TACKLING EDUCATION INEQUALITY

since 1995

 

Welcome to Quest for Learning

Education is like turning on a light – suddenly the world is brighter, easier to navigate and full of possibilities.

Quest for Learning is a small Oxfordshire charity with a big ambition; we want all children to leave primary school able to read well and be confident about maths.  Currently, one in five children can’t read well or at all by the age of 11, and many others struggle with the basic maths skills that they will need in their adult lives.

Since 1995, we have worked in primary schools across the county, using our literacy and maths programmes to boost confidence and skills, closing the education disadvantage gap and ultimately improving the life chances of thousands of children.

KS1 Literacy Programme

Securing the first steps in reading is key to educational success. Our tutors work one-to-one or in small groups to identify and work on specific areas where a child is struggling.  

KS2 Literacy Programme

Using carefully chosen texts, our tutors work with small groups of children to help them make the leap between simple decoding to real understanding and enjoyment when reading.

Numeracy Support

Our NumSkills games and activities are designed to boost skills and confidence in mental maths whilst everyone is having fun. Our NumSkills tutors work with small groups of children. 

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Comprehension gain using National Tutoring Programme

96%

feel confident/super confident about reading after ReadingQuest

100%

of children feel more confident about reading after BookQuest

89%

of children felt NumSkills helped them with maths back in the classroom

We are part of the National Tutoring Programme

The National Tutoring Programme is part of a Government initiative to address learning loss resulting from the Covid 19 pandemic. As an approved NTP Tuition partner, we can offer schools our ReadingQuest and BookQuest programmes at a subsidised rate.

Upcoming training courses for primary teaching staff

Supporting Writing in KS1: a workshop for Teaching Assistants

Course date May 17, 2022

This course is designed specifically to provide TAs with an understanding of the KS1 writing curriculum and its associated subject knowledge, as well as an opportunity to explore strategies and approaches for scaffolding their writing to develop independence. Suitable for TAs working in KS1 or KS2.

Supporting Writing in KS2: A workshop for Teaching Assistants

Course date May 19, 2022

This course is designed specifically to provide TAs with an understanding of the KS2 writing curriculum and its associated subject knowledge, as well as an opportunity to explore strategies and approaches for scaffolding their writing to develop independence. Suitable for TAs working in KS2.

End of KS1 Writing Assessment and Moderation: Cross-school moderation

Course date May 24, 2022

In the final session, teachers will have an opportunity to moderate and discuss pupils’ writing from across the standards, agreeing or refining judgements with colleagues from other schools and discussing next steps to secure standards by the end of the teacher assessment period.

How we work with Tutors

All our programmes are delivered by specially trained tutors who are employed by Quest for Learning and supported by our Teaching Team.

Interested in joining our friendly, supportive team? If you are an experienced primary teacher or qualified education professional looking for part-time work, we would love to hear from you! 

How we work with Families

Has your child been chosen by their school to take part in ReadingQuest, BookQuest or NumSkills? You can find out here how to help them make the most of the extra support. 

You may also be interested in ways that you can support your children in maths and literacy more generally during their time at primary school. Find out more about simple activities you can do at home, plus news about upcoming events for families.

Find out how we can help your school

Do you work in a school and feel your pupils could benefit from our programmes?  Do drop us a quick message using the form below and we will be in touch.

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