Free support for your STEM activities

Free mentors, tutors and classroom assistants are available to support your science activities. We have chosen some of the brightest and most enthusiastic Imperial students to deliver a wide range of support for primary school age pupils through to Year 12 and 13 students preparing to enter university.

Tutoring is available for both state primary and secondary school students. All of our student volunteers have been trained for their role and have undergone the appropriate DBS criminal record checks. Please read below for information. If you have any queries, or wish to find out more, please email us.

The Pimlico Connection: tutoring and classroom assistants

Pimlico tutor and studentLocal state primary and secondary schools can request support from our voluntary Pimlico Connection tutors for help with science and/or maths-based lessons, after-school clubs, or general support.

The Pimlico Connection is a peer-tutoring scheme which has been running at Imperial since 1975 and sees current students volunteer as a tutor in local schools for a 17-week period from the week commencing 30 October 2017 to the week commencing 19 March 2018. The scheme places a strong emphasis on inspiring students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. It also serves to raise aspirations by providing students with a positive role model for STEM subjects and higher education in general.

Download the Pimlico Connection 2016–17 Annual Report (pdf) to find out what our tutors did last year, and what teachers had to say about the scheme!

Our enthusiastic tutors volunteer their time for 1–2 hours, normally on a Wednesday afternoon, in state primary and secondary schools within a 30-minute commute of South Kensington station.

Applications for teachers and tutors for 2018-19 will be open in the Autumn.


Host an INSPIRE PGCE student

State-funded comprehensive or grammar schools in London, Hertfordshire or Surrey can apply to host one of our INSPIRE PGCE students.

All of our INSPIRE students are science graduates who hold at least a Master's level qualification in Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Engineering.

Each student spends time in two different schools during the 10-month PGCE programme, delivering a wide range of science activities, as well as outreach activities aimed at raising the aspirations of the pupils.

The programme is delivered by a partnership of Imperial College London and Canterbury Christ Church University, which delivers the teacher training side of the degree.

Schools do not need to pay to host a PGCE student. In addition, Canterbury Christ Church University pays a mentoring fee of £11 per day per student directly to the school. This equates to almost £1,200 for the two placements.

If your school meets the above criteria and you wish to apply to host a PGCE student, please contact the INSPIRE coordinator Dr Corinne Hanlon at