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“Everything we do is about giving children life chances… we are determined to reach out to support as many pupils as possible who may need help”

Siân Renwick, Director

What do we do?

Since 1996, Quest for Learning has been helping to close the gap in literacy and numeracy between Oxfordshire’s most disadvantaged primary-age children and their better-off peers. We believe that too many children are not fulfilling their academic potential through no fault of their own. The reasons for this are not easy to unpick: it may be because they arrived at school with only limited English, they don’t have much support at home, or they miss vital teaching through illness or disruption. Sometimes, they simply don’t have the confidence to engage in lessons.  

Whatever the reasons, two things are clear. Firstly, if these children don’t catch up with their peers by the time they leave primary school, their chances of doing so at secondary school are almost non-existent. Secondly, Quest for Learning, through our carefully designed interventions and resources, can make a real and lasting difference.  

To watch a short presentation about our work, click here

How do we do it?

We use trained, paid, and experienced tutors to deliver programmes in Oxfordshire primary schools. Some schools approach us for help themselves, while others are identified by Quest for Learning and our funders as needing extra support for some pupils. We have many long-term relationships with schools across the county and are always very happy to hear from new schools who’d be interested in working with us. Last year, we worked in over 25 schools.  

We have two literacy programmes:  

  • ReadingQuest: designed to boost reading accuracy with highly personalised 1:1 sessions over six weeks, usually with children in KS1.  
  • BookQuest:  delivered to small groups of children, usually in KS2, who have significant issues with reading comprehension. 

We also have a comprehensive bank of maths resources:  

  • NumSkills: game-based activities used by our tutors with small groups of children to boost mental maths and overall confidence. 

In addition to our teaching programmes, we also run a comprehensive programme of affordable, up- to-date, and inspiring CPD refresher courses for primary teachers and TAs, including workshops on KS1 and KS2 moderation and assessment. For more information about our courses, click here.  

Find out more

If you would like to know more about our work, please do get in touch by emailing our Executive Director