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Quest for Learning employs a team of specially trained tutors to work in primary schools across Oxfordshire, helping to close the attainment gap between the most disadvantaged pupils and their classmates. We believe that all children should have the chance to fulfil their potential and our aim to is to help them to flourish at school, inspiring a love of learning, and equipping them with valuable life skills.  

We work mainly with schools which are in areas of high deprivation including: Banbury, South Abingdon, East Oxford and Didcot. Some schools approach us directly to ask us to provide one or more of our interventions; others are identified by us or our funders as needing extra help for some pupils. We have worked in many of our partner schools for several years, helping them address the needs of their community. Elsewhere, we may support pupils over the course of just a single academic year.  

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. 

From November 2020, we are delighted to be partnering with the National Tutoring Programme in their mission to support schools in providing a sustained response to the coronavirus pandemic and to provide a longer-term contribution to closing the attainment gap. For more information, click here. 

Beyond the Classroom

Quest for Learning understands that learning doesn’t begin and end in the classroom. Support from parents and carers can be vital to a child’s progress.  

Once children have been selected for a programme, we work with families through: 

  • Establishing regular contact - tutors update families about lessons and answer questions that parents or carers may have. 
  • Inviting parents and carers to come and observe lessons or join in with workshops. 
  • Organising celebration assemblies in schools for families once their child has completed one of our programmes. 

We also run community events, such as Family Fun Maths Mornings, where we use our NumSkills resources to engage families with simple games they can easily play at home. The games and activities are designed to boost confidence and resilience in mental maths.  

During lockdown, the QFL team prepared a selection of home-school screen-free activities which can be used at any point to support your child's learning. Find out more here

Upcoming courses

Thursday 10th March