Are you a passionate qualified teacher available for 2 hours per week?
TalentEd’s expert teachers improve GCSE grades and academic and career options by supporting bright students in small groups.
Every young person should have the support, skills and aspirations to realise their potential. Sadly, this is not the case for young people from low income areas in the UK and educational inequality is highest amongst the brightest students.
Working as a TalentEd tutor gives you the opportunity to:
- teach without the pressures of planning lessons, reports and data management
- get paid to use your experience and qualifications to tackle educational inequality in your local area
- build a relationship with up to six students over a year and support them to develop the skills and aspirations to realise their potential
For more information about being a tutor, see the full job description.
A bit more information about…
Our expert teachers
TalentEd’s expert teachers are all qualified, with years of experience in secondary schools.
Ofsted’s 2012/2013 Annual Report confirms, as you might expect, that stronger teaching comes from experienced teachers. The 2014 EEF evidence shows the quality of teaching increases the effectiveness of small group tuition. TalentEd is therefore committed to quality. In addition to our tutors’ qualifications and experience, we have a rigorous recruitment process, ongoing support and regular appraisals.
We know from our work since 2012 that many qualified teachers who retire, work part-time, take sabbaticals or start families, are passionate about education and want to continue to contribute. Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Ofsted, agrees: ‘As an ex-Head myself, I know that there are many successful senior teachers retiring aged 55 or 60 who have energy, experience and passion for education.’
A 2015 DfE report states that there are 43,000 teachers leaving the profession each year. TalentEd enables these expert teachers to use their qualifications and experience to give hundreds of bright young people from low income backgrounds personalised support.
Our small groups
TalentEd tutors build a nurturing relationship with their small group of the same 6 students each week.
The evidence in the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit (2014) states that smaller groups allows for more sustained engagement from pupils and work that is more closely matched to learners’ needs which builds more effective feedback.
Our bright students
The schools with which we work have higher than average numbers of children on Free School Meals. Together we select Year 10 pupils who were achieving level 4/5 at Key Stage 2, but who are not on track for three A*/A grades at GCSE.
These students also miss out on university and careers. The 2014 Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission Report tells us that the most advantaged children are 6 times more likely to go to university than the most disadvantaged. In addition, those from low income backgrounds are more than twice as likely to be unemployed.
Our story so far
TalentEd was founded in 2012 by a teacher. Whilst teaching at an inner city London school in 2012, Rafi saw first-hand how bright pupils from low-income backgrounds were not being stretched and challenged to realise their full potential. With 43,000 teachers leaving the profession each year, Rafi also recognised these expert teachers as a valuable resource and looked for a way for them to use their experience and passion to help young people and their communities outside of full-time teaching.
TalentEd was born to bring these two groups together, and in four years has improved the grades and future options of hundreds of young people across London and the south east. The organisation has also received endorsement from across the teaching sector, with Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Ofsted stating ‘As an ex-Head myself, I know that there are many successful senior teachers retiring aged 55 or 60 who have energy, experience and passion for education.’
Whether from their experience as a teacher at a top independent school, or as a senior leader in a challenging academy, TalentEd’s highly experienced teachers add value to a school. At a time when independent and state schools are increasingly looking for ways in which they can work more closely, TalentEd offers an innovative solution by which knowledge and experience can be shared.
In their next phase of expansion, TalentEd have now set its sights nationwide. Today, the greatest educational inequality is found in rural and coastal areas, and TalentEd believes it is uniquely placed to tackle this problem, working with networks of retired and expert teachers across the country.
In a personal letter to Rafi, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I want Britain to be the great meritocracy of the world and a fundamental part of this is ensuring all young people get the best start in life. Your innovative work with ‘TalentEd’ is supporting the students who take part in your programmes to go as far as their talents allow.”
Rafi was delighted to receive a letter from the prime minister and an award for outstanding voluntary work (https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/fostering-talent/), but was quick to recognise those who work alongside him for the charity: ‘It’s a huge honour to win this award. I continue to be inspired by the work of our expert teachers, staff and board members and this is what drives me to continue volunteering with TalentEd, an organisation I’m truly proud to be a part of.’
In response to the award, Director, Joseph Kimmelman, said ‘Without Rafi’s vision and energy we would not have been able to unlock thousands of hours of expert support for the young people who need it most. I’m delighted that his work has been recognised, and I hope that this award inspires more expert teachers to get involved as we expand across the country.’
TalentEd are currently recruiting expert teachers across the country for new schools. We are particularly keen to hear from expert teachers in Cheshire, Essex, Greater Manchester, London, Northamptonshire, Sussex, but welcome applications from all expert teachers, regardless of where they live.
Please explore our website for more information.