as young people helping other young people to learn. Typically, though not always, this involves an older tutor being paired with a younger tutee. Tutoring can focus on curriculum areas such as maths and reading and /or extra-curricular activities. With many years of experience in the field, UFA understands what is needed to establish a successful and sustainable Peer Tutoring programme. This includes high quality training for young people and the adults who work with them, and the option of consultancy pre- and post-delivery. You can find out more about Peer Tutoring with the UFA here.


Why Establish a Peer Tutoring Programme?

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) says that the introduction of Peer Tutoring has an average positive effect of five additional months of progress. They stress that studies have shown benefits for both tutors and tutees, and for a wide range of age-groups. These studies include programmes of variable quality; UFA’s extensive experience guarantees a high quality approach. You can find out more about the EEF’s research here.

Quite apart from any positive impact on progress and attainment, giving young people the opportunity to make real contributions to their communities might be considered to be a valuable educational endpoint in its own right.

Have a look at this video illustrating the impact of UFA Peer Tutoring programmes:



Why is Peer Tutoring Part of a Dialogic Education?

Peer Tutoring involves young people engaging in dialogue around core concepts. It acknowledges that a monological approach to the ‘transmission’ of knowledge from teacher to student, whilst useful, is not sufficient.  It gives young people a chance to socially construct their understanding as they explain ideas in different ways and ask and answer questions together. It engages young people in the enterprise of education, giving them a leading role to play and helping to initiate them into the ‘dialogue of humanity’. The quality of Peer Tutoring is dependent on the quality of dialogue (see my 4Cs Dialogue page for more details).


What CPD and Support is Available?

Please contact me if you would like to discuss Peer Tutoring in your setting with myself and with the national UFA team. Standard packages of CPD and support are:


Lead Practitioner Training

This is a one day course intended to give participants the expertise and the resources needed to establish a Peer Tutoring programme in their school. You can find out more on the UFA website.

Standard price £195 per person.


Direct Delivery

This package includes:

  • two days of training for prospective Peer Tutors in school;
  • school staff being invited to observe and support the delivery to ensure the sustainability of the programme in school (we very much hope that the young people themselves will go on to train future cohorts);
  • pre- and post-delivery consultancy sessions (including evaluation of impact), giving you access to all the experience of UFA.

Full details of the package can be found on the UFA website.

Standard price £2650

Please contact me if you would like to book a programme for your school, or if you would be interested in hosting a Lead Practitioner course.