Charlotte works as a Press Officer in Whitehall and fits volunteering around her day job. She tutors English and loves watching her pupils grow in confidence. Education was crucial to Charlotte’s career success and she hopes “every child can have the same opportunities that she’s had”.
“I work for the Civil Service in Westminster for the Department for International Trade as a Press Officer. It’s a very fun and exciting job, very fast-paced and demanding. I deal with media enquiries and work alongside journalists and Ministers to promote and protect the work of the department in the press. I studied modern languages at Warwick University for four years which included a year abroad teaching in the south of France.
“I’ve always had a passion for teaching and working with young people. I first heard about Action Tutoring online as I was researching volunteer opportunities and wanted to get back into teaching in some capacity. I have always toyed with a career in teaching but also had other interests and career opportunities in mind so volunteering was a way I could facilitate all these interests.
“My first session was great. The Programme Co-ordinator, Rebecca, was very welcoming and I met my two tutees. We all got on well and following short introductions we began teaching straight away. The resources were great and the pupils seemed to thoroughly enjoy the session.
I was a little apprehensive about teaching English as I had never taught this before (in this country at least!). All my previous experience was in teaching modern languages, however the resources were really useful and I found it very easy to teach.
“It’s really important to me to give time up to tutor others as I personally feel as though I was very fortunate with my education and worked hard to go to a grammar school and then university. My education was imperative for me to secure my career opportunities and I would hope that every child can have the same opportunities I had.
I think the best thing about volunteering with Action Tutoring is seeing the pupils progress both academically and also in confidence. Both my tutees have come on leaps and bounds and are very engaged with the sessions. This is really great to see. Although initially they were fairly quiet and reserved, with consistent support and encouragement I think they have both become a lot more confident and keen to learn.
In myself, I too have become more confident. I think teaching is a really great way to gain communication skills and this has been hugely beneficial for me. I think tutoring has helped me to become a well-rounded communicator. Working in government communications, this is imperative. Tutoring others and trying to explain things to a variety of different people of different ages and abilities is often a challenge and I have developed skills to help me to think more creatively.
“Tutoring is highly rewarding and the programme is easily manageable around other commitments. Even if you are unsure of your capabilities in the subject matter, the training and resources available will help guide you through.