A final year PPE student at Oxford University is helping to tutor 2,000 pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds whose education has been hit by the pandemic.

Jacob Kelly launched a call for tutors on social media when the first lockdown began.

He has now founded the Coronavirus Tutoring Initiative, a network of 4,000 university student volunteers who collectively have given up 35,000 hours of time for free.

He said: “It struck me quickly when the government announced school closures that something needed to happen, and we knew the attainment gap [between rich and poor pupils] in the UK was pretty huge.”

Private tutoring cancost up to £25 an hour.