Case study

Placemakers: Enhanced Learning Tutoring Initiative at Queen Margaret University

26 May 2022

Since the start of 2021, Queen Margaret University has been working in partnership with East Lothian Council, STV Children’s Appeal and a local family charity to deliver a pioneering tutoring initiative to support young people of school age who have struggled with learning as a result of Covid-19. Designed to help pupils identified by schools as requiring additional support, the Enhanced Learning Tutoring Initiative (ELTI) tackles a learning crisis arising from Covid-19 facing many young people.

Tutoring has never been delivered in Scotland on such a scale before ELTI. In spring 2021, despite the challenges of the recent lockdown, ELTI delivered 11 weeks of tutoring, averaging 200 pupils undertaking sessions each week. In the current academic year, ELTI’s provision has grown significantly. Beginning in the East Lothian local authority area, the project has now expanded to Midlothian, including a mix of face to face and online tuition.