Schools Plus
Schools Plus helps young people to achieve their academic potential by matching them with university student tutors.
1-2 hours per week throughout term-time
Local Schools
What is Schools Plus?
Did you know, only 24% of children who have free school meals acquire the benchmark 5 GCSE grades from 9-4/A*-C? This is less than half of the national rate. You can change this with our Schools Plus programme.
  • University student volunteers deliver weekly tutoring sessions to pupils at local schools.
  • Each project is specific to the individual needs of the school and pupils involved.
  • We recruit the tutors and provide training and ongoing support throughout.
  • Last year, 100% of teachers said that their pupils’ interest, confidence and attainment in the subject improved.
  • And 97% of tutors said volunteering with Schools Plus enhanced their university experience.
  • Your travel expenses to and from the school will be reimbursed. We make sure that volunteering will not cost you a thing!
From literacy to numeracy, geography to music, psychology to homework support, there's something for everyone! If there's not currently a project available in a subject area you'd like to support you can get in touch with Clara at and we'll support you to set it up.
You can also check out similar projects, such as Code Plus or Libraries Plus, over on our What's On page.
Becoming a tutor
  • We run tutoring projects across a whole range of subjects from Music to Maths, KS1 to A Level.
  • Choose your project based on your subject preference and availability. All projects take place Monday-Friday between 8:30am- 4:30pm
  • Bring your passion, enthusiasm, and commitment!
Volunteering requirements
  • To apply, you must currently be enrolled as a student at the University of Southampton.
  • To make a real difference, we ask that you commit to volunteer weekly during term time
  • No previous experience required!
How long do I have to commit for?
We ask for at least an hour a week throughout the academic year, plus travel time to your school (although this will vary from project to project.)
We provide training for all tutors before you start in schools, and run related events for tutors throughout the year. This includes training on behaviour management, tutoring techniques, how to engage with young people and general volunteer training.
Schools Plus is committed to being an inclusive programme, and encourages all students to get involved.
We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, selection workshops, training sessions, and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, please do get in touch with and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
Volunteering with Schools Plus won't cost you
This project takes place at primary and secondary schools across Southampton. However, if reasonable adjustments require you take an alternative form of transport, just get in touch and we can cover your costs. We reimburse all Southampton Hub volunteers' travel expenses.
Why not volunteer with a friend?
Volunteering for Southampton Hub is social and you'll have the chance to meet many like-minded people, but why not ask a friend to sign up with you too?
Got any questions before you apply or need reasonable adjustments made to volunteer?
Just email We are inclusive and encouraging of all people who want to volunteer.
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