Coach a Disadvantaged Pupil

Our programmes are a success thanks to teams of enthusiastic and committed university students/recent graduates who have an interest in education and social equality, volunteering their time to coach a school pupil.

Why Volunteer?

Our Programmes

Time Commitments

What We Look For

How To Apply

Its been a joy volunteering for CoachBright! Everyone in the team made me feel really welcome and I enjoyed every moment, from learning about the process of coaching in the early weeks to meeting my coachee and helping him with his studies. I’m fortunate that I had this opportunity as it’s definitely helped improve my confidence.
— Alex, 2nd Year Geophysics students, UCL

Why Volunteer?

Personal Development

Skill development to increase employability (coaching skills, team work, organisation, planning, communication, resilience and more).

Gain first-hand insight into what works in changing behaviours in a disadvantaged school, improving your prospects of entering social graduate schemes Teach First and Frontline.

Earn a formal Student Leadership Accreditation awarded by the SSAT (The Schools Network). Find out more here.


Professional Network

Networking opportunities with industry professionals (in both the corporate and third sectors).

Opportunities to progress and specialise within CoachBright either as a Head Coach or using your specialism (design, data analysis, etc).

Progression support for university students from disadvantaged backgrounds and introductions to global graduate employers.

Join an Active Team

Meet like-minded students from your university and others around the country, joining a team of hundreds passionate about tackling educational disadvantages.

Get membership to the CoachBright Student Society, led by a dedicated committee who are coaches themselves.

Attend workshops, trips and regular socials as well as our bi-annual CoachBright parties where we announce winners of The Coach Awards!


Make a Difference

Help balance out the inequality that exists in the UK which prevents many high achieving students reaping the rewards of Higher Education.

Learn more about your local community and do something that's going to make a lasting difference when you leave.

Use an hour of your week to build a relationship with an individual who may not otherwise get the time and attention.


Our Programmes


Our Key Stage 4 and 5 programmes (pupils aged 14-18) run in October-December and then again February-April. Once trained as a coach, you will work with one or two pupils on a GCSE/A Level subject of their choice. You will visit their school on the same afternoon each week (times vary across school placements).

In addition, we are running a Key Stage 3 programme in South West London this year, to support year 7 pupils with their science curriculum (same timeline as above).


Our Key Stage 2 programmes (pupils aged 10-11) run in October-December, February-April or May-July. Once trained as a coach, you will work with small groups of four pupils helping them to achieve a higher standard in mathematics. You will visit their school on the same afternoon each week (times vary across school placements).

We also have shorter, one-off volunteering opportunities throughout the year. These include holiday revision programmes, transition summer schools and evening events. Drop us an email at if you'd like to be kept up to date with opportunities like this!


Time Commitments

  • 1 Training Session - this is compulsory and will run for 6 hours

  • 7 weeks of coaching - each coaching session lasts for one hour and takes place at your pupil's school which will be a maximum of 60 minutes from your university campus.

  • Attendance at a Launch Trip and Graduation Trip [secondary programmes only]- these are trips to a university campus at the beginning and end of each programme to help pupils learn what going to university is like. Coaches are asked to attend as much of the trip as they can!


What We Look For

We are looking for volunteers who have the potential to deliver high quality coaching for the pupils we work with. While it is a bonus, we do not expect applicants to have prior experience working with young people. All applications are assessed on the following competencies: 

      Emotional Intelligence                    Communication skills                                Humility                                                Professionalism

Current coaches come from all subject disciplines and from a range of top HE institutions. Our volunteer team comprises undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates. Carry on scrolling to hear from past volunteers!

Hear From Our Coaches

Read Matthew's Story

Matthew Ansell is an Arts and Sciences Undergraduate at UCL and an Academic Coach at CoachBright. Read his thoughts after his first year volunteering.

To be a volunteer coach for CoachBright was an opportunity for me to provide guidance and support to a pupil. Seeing my impact on the coachee every week gave me great satisfaction knowing I was having a significant impact on their progress. Working alongside dedicated and committed staff at CoachBright and alongside fellow university students provided me with a platform to build my own skills and showed me the drive and determination CoachBright have towards making university education accessible to everyone. It was an unforgettable experience.
— Gentrit Osmani, LSE student
Helping students was thoroughly rewarding, but the training sessions were the best part. Information misconceived as common sense actually became a great learning experience for me.
— Fareeha Yahya, UCL student
The weekly hour-long sessions are easy to schedule into even a busy university timetable and this small contribution makes such a noticeable difference to a pupil’s confidence and academic performance. I think the combination of tutoring, mentoring and coaching is so effective and I really liked seeing the progress that my coachee made from session to session, in particular the confidence she gained.
— Maria Haq, Kings College London student


How To Get Involved

1 - Fill in short online application form.

2 - Attend compulsory training session on coaching and working with a young person.

4 - Await DBS certificate and practice coaching.

5 - Get introduced to your pupils and start coaching!

If you have any questions or concerns before applying, feel free to email us on

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