Big Dream Programme

supporting under-resourced families to make progress and unlock the joy of learning.

A message from our founder

“Since we launched our tuition business in 2001, we’ve set out to support as many children as possible with their education. Not only have we helped hundreds of thousands of young people to achieve their learning goals, we have coached them to develop a life-long love of learning. We want all children to dream bigger, have their individual needs met and discover the joy of learning. Our Big Dream Programme is about offering even more access for disadvantaged children to experience the benefits of Explore Learning tuition.” 

Bill Mills, CEO and Founder, Explore Learning.  

View our programme in action

How are we putting this into action?

Our impact

We're proud of what we are achieving and what's to come in the future.

6240+ hours tutoring under-resourced children

280 children supported throughout 2023

500+ children - our aim over the next 2 years

What do our Big Dream Programme Partners say?

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Education Investor Awards 2019 WINNER

Over 1000 5 ★ reviews on Trust Pilot

20 years of success

Education Investor Awards 2019 WINNER

Over 1000 5 ★ reviews on Trust Pilot

20 years of success

Education Investor Awards 2019 WINNER

Over 1000 5 ★ reviews on Trust Pilot

20 years of success


What's the qualifying criteria to be part of the Big Dream Programme?

In order to be part of the programme, we want to be sure that our service is reaching families who otherwise would not be able to access any form of private tuition for social or economic reasons. The best measure of this is usually that a family would be eligible for Free School Meals. However, there may be other factors that we would also consider.

How does a charity get involved?

If a charity works with families or children that are under-resourced or experiencing hardship in some way, we'd recommend that they get in touch about their needs and how Explore might be able to help. Get in touch with us.

I am a teacher or work in a school, what options are available?

We can't join individual children to Explore membership, but welcome groups of 5 or more pupils that you wish to use funding to pay for Explore Learning tuition. This would be at our standard membership price and not part of the Big Dream Programme, unless paid for by a philanthropic partner or charity.

I'm an individual donor or trust who wants to pay for children to have educational support.

We are very happy to hear from any individual who may be part of a charitable trust, who wants to have an impact on a large group of children. We currently have partners who pay for 15-60 school children to receive online or in-centre tuition, targeting schools and areas where families do not have the resources or financial means for additional tuition. Get in touch with us.

How and where does the tuition take place?

Some children have their tuition entirely online, which allows us to reach families all across the UK. Other children visit on of our 95 tuition centres in the UK. If children are part of the Big Dream Programme through a school cohort, this might be delivered in school time or just after school either online or in one of our centres.

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