Making up for the time lost
As schools remain open and travelling from home to volunteer will be permitted during the nation-wide lockdown, Action Tutoring intends for all online and face-to-face tutoring to go ahead as planned in November and December, with safety measures in place for volunteers entering schools.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we temporarily stopped programme delivery in March 2020. Schools remained closed for many months and the impact this will have had on pupils is significant, in particular the disadvantaged pupils we support. These are the pupils who are already at risk of not achieving and the absence of education, and any other means of support at home, for this duration of time, will simply push them further behind.
Action Tutoring is a charity that supports the academic attainment of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds so that their futures are not negatively impacted by their circumstances. Many families will have been able to provide their children with extra resources to enable them continue their education at home, or pay for a private tutor, while schools were shut. For the young people we support this was simply not an option.
Even before the crisis, disadvantaged pupils were, on average, already 18 months behind their non-disadvantaged peers by the end of secondary school and this will only worsen.
During the lockdown and the months following, we were unable to return to schools. Instead we focused our team and resources on:
- Sharing our materials with our partner schools, to support pupils’ home learning in the short term.
- Keeping in touch with our network of over 1,000 volunteers to ensure they were not negatively impacted by the isolation period.
- Moving our induction training to new volunteers online and began delivering, so that tutors were ready to get started as soon as we were able to deliver again.
- Developing our online tutoring platform and programme, progressing through a testing phase and ready to roll out widely in autumn 2020.
- Speaking out about the impact of the crisis on disadvantaged pupils particularly. Collaborating with other charities and schools to look for solutions and calling for government support too.
- Fundraising to support as many pupils as possible to get back to where they should be academically and enabling them to flourish.
In early October 2020 our tutoring recommenced after nearly seven months, with the support of the charity’s incredible and inspiring volunteer tutor pool, partner schools and staff team who are determined to ensure disadvantaged pupils can still succeed. Additionally, we launched our online delivery in schools, uniting volunteers from across the country with pupils to tutor them in maths and English.
Action Tutoring is incredibly grateful to all of its team and network who have worked tirelessly to ensure its tutoring support could return this autumn. The charity would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work, passion and commitment which has enabled disadvantaged pupils across the country to begin their academic catch-up.
This type of academic support is vital. These pupils need this support now more than ever before to ensure they can get back to where they should be. Action Tutoring needs volunteer tutors to enable this to happen.
Please apply now to volunteer with us and make a difference to young lives.