The increasing chasm between rich and poor in the British education system is well documented; 96% of children who attend private schools go on to university compared to only 16% of pupils on free schools meals. Yet, education is a key resource in encouraging social mobility and as further education and training increasingly become requirements for a well-paid job, the pressure on achieving in school grows. This is reflected in the increasing number of students receiving private tuition, with a Sutton Trust study reporting that a staggering 43% of children in London have been tutored at some point in their academic lives between the ages of 11-16. However, private tutoring, usually starting at a minimum of £30 an hour, is simply not a viable option for many families.
Action Tutoring believe that children of all backgrounds should be given equal opportunity to achieve academically to the best of their ability. Through a growing army of volunteer tutors, Action Tutoring are providing free tuition in English, Maths and Science to hundreds of pupils in inner city schools across London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield.
Volunteering with Action Tutoring is a fantastic, low commitment way to make a difference to a young person’s life! There are several options for volunteering:
- Sign up to volunteer for a regular programmes for an hour a week, for 8 weeks. Programmes run Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. Sessions run in the mornings, after school (around 3.30pm) or on Saturday mornings.
- Sign up to take part in a one off intensive revision day, usually in the summer term. Sessions usually run from 9am-3pm at a partner school.
- Fundraise for Action Tutoring, perhaps through a sponsored event!
- Spread the word and encourage friends and colleagues to volunteer with us.
Action Tutoring provide training, resources and DBS checks for all volunteers and can cover travel expenses if required.
To apply to volunteer, please complete our online application form here and one of the team will get back to you.
Alternatively, you can email us at: [email protected]
More About Action Tutoring
Action Tutoring began life in March 2011, working with just two schools. In academic year 2013/14 over 12,000 hours of free tuition will be provided to pupils preparing for GCSEs. Most pupils are on the D/C borderline in these subjects and it is important not to underestimate the difference between a ‘D’ and a ‘C’ grade at GCSE; a ‘C’ opens up many more opportunities in further education, training and work allowing pupils to pursue their ambitions.