We are delighted to have received new grant funding from several high profile trusts and foundations to help us meet the challenges of COVID and grow into areas that need us most.
This comes at a time when evidence from the Education Policy Institute suggests all the gains in closing the disadvantage gap in attainment over the last ten years have been lost in the last five months and school funding changes will benefit the most disadvantaged the least.
We have received our first grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation to help us meet the need for tuition in outer London, Essex and Kent - where there is high deprivation and a wide attainment gap, but currently little tutoring provision for underachieving pupils.
We are already talking to schools but if you are a school leader in these areas - particularly Thurrock, Southend, Basildon or Harlow in Kent; Dartford and Medway in Essex; and Croydon, Merton, Bromley and Bexley in London - we’d love to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also very pleased to have received funding from Kusuma Trust via the London Community Response Fund to help with tutor recruitment and support for online tutoring and from UnLtd via the Social Enterprise Support Fund to help us adapt our operations in light of COVID.
We are also grateful to the Vintners' Company Foundation for their kind donation.
Like many small charities, recent months have been challenging and we still have some way to go to reach our match funding target this year.
We believe the support we have received so far not only highlights the increased level of need for catch up tuition, but is also a vote of confidence in Team Up, our staff and our brilliant volunteer tutors who make a difference to children's lives.