Free support for your STEM activities

Free tutors and classroom assistants are available to support your science and maths activities through our Pimlico Connection programme. You can also host an INSPIRE PGCE student at your school.
Please read below for more information. 

The Pimlico Connection: tutoring and classroom assistants

Pimlico tutor and student

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 approximately 17 weeks between the start of November end the end of March. 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.

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.

Local 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.

Our enthusiastic tutors volunteer their time for 1–2 hours, normally on a Wednesday afternoon, in primary and secondary schools within a 30-minute commute of South Kensington station. All of our student volunteers have been trained for their role and have undergone the appropriate DBS criminal record checks.

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

If you have any queries, or wish to find out more, please email Pimlico Connection.

Applications for schools to host tutors between November 2019 and March 2020 are now open.  The deadline for schools to apply to have tutors placed with them is Monday 21 October 2019. 

Any state funded school within minutes of South Kensington can apply to have tutors. 

To apply, please complete our Pimlico Connection online application form.


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 approximately £11 per day per student directly to the school.

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