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.

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

We will open applications in the autumn for schools to host tutors between November 2020 and March 2021.