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Action Tutoring

Action Tutoring is a national education charity that supports young people facing socio-economic disadvantage to achieve a meaningful level of academic attainment. This enables them to go on to progress in education, employment or training. We partner high-quality volunteer tutors with primary and secondary school pupils to increase their subject knowledge, whilst building on confidence and study skills.

Volunteer with Action Tutoring to support disadvantaged young people to achieve. We partner our brilliant volunteer tutors with school pupils to increase their subject knowledge, whilst building on their confidence and study skills. Education in this country isn’t fair and we believe tutoring should be available to everyone, not just those who can afford it.

As an English or maths tutor with us you will chose one of our partner schools volunteer in. You will work with one or two pupils for an hour a week across the course of a school term; either before, during or after the school day. Sessions are delivered on the school premises at the same time each week. We provide all of our tutors with training and resources, and we will also process a DBS check for you.

Role Aim: 

We deliver tutoring programmes, in partnership with schools, to support disadvantaged pupils across the country. Education isn’t a level playing field in the UK today, as the income of a child’s parents can directly impact their own academic attainment.

We want to change this through our tutoring support for both primary and secondary pupils - and help pupils achieve regardless of their backgrounds. We recognise how powerful tutoring can be in supporting a child academically and we believe it shouldn’t be accessed only by those who can afford it.

The way we deliver our programmes is by recruiting volunteers as our tutors. Through this activity our volunteers are able to develop a wealth of different skills (interpersonal, organisational, communication), it also provides a link between them and the youngest members of their community - empowering them to give back.

Duties: 

We partner our brilliant volunteer tutors with school pupils to increase their subject knowledge, whilst building on their confidence and study skills.

As an English or maths tutor with us you will chose one of our partner schools in London to volunteer in. You will work with one or two pupils for an hour a week across the course of a school term; either before, during or after the school day. Sessions are delivered on the school premises at the same time each week; we also have one-off volunteering opportunities. We provide all of our tutors with training and resources, and we will also process a DBS check for you.

Skills needed: 

As volunteers, you will act as positive adult role models for the pupils you support – whatever your background or experiences you can inspire ambition in them. We want our tutors to feel confident in the subject they are leading on, so we ideally would like you to have achieved a B or above in this subject, or similar, at A Level (or in an equivalent qualification) and have achieved, or be studying for, a degree. We do consider other qualifications and experience: experience working with young people is helpful but not essential. You must also be able to communicate clearly and fluently in English.

Training: 

A two-hour training session covering an introduction to our charity, the role, safeguarding and our resources, which takes place at our offices in East London. Ongoing training and support is available too (a member of our team will be present at every tutoring session to support you).

Location: 
Various primary and secondary schools across London.
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
We have many opportunities available across London. The commitment is 1-1.5 hours a week, at the same time each week. Generally our start times range from 08:00-08:30, 13:00-15:00 on weekdays and 10:00 on Saturday mornings.

Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here