Our Vision

Action Tutoring supports young people facing socio-economic disadvantage to achieve a meaningful level of academic attainment, with a view to enabling them to go on to further education, employment or training. We do this by partnering high quality volunteer tutors with pupils to increase their subject knowledge, confidence and study skills.

Our vision is a world in which no child's life chances are limited by their socio-economic background. 


Graphs showing average cost of private tutor, and pupil success based on whether or not they have free school meals.


What is educational disadvantage?

In the UK only 16% of pupils on Free School Meals (the government’s way of measuring poverty in schools) go on to attend university in comparison to 96% of private school pupils. This means that the circumstances we are born into predict our chances of success in life. Furthermore, while nationally 65% of pupils leave school with 5 A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths, only 32% of pupils receiving Free School Meals achieve this benchmark. While there are many factors that contribute to this the bottom line is that it’s not fair and we should all be working towards a solution.

Fair Education Alliance

Fair Education Alliance

Action Tutoring is also a proud member of the Fair Education Alliance; working towards a world where our education system is fair – where children's educational success is not limited by their socio-economic background. This is a world where disadvantage no longer determines literacy and numeracy rates at primary school, GCSE attainment at secondary school, the emotional wellbeing and resilience of young people, participation in further education or employment based training and university graduation.


Our Impact

For the academic year 2014-15 an external evaluator, NIESR, carried out a control group evaluation of our results, comparing the performance of just over 700 pupils tutored with Action Tutoring against a matched control group of pupils with very similar characteristics, using data from the National Pupil Database. This work was funded by NESTA as part of the Social Action Innovation Fund. During this academic year pupils on the programme had on average 6-8 tutoring sessions. A full copy of the report, including detail about the methodology, can be viewed here.

The headline results suggest that:

  • The programme has a positive impact on GCSE point scores equivalent to 1/3 of a grade.
  • For those pupils who attend at least seven sessions an additional 1/2 a grade progress was found.

We are delighted that in September 2016 we were validated as having achieved level 3 on Nesta's Standards of Evidence. They state, "This means there is strong evidence of Action Tutoring’s impact. Rigorous evaluation techniques have been used to show a positive change in one or more key outcomes among the programme’s beneficiaries, and to show that this change was caused by the programme itself rather than other factors."

View our certificate here.  Icon Action Tutoring Standards of Evidence Certificate (100.5 KB)

Action Tutoring is currently aiming to offer pupils about 12-16 sessions per academic year, to ensure we stand the best possible chance of enabling pupils to reach a Grade 5 in their tutored subject.