Welcome to Action Tutoring!
Action Tutoring is an ambitious new 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. Many schools have reported that often pupils are on track to achieve a C or above in either English or Maths, but the challenge is helping them to achieve this in both subjects.
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.
Apply Now To Volunteer!
- Apply now to take part in our next programmes starting in Spring and Summer 2014. Fill out our application form and we will be in touch: click 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.">
-Last academic year Action Tutoring provided 6,500 hours of free tuition to GCSE pupils across London and Manchester, with 70% of pupils tutored achieving at least a C grade.
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. We'll be publishing more statistics on the last year shortly!
- Exciting new resources are now available for tutors, thanks to the hard work and input of two Teach First teachers working with us over the summer.
- Pupil at a school in Camden, Autumn 2013: "The tutoring has been really good because it's covered things that we don't always have time to do in class, in a really structured way. My tutor gave me a list of literary devices to learn and it's really helped me understand poetry a lot more. It's also helped my confidence a lot. One thing that has been really helpful is going through past papers every week because it makes me feel like I can do well in the exams."
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