Welcome to Action Tutoring!

Action Tutoring is an ambitious social initiative and registered charity, providing free tuition to GCSE pupils in inner-city schools across England, working with volunteer tutors. Action Tutoring's mission is to tackle educational disadvantage by making the benefits of tuition more widely accessible, to enable more young people able to reach their potential in life, regardless of background. Action Tutoring is now operating in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Birmingham.


Working in partnership with inner city schools, we provide volunteer tutors to work with pupils, to help those pupils on the D/C borderline in English and Maths at GCSE level to achieve 5 A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths. Achieving this significantly improves pupils' chances of going on to further education, employment or training.

Action Tutoring has grown rapidly in the 3 years since it began; from an initial pilot programme with just 2 schools and 15 tutors.

In 2012-13 6,500 hours of free tuition were provided to pupils in over 30 schools across London and Manchester, through 800 volunteer tutors. 70% of those pupils achieved at least a C grade in the subject tutored.

The charity has ambitious plans to expand around the UK, whilst continuing to grow in London. January 2013 saw the first expansion outside of London to Manchester and in January 2014 we launched in Sheffield, Liverpool and Birmingham and are aiming to be in Brighton soon.

To hear more about our work, watch this short video

Regional Job Opportunity!

Action Tutoring are currently recruiting a Regional Facilitator to take forward our work in Brighton. Closing deadline 5th September. Read the full job description and find out how to apply here



London Mayor, Boris Johnson

"Action Tutoring makes decisive interventions at the critical time to help struggling pupils achieve C grades in English and Maths at GCSE. The evidence proves it works. By lifting children up through the 5A*-C barrier, they transform their life chances. And what makes them even more wonderful people is, they are all volunteers." "London was the first city to benefit from Action Tutoring and I am delighted that they are now expending to help children in other cities across the country. More power to their elbow."

Shadow Minister for Education, Rushanara Ali

"The work of Action Tutoring is making a tangible difference to the lives of many young people at a crucial time in their education. It is encouraging to see the organisation growing rapidly beyond London and the interest from so many volunteers to support young people in this very practical way."


Our first programmes are now nearly completed in Liverpool, Sheffield, Brighton and Birmingham. We'll be expanding in these areas in 2014/15.

Last year, 96% of teachers reported that their pupils engaged well or very well with the programme and 88% of pupils agreed or strongly agreed that the tutoring had helped them understand the subject better. Just over 75% also said that the tutoring had made them feel more confident about their exams.

You can read our latest newsletter: here

Watch our video here!

Action Tutoring is supported by NESTA and the Cabinet Office.

NESTA Cabinet Office

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Could you consider signing up for an hour per week for 6-8 weeks?

"Very few projects have this level of impact on student engagement and progress. The energy and commitment from tutors and tutees is palpable." Hyder Dastagir, Headteacher, London Nautical School. "The student that I tutored regularly was very engaged, she tried hard during the sessions. One thing that struck me was how friendly and generally good the kids were. It was very different to the horror stories portrayed in the press." Volunteer Tutor, Peckham "The Saturday mentoring has really helped me with my Maths, because it has given me a chance to go over some of the topics I didn't do so well in previously. Max has been very helpful and friendly." Year 11 Pupil, Peckham Academy