During the following lesson the students presents the aspect to the group as the peer tutor – effectively wearing the mantle of the expert.
Almost without exception, the peer tutor has mastered the aspect and is ready to move on. The rest of the group also benefit from engaging with a presentation made in “student speak” but there is little doubt who is the main beneficiary of the peer tutoring process. Indeed research by the Sutton Trust, supported by John Hattie and Dylan Wiliam, suggests that effective peer tutoring can offer gains of 18 months in a year. This approach works really well for students on grade boundaries of high stakes testing protocols. The temptation is to mentor them – effectively to “teach them harder.” Peer tutoring offers a much more effective alternative.