Peer tutoring programme is a success

Ananya Aravindhan (10) with pupils from Woodston and Nene Valley primary schools taking part in a UFA programme to help younger pupils EMN-160225-165955009
Ananya Aravindhan (10) with pupils from Woodston and Nene Valley primary schools taking part in a UFA programme to help younger pupils EMN-160225-165955009
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Pupils from two Peterborough schools have taken part in an innovative learning project to help them to help other pupils to learn.

UFA (University of the First Age) worked with Woodston Primary School and Nene Valley Primary School to train 20 Year 4 and 5 students as Peer Tutors as part of a two-day programme.

The nine and ten year old pupils will use their newfound skills to help younger students through one to one tutoring across a range of subjects.

Woodston Primary headteacher Jacki Mitchell said the Peer Tutoring programme was aimed at helping both the tutors and the tutees gain skills and grow confidence.

“Peer tutoring is a great way of encouraging pupils to work across the school to help each other to learn and as a school, we were really keen to get involved,” she said.

“The pupils were trained on Wednesday and Thursday as part of a project supported by Peterborough Learning Partnership, before the programme is rolled out in school to support everything from maths to gym club.”

At Nene Valley Primary School the Peer Tutoring programme will support the science programme, with the school’s newly appointed Science Ambassadors taking part in the training.

“Students applied to take on the role of Science Ambassador, supporting the school science club and championing science in the classroom,” said headteacher Stuart Mansell.

“The Peer Tutoring programme is a great opportunity to boost their skills even further and give them the confidence to help develop science in the classroom working with their classmates.”

The programme involves a wide range of interactive exercises to help the children understand how they learn, work together and give positive feedback.

UFA Director of Learning, Manjit Shellis said the 
Peer Tutoring programme, which UFA runs with primary and secondary schools across the UK, was a great way of developing confidence and skills in both tutors and tutees.