A Luton teenager who provided free tuition to help students catch-up on lost learning during the pandemic, has been recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.
Muhammad Kamil Ali, 19, has described finding out that he received the British Empire Medal for services to education as "surreal".
The teenager, a former pupil of Icknield High School, spotted a need to help others after the pandemic closed schools in March last year.
Then in the first year of his A-levels, Muhammad saw first hand the effect it had on youngsters' education.
"I thought it would be a fantastic time to help and I started GCSE tuition for five students every day during the week," he said.
Muhammad, a volunteer tutor with the Luton-based British Community Professional Development Trust (BCPD), provided free maths and English tuition over Skype, All of his students went on to start the courses of their choice.
And he still provides weekly tuition, despite sitting his own A-levels in June 2021 at Luton Sixth Form College, where he now continues A-level maths tuition for students.
He also has an Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/thesciencewaffler with around 7,000 followers, which offers GCSE and A-level advice and content on learning.
Muhammad is now taking a gap year from studies before applying for a place at medical school. And alongside his tuition classes he also works as a healthcare assistant at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.
Of his award he said: "It is very surreal. I didn't really expect to get the award, when I got the letter I didn't realise what it was. It was kind of a shock to me."
He said dad Sundar and mum Luthfa Begum were very proud of him.
The BCPD trust provides tuition classes, sports club activities, training, mentoring, guidance, information and support for youngsters who want to achieve something in life. This organisation is managed by experienced professionals from engineers to lawyers who want to help the next generation from their community succeed in life and establish reputable and skilled profession.