News & Insights 25 August 2022

GCSE results – Celebrating our pupils’ hard work!

GCSE results day is here! As a charity committed to having a measurable impact on its beneficiaries, these results are crucial evidence of our work.

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Every achievement counts, and we are incredibly proud of our pupils’ hard work, engagement and resilience through another challenging year.

GCSE results day matters so much because it opens doors. For pupils to progress into further education, employment or training, they need at least to meet national standards in English and maths. Pupils who do not achieve GCSEs are more likely to become NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) at 16+.

We’re excited to pause today and celebrate the successes of pupils around the country.

Tutoring remains an impactful intervention for young people to make progress, and as an EEF report indicates, small-group tuition leads to an average impact of four additional months of academic progress over a year. 

Action Tutoring’s mission is to enable pupils facing disadvantage to make meaningful academic progress in school. Our trained volunteer tutors support them to make academic progress and achieve the grades they need in their SATs and GCSEs in order to open doors to future opportunities. 

In 2021, 80% of the disadvantaged pupils supported by Action Tutoring achieved GCSE grade 4+ in English or maths. 

We are pleased pupils have been able to return to some degree of normality in sitting their exams this year after two years of disruption caused by the pandemic. However it has nevertheless been a challenging year for this cohort. Covid and resulting school closures had  a significant impact on their learning, especially those facing disadvantage.

The EPI report shows that the gap in GCSE grade attainment between pupils from low-income families and their peers has not improved in the last decade. Instead, poverty levels have now risen due to the pandemic and more disadvantaged young people are unable to receive the academic support they need in order to catch up.

For this reason, we need even more volunteer tutors to help us reach more pupils and make a real difference in their lives. 

Our decade of experience has enabled us to refine our powerful tutoring provision to help improve the academic outcomes of pupils facing disadvantage. We’re keen to partner with more schools next academic year to reach more pupils who could benefit from our support.

If you’re a school interested in finding out how we might be able to support you, do get in touch or complete our initial enquiry form if you’re interested in partnering with us.

Read more: How Action Tutoring’s partner schools benefit from our volunteers?

Be part of the change 

We couldn’t have made this all happen without the support and commitment of our passionate volunteers, who have given their time so generously and been with our pupils every step of the way in another year.

The autumn term is fast approaching and we are looking forward to working with more pupils and volunteers in the coming months. 

Could you volunteer for an hour each week and join our volunteering community? Your contribution is more important than ever.

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