Action Tutoring unlocks the potential of children and young people who are facing disadvantage. We are tackling the attainment gap head-on by forging partnerships with schools nationwide. Our trained volunteer tutors are empowered to enable pupils to make meaningful academic progress, opening doors to future opportunities.

sessions of tutoring delivered in 2020-21
pupils across the country supported in 2020-21
volunteer tutors supported our work in 2020-21
Former Minister for School Standards

Action Tutoring has had huge success raising attainment. The pupils are proof that regardless of your circumstances it is possible to get crucial English and maths qualifications. Action Tutoring offers a practical, structured solution. Action Tutoring’s vision is one that I fully endorse… [there is] huge potential for more volunteers to use their knowledge and experience in this way to support young people.

Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP Former Minister for School Standards
Deputy Headteacher

I initially chose Action Tutoring because of their commitment to disadvantaged pupils. I feel that they are driven by a moral imperative and this is visible in everything that they do; it is clear that all those involved are here to support pupils first and foremost. The consistency of the tutors and the presence of our Action Tutoring Programme Coordinator, has really made a difference – this has then translated into academic progress. We will absolutely continue to invest in Action Tutoring – I feel like it’s incredibly worthwhile. We have worked with other providers for Humanities subjects and the comparison is enormous – it highlighted the quality of the consistency, communication and delivery that we have received from Action Tutoring. Overall I can’t praise them enough for their quality of liaison, delivery, organisation and quality assurance.

Nicola Pearson Deputy Headteacher, Park Vale Academy, Nottingham
Primary Deputy Headteacher

Pupils have engaged really well with the tutors and this has led to high motivation which has contributed to the success of this programme. Action Tutoring has contributed to making sure our disadvantaged Year 6 pupils are on track to meet expected standards in English and mathematics. We are committed to investing in the Action Tutoring programme in years to come. We have seen the difference it has made to improving our pupils’ attainment as well as improving their study skills; they have become more independent in their decision making.

Simrat Mavi Deputy Headteacher, St. Giles C of E Primary School, Walsall, West Midlands

Overall the tutors that we’ve had from Action Tutoring have been really good quality. They’ve been really receptive to feedback and they’ve been really passionate about the subjects they’re tutoring and about working with the young people. I would definitely recommend Action Tutoring to other schools. At Prendergast Vale they’ve made a massive difference to our pupils so I could not recommend them highly enough. I would definitely say that Action Tutoring represents value for money: the progress that our pupils make and the confidence that they build is definitely worth the money.

Mark Shaw Interim Deputy Headteacher, Prendergast Vale, London

Success stories

Find out what the volunteer tutors, pupils and schools have to say about their experience with Action Tutoring.

Lilah, pupil in London
Badock’s Wood E-ACT Academy
Youcef, volunteer tutor and Diversity and Inclusion Manager for TFL
Sally, volunteer tutor and retired optometrist
Djibril, pupil in London
Dylan, pupil in Bristol
Eilidh, volunteer tutor and student at the University of Aberdeen
White Meadows Primary Academy
Phil, volunteer maths tutor and retired IT technician
Cara and Sobia, volunteer tutor and pupil
Gustav and Mateo, volunteer tutor and pupil
Justina, volunteer maths tutor and consultant paediatrician
Sandy McNicholl, Deputy Head, Ambler Primary School
Cooper, Dalmain Primary School
Muhammad, Oasis Academy South Bank
Talisa, Greenfield E-ACT Academy
Prendergast Vale School
Pupil workbook
ensuring the highest quality and relevant tutoring for them
Pupil headphones
ensuring pupils can access their tutoring without noise disruption
Online tutor training
could provide training for 20 tutors
Face-to-face tutoring
could provide a year of tutoring support to a pupil

Our supporters

We’re incredibly grateful to the organisations that engage their employees with our volunteering opportunities and give financial support.