Tutoring in Schools - Teachers Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Ulster University Tutoring in Schools Programme?
The Tutoring in Schools Programme places Ulster University students in any primary, secondary or special needs school in the province. Participation from Regional Colleges is also welcome. 

It provides schools with a student to work alongside teachers on any school-based project you propose. 

What are the TiS programme’s main aims, objectives and benefits?

  • The teacher gains an extra resource in the classroom, perhaps using the student tutor’s skill in a particular area of the curriculum.
  • It encourages positive interaction between University student tutors and school pupils, where the former can act as positive role models and ambassadors.
  • Pupils benefit from both the student tutor’s fresh insight into their particular subject area, additional individual support and the extra skills available.
  • It develops both pupils’ and student tutor’s interpersonal and communication skills and helps improve self-confidence.
  • It establishes a strong foundation for building future partnerships between schools and the Ulster University.
  • It raises the aspirations of young people and encourages more of them to consider progression to further or higher education.
  • It provides a rewarding experience, with measurable learning outcomes for all participants, within a structured framework.

How do I register a TiS project for our school?
If you, your colleagues or your school wishes to participate in the programme, firstly register on the TiS webpage addl.ulster.ac.uk/tis/schools/signup  

Once your account has been validated - to add new projects simply login at addl.ulster.ac.uk/tis/login/school 

When do projects take place in the school?
The programme runs in the second semester, normally from February to April/May, over a 12-week period.

When do projects need to be added to the TiS website?
We would advise that projects are uploaded to our website as soon as possible so that they are available for our students to see when they return to their studies in September.

How many projects can we submit to the TiS programme?
Schools may nominate up to 3 projects which projects, which would benefit from the involvement of our students.

What type of projects can be added to the TiS programme?
Teachers may add any project they need assistance with in any subject area.

While the programme was initially targeted at students wishing to complete a PGCE and undertake a career in teaching, recent developments highlight the value of practice-based projects which provide other support for schools beyond the traditional ‘tutoring’ role, for example, Computing students providing help with school websites, Media students providing help with school magazines, or Textile students providing help with costumes for school plays.

What can be expected from the student(s) for a TiS project?
Any Ulster University student can apply to participate in the TiS programme, from 1st Year through to PhD. Students will bring their own unique subject expertise and knowledge and will expect to assist you with your project.

PLEASE NOTE that Ulster University TiS students are not trainee teachers completing PGCEs or BEd Degrees, but self-selected volunteers, and should work under the supervision of school staff.

How many hours do the students spend at the school to complete the project?
Student volunteers are required to spend 32 hours over a 10-12 week period in the school to complete the project..

Additionally, there is an accredited TiS option where students are required to complete the project as part of their degree programme. These students must spend 50 hours in the school to fulfil the requirements or their programme.

The majority of students, however, complete TiS on a voluntary basis , on top of their studies.  

How are project hours timetabled for TiS projects between teacher(s) and student(s)?
We would advise, where possible, that student(s) are scheduled to spend around 3–4 hours per week, over a 10-12 week period, on the same day.

It may suit you and the student better to work on the project in half or full day slots per week, depending on timetabling commitments. It would not be conducive to expect students to partake in a project for less than 2 hours per day (i.e. to expect students to do 30min slots over a number of days).

We advise teachers and students to liaise with each other to find the best possible times that suit all parties to complete individual projects.

Will we be guaranteed a student for our project?
The University is committed to the Tutoring in Schools programme and recognises its value not only to our students but also to you, the schools, and your pupils.  We try our very best each year to place students with all projects, however, it is down to the individual student(s) which project they pick, so we cannot guarantee a student is placed with your project. However, please do not let this put you off applying or reapplying, as the old adage says, “If you’re not in you can’t win”.

For example, in the 2012–2013 academic year 141 schools posted 228 projects on the TiS website, and a total of 211 students subsequently registered on the programme and took up these projects in schools around the province. 

How many students can participate in an individual TiS project?
Projects can ask for one student per project or more than one student may work on each project.  It is up to the project teacher to specify how many students they require.

Are students AccessNI checked?
Yes, all students are cleared through the AccessNI enhanced process before they start their placement.

Who can I contact for further information on the TiS programme?
If you have any queries on any aspect of the TiS programme or with uploading your project to our website, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Barbara Hunter
Tutoring in Schools Coordinator 

Access & Distributed Learning
Widening Access & Participation
University of Ulster
Room 02H03 | Shore Road | Newtownabbey | BT37 0QB

T: +44(0) 28 90 38686 
E: tis@ulster.ac.uk  

Phil Turbitt
Tutoring in Schools Coordinator 

Access & Distributed Learning
Widening Access & Participation
University of Ulster
Room 02H03 | Shore Road | Newtownabbey | BT37 0QB

T: +44(0) 28 90 366656 
E: tis@ulster.ac.uk

Are there examples of previous TiS projects that we can look at?
Yes, please see examples of some projects from the 2012-2013 TiS programme in the table below:

Tutoring / assisting in the Foundation Degree Object Orientated Programming (Java) classroom.

The role of History in the City of Culture to tie in with our Year 10 Connected Learning Project.

Looking at the history of Derry through the ages.

One surrounded the role of History in the City of Culture to tie in with our Year 10 Connected Learning Project. Looking at the history of Derry through the ages.

Student mentoring- to mentor individual students or small groups who are struggling academically to help them raise their achievement and improve their confidence in the run-up to formal examinations

Languages 2012 - To prepare, source and upload sources to meet the demands of AS/A2 French.

The plan is to put formal support in place for students who may be at risk of underachieving.

To assist in teaching flash animation skills to BTEC C-media pupils (Year 14's)and to develop interactivity through use of scripting language.

The project for history would be to work on assessment for learning strategies and resources for use with all year groups in order to develop and , to an extent, experiment with, our assessment techniques in line with the SDP.

Devise end of unit evaluation sheets for existing units of work for key stage 3 Home Economics

The Benefits of ICT in Key Stage 3. To develop resources using existing schemes of work for use on the interactive white board.

Assistance with SEN pupils to achieve pass grade in History at GCSE level.

Clay Project - Wall Mural - based on patterns, symbols and motifs from various cultures.

Key Stage 3 CAD skills development project - To develop fundamental Computer Aided Design skills of pupils in Year 8 Technology & Design. Additional assistance with KS4 and/or 5 CAD problems (time permitting).

Programming Club - This project will aim to develop programming skills in Yr 9-12 students, as an after-school activity.

Literacy Support: To provide a reading programme to selected year 8 - 9 pupils.

Music Dept. Assistant - Provide support to teacher for music lessons.

Literacy at KS4 - The Student Tutor will work with the Literacy coordinator and the Head of English with Year 13 pupils who have failed their GCSE English and with other Yr11 and 12 students identified as requiring low level learning support. This support may be during or after school hours.

Reading for success and enjoyment - pupils will be given the opportunity to improve their confidence in and enjoyment of reading through group guided reading activities and one to one sessions with university students

Working with a Year 13 SEN pupil who is studying History AS. Individual tutoring on the skills of answering source based questions on Germany 1919-45

Consumer Studies Applied Food Product Design and Development Module (2nd Year Module) - Consumer Studies students will work with Year 13 Applied Science students who are studying Unit 4: Applied Food Science and Technology. You will work with Step Up schools from the Belfast and Northwest areas.

iMap - iMap is designed to introduce secondary school pupils to Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Tutoring in University

Literacy Support: To assist and promote literacy in Key Stage 1 to encourage pupils to develop strategies to help them to read better and to encourage pupils to use phonics in their writing.

Individual or small group Literacy support for Year 8 pupils and pupils for whom English is a second language

Pair/Group Reading

SEN support. One to one support for children with ADHD/dyslexia-type characteristics to increase motivation and concentration through simple games.

Literacy and Numeracy support to help raise attainment of pupils at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Teaching Spanish lessons throughout the school.

Raising standards in numeracy for pupils with SEN in a small group in a classroom setting utilising ICT and maths resources/games.

Raising standards in Science, through investigations in a classroom setting and utilising scientific equipment.

To raise standards in reading Irish in an Irish Medium Primary School

Irish Language Project for specific UUB Irish Language Students

To work with students who have special needs, specifically those with learning disabilities, ADHD, and mild/moderate behaviour disorders.

Assisting children in preparation for ICT accreditation.

"Nuacht litir" - News letter for children - encourage computer use i.e picture editing, typing, saving and printing documents

READING WITH CONFIDENCE

MATHS FOR CHILDREN - To make maths enjoyable and meaningful for a group of children who have a history of failure in the subject.

French in Our School.

Number-Crunchers: mostly mental maths-based Maths workshops for p7 pupils. A small group of pupils 12-15 who will enjoy a challenge and need to enhance their mental maths and processes skills.

Reading for Success - To help improve pupils fluency and expression in reading aloud through fun reading activities

Supporting Emotional Intelligence and PDMU through The Arts - Using Art to express feelings and emotions

To improve reading skills amongst targeted groups within P4-P7 by using novel based resources.

Maths Project.

Project surrounding the 75th anniversary of the school next year.

Literacy Scheme

SEN support. One to one support children with ADHD/Dyslexia-type characteristics to increase motivation and concentration through simple games - If possible would also be interested in 'raising standards in Numeracy for pupils with SEN in small group work in classroom setting'

Literacy support to help pupils improve their confidence in reading.
To develop a school newsletter using ICT and Literacy skills

To assist with and promote literacy in the early years:

To assist with and promote literacy in key stage 1 - to encourage pupils to develop strategies to help them to read better and to encourage pupils to use phonics in their writing

Consumer Studies Applied Food Product Design and Development Module (2nd Year Module) - Consumer Studies students will work with Year 13 Applied Science students who are studying Unit 4: Applied Food Science and Technology. You will work with Step Up schools from the Belfast and Northwest areas.

Developing and extending pupils ICT skills - To assist pupils in their learning through ICT.

Musical Wonderlands'

GCSE SUPPORT - To support individuals in KS4 in their study for GCSE Maths, English and ICT.

Working with First year pupils to improve and enhance their skills in the area of Geography and/or History through different projects and classroom assistance.

Literacy/Numeracy support - Literary support to help pupils to improve their confidence in reading through small group reading activities - Numeracy support to help pupils to improve their confidence in Mathematics through one-on-one sessions with Numeracy mentor
Business Studies Specific Project.


Working in small groups to raise numeracy / literacy standards

KS4 Performing Arts Pupils; helping the Year 11's with their end of year showcase & the Year 12's with their Devised piece.

(STEM) SUPPORTING THE DELVERY OF ICT AT GCSE & KEY STAGE 3
SUPPORTING THE DELVERY OF GEOGRAPHY AT KEY STAGE 3

Mentor a Year 12 class for a GCSE controlled assessment project regarding Business Planning for Tesco.

PUPIL ASSISTANT - Student Tutor to shadow identified Key Stage 3 pupil to assist with their learning in the classroom. This may also involve withdrawal work. The main focus will be to improve literacy and numeracy skills of identified pupils. It will involve helping pupils to improve their reading and spelling skills, as well as developing their numeracy skills. Pupils should improve their skills and develop their self esteem, guided by the student tutors.

Irish Language Development - To work alongside teachers to devise Active Learning resources and activities for KS3 pupils including initiatives to further develop oral proficiency.

PUPIL ASSISTANT - Student Tutor to shadow identified Key Stage 3/4 pupils to assist with their ICT learning in the classroom. This may also involve withdrawal work. The main focus will be to improve ICT skills of identified pupils. It will involve helping pupils to improve their practical and theoretical understanding of key ICT software. Pupils should improve their skills and develop their self esteem, guided by the student tutors.

Clay Project- Portraiture in ceramics. Pupils will gain skills in monoprinting, line drawing and learn to transfer designs onto slabs of clay. Pupils will learn to capture their personalities and expressions through the medium of clay and design a photo frame and portrait of themselves to take home or display in school.

CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) - Working on development of a range of teaching materials and CEIAG events in the College.

Raising standards in Literacy - Across Key Stage 3 develop strategies/resources/activities for use with the Personal Spelling Book in Tutor class.

Developing resources/active learning strategies for use in GCSE History, with focus on Northern Ireland, 1965-85 and The Cold War.

Support in ICT for pupils in Years 3 and 4 to ensure all areas of learning are covered.
Teaching Conversational Spanish throughout the school.

Literacy Support - To help pupils become more confident and competent writers. The tutor will work with small groups of children in a Key Stage 1 classroom.

Mad about Maths and Ready for Reading - Working with individual or small groups of pupils in upper Key Stage 1 who have difficulties with basic reading and number concepts.

To raise pupils achievement in Numeracy through participating in Catch Up Maths Programme.

To assist with the teaching of children who are listed on the schools register of Special Educational Needs - In particular to improve the pupils basic literacy skills through one to one and small group context, while working under the teacher’s guidance.

Tutorials using Adobe Photoshop where the student will learn basic image editing tools and photo manipulation. In weeks 4-5 the student will create a magazine cover consisting in a different elements from text, images, layers using different effects and tips learned from the previous weeks.

Design of website using Microsoft FrontPage for GCSE Business & Communication Unit 3 students - Its a website for a fictitious phone shop

Increased web presence and improved careers and STEM information

Numeracy support to help pupils develop their confidence in Mathematics through one-on-one sessions with a Numeracy mentor.

To support the work in the Geography Department by providing one to one support with some young people from Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 who require additional support in accessing the curriculum and in meeting their individual targets and goals.
Introducing Games Design using Matchware Mediator

To assist the A-level Applied students with their coursework - To support KS3 ICT teachers in teaching a new course.

Art Project – Wall mural

Developing and extending pupils ICT skills. To assist pupils in their learning through ICT at GCSE/A Level. To illustrate and develop pupils design skills in ICT and showcase results.


To develop the schools Eco-Club further - To assist with the promotion of Eco-Schools by working with the children on a practical project, within the school grounds.

To help develop literacy and numeracy skills for dyslexic and autistic P4/P5 pupils through the use of ICT and the Interactive White board.

Healthy Eating

ICT Accreditation - Support for staff and pupils for ICT accreditation at key stage 2.
Using IT creatively - assisting pupils in creating podcasts, animations, movies etc and assisting with digital media

ICT Accreditation - Support for staff and pupils for ICT accreditation at key stage 2.

STEM Engineering Project - To bring in some aspect of engineering into the key stage 2 learning experience

Formula 1 in Primary Schools - You are the design team commissioned to research, design, manufacture, test and race the fastest car possible driven by compact compressed air.

Healthy Eating & Regular Exercise-Why Bother?

ICT accreditation KS1 and KS2 - To enable children in KS1 and KS2 to participate in and complete the ICT Accreditation scheme

To further build the capacity of all staff to deliver ICT support for children with AEN and their competence with using assistive technology within their classrooms.

Modern Foreign Languages @ Key Stage 2

Raising standards in Science through group investigations.

DIGITAL IMAGING TO PROMOTE LEARNING - To improve pupil and staff ICT skills in using digital cameras/ video clips. To improve pupil communication and presentation skills To improve assessment for learning To add teaching clips to the school website

Healthy Lifestyle - To work with early years /nursery class to promote good nutrition, exercise and healthy choices

Art Project

Supporting teachers and pupils in preparing for Primary ICT Accreditation Scheme. Our school is focusing on improving ICT standards throughout the key stages and pupils will be set additional tasks linking to the above scheme.

Specific Student Project

Putting the Pieces Together - A project that will explore patterns and motifs from different cultures to help the class to grow in their knowledge and understanding of other cultures. (Art Student)

Health Related Physical Education - design and implement HRPE booklets for pupils
GROWING TOGETHER - To enable pupils aged 4-11 to learn about their own natural environment.

"IS BREA LINN GAEILGE!" - To develop Irish language vocabulary and fluency at Key Stage (age 7-11)

Creation of a school website to promote the school, inform parents and enhance teacher/pupils ICT skills, through hands on learning

Specific Student Project - Spanish Project

Providing one to one support for children with SEN (specific literacy difficulties and attention difficulties) within KS2.

Irish Language Project - Teaching conversational Irish throughout the school, enabling pupils to learn the Irish language through fun activities.

Use digital video camera, interactive movie making, editing and animation

Aspire NI is a project with Year 8 Pupils at St. Brigid's College. The project aims to build upon Literacy and Numeracy skills, improve Social and Health outcomes and raise the Aspirations and Achievement of these young people. A major desire is that there will be a formation of new links outside the pupils own community and consequently provide them with a variety of role models.

Mentoring of post 16 students to achieve full potential.

Mentoring for pupils at risk:

Numeracy at Key Stage 3 - Key Stage 3 Numeracy Support: The aim of the project is to provide one-to-one mentoring and support to pupils struggling with basic numeracy in years 8 - 10.

Assist the development of Literacy strategies across the curriculum at Key Stage 3

Business Glossary Terms and definitions put on PODCASTS / MP3/ Apps - Case Studies Q&A put on PODCASTS /MP3

Student Tutor Subject Assistant - to assist the class teacher with the teaching and learning in the classroom - to improve literacy/numeracy /ICT skills;

BTEC National Hospitality Food & Drink Trainer - The aim is to train students in the operation of a restaurant in the school. This restaurant is open on a Friday and gives pupils evidence towards Unit 6 Food & Drink Service and Unit 3 Customer Service.
Art department Teaching Assistant

Eco-Schools Project - The student tutor shall guide the development of eco-schools program. The topics of interest are Biodiversity, School grounds and Recycling.

Key Stage 3 Mentoring Programme - The aim of this project would be to improve the mathematical ability of lower ability key stage 3 students whilst increasing their confidence and enjoyment of the subject.

Raising Standards in Literacy - The aim of the project is to provide literacy support to struggling readers on a small group or one to one basis. It is also hoped that a range of strategies can be employed to improve reading and resources utilised to develop confidence with reluctant readers. It is also intended that new resources be designed for use in this area.

Raising Standards in Literacy

Design and production of interactive multimedia - Pupils will develop effective creative skills that incorporate planning, design and development of animated multimedia using programming techniques to provide user interaction.

Key Stage 3 Numeracy - Student tutor to work with small groups of pupils to assist with learning and improvement of numeracy skills.
To assist with the promotion of Education for Sustainable Development throughout the school by working with the "Eco Club" on a practical project, within the school grounds, to be agreed in consultation with the school.

Learning Through Play in Foundation Stage

Maths support for pupils aged 6-10, mainly aimed at mental maths.

About tutoring in schools

Tutoring in Schools is a programme that places Ulster University student tutors in a primary, secondary or special school.

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The benefits of the Tutoring in Schools programme are widely recognised by all participating parties.
It encourages positive interaction between University student tutors and school pupils where the former can act as positive role models and ambassadors.

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