Our founder Lara, a second year Chemistry PhD candidate, has navigated the academic system as a Black, Queer woman. This has meant facing many challenges that her peers may not have experienced. With underrepresentation of BAME role models, visibly Queer role models in science, and sciences being taught through a colonial Euro-centric gaze, at times this has meant that the subject she loves and has a big passion for has not catered to her needs as much as it has for pupils from non-marginalised backgrounds.
After having discussions with peers, drawing from her personal experiences and those shared by others, and the success of her Decolonising Science workshops, she was inspired to create Creative Tuition. This would help pave the way for better representation and provide more comprehensive and compassionate teaching to young children who will perhaps face the same institutional battles she has had to fight throughout her university and no doubt in her future professional life. This is to equip future generations with the tools to navigate an education system which is not serving them as well as it should at the present.
So, how does this general concept of inequality that Creative Tuition strives to improve translate into the lived experiences of many, many individuals?
In our blog we present some detail on what it means to be from an underrepresented group in education today.
1/3 of students in Higher Education experienced a negative reaction to them being or be perceived to be LGTBTQIA+ - a tenth of these negative reactions coming from staff members
Only 2.2% of school teachers identified as a Black ethnic group.
In academia, 24.3% of disabled staff compared to 29.9% of non-disabled staff earn over £50,000pa
1 in 8 aged 5-19 have a mental disorder.
1 in 4 people assigned female at birth report symptoms of mental disorders
1 in 8 people assigned male at birth report symptoms of mental disorders
NHS waiting time for young people seeking help are between 9-12 months on average
Workplace sickness absence rates decreased by 60% in organisations that offered counselling interventions.
92.9% of headteachers and 85.9% of schoolteachers identified as White British despite only making 78.5% of UK population.