Partner as a school

Partner with Action Tutoring to provide academic support to disadvantaged pupils.

Established in 2011, we’ve worked hard to develop an effective tutoring model with proven impact.

We do more than just tutor. We know how to engage pupils and understand the demands and pressures that busy schools are under.

Partner as a school

97% of schools would recommend Action Tutoring to another school

We form partnerships with schools; design and supply the tutoring resources; measure pupil progress during the programme and have designated staff members coordinating the delivery of our tutoring programmes.

We recruit, DBS check, train and develop our diverse and inspiring tutors too, allocating them to your programmes.

The pupils have felt that the sessions had purpose and were really grateful that tutors remembered them from week to week and remembered what they’d worked on previously. They like having one dedicated person to work with, which they don’t get in the classroom. We’re not having to chase them to attend – they’re chasing us! They have definitely bought-in to the process.

Communication with Action Tutoring has been really straightforward. Our programme coordinator has done a great job. She’s delivered on everything she’s promised and found a solution to every problem. We only feel we’ve had to support – she really has taken the logistics out of our hands. Action Tutoring has just worked. We have a really positive view of it and that’s down to the relationships we have built with the team.”

Nick Shepherd, Deputy Head, Benton Park Primary School, Newcastle

If you’re a school interested in finding out how we might be able to support you, do get in touch.

You can also complete our initial enquiry form if you’re interested in partnering with us.

Primary schools

Action Tutoring is always keen to hear from new primary schools who would be interested in partnering with us. We seek to partner with schools where their percentage of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding is above the national average, ensuring our tutoring is getting where it’s needed most.

We aim to provide 8-10 tutors per programme to support between 15 and 20 pupils.  Our sessions usually have a tutor to pupil ratio of 1:2, which can flex to 1:3 or 1:1 depending on school preference.

Schools can choose to run English or maths programmes for Year 5 or Year 6 pupils over the academic year, or can change cohorts after 15 sessions. Schools can select which pupils take part, but we ask that priority is given to those eligible for Pupil Premium.

We are currently seeking to partner with primary schools in the following regions: Birmingham and Coventry; Bristol; Liverpool, Chester, Southport and Wirral; London; Newcastle and Durham; Nottingham and Derby; Sheffield and Sussex.

For more information about partnering with us as a primary school, please see our Primary School Guide.

Secondary schools

Action Tutoring is always keen to hear from secondary schools who would be interested in working with us. We seek to partner with schools where their percentage of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding is above the national average, ensuring our tutoring is getting where it’s needed most.

We aim to provide 8-10 tutors per programme to support between 15 and 20 pupils.  Our sessions usually have a tutor to pupil ratio of 1:2, which can flex to 1:3 or 1:1 depending on school preference.

Schools can choose to run English or maths programmes for Year 7, Year 10 or Year 11 pupils for the academic year or can change cohorts after 15 sessions. Schools can select which pupils take part, but we ask that priority is given to those eligible for Pupil Premium.

We are currently seeking to partner with secondary schools in the following regions: Birmingham and Coventry; Bristol; Liverpool, Chester, Southport and Wirral; London; Newcastle and Durham; Nottingham and Derby; Sheffield and Sussex.

For more information about partnering with us as a primary school, please see our Secondary School Guide.

FAQs

If you can’t find the answer to your question below, please get in touch at hello@actiontutoring.org.uk.

Where do you work?

We have established ourselves in eight regions across England: Birmingham and Coventry; Bristol; Liverpool, Chester, Southport and Wirral; London; Newcastle and Durham; Nottingham and Derby; Sheffield and Sussex.

We welcome enquiries from schools located in or near to these cities and in the following additional areas. We are particularly keen to hear from schools in the areas surrounding Birmingham:

  • East Midlands: Derby, North Nottinghamshire, East Derbyshire, South Nottinghamshire, South and West Derbyshire.
  • North East: Durham, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Sunderland.
  • North West: Cheshire West and Chester, Merseyside, Sefton.
  • South West: Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
  • West Midlands: Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Dudley.
  • Yorkshire and Humber: Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.
How many pupils can you support?

We aim to provide between 8 and 10 tutors per programme, to support between 15 and 20 pupils. Schools can choose to run multiple programmes at once.

What modes of tutoring do you offer?

Our sessions usually have a tutor to pupil ratio of 1:2, which can flex to 1:3 or 1:1 depending on school preference.

What subjects and stages do you offer?

We provide English and maths support for pupils in Years 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11.

How are your programmes managed?

Each school is assigned a programme coordinator who is responsible for the day-to-day running of programmes and attends every session. They liaise with the school contact to provide updates and communicate any requests.

Our programme managers and Director of Delivery set up the partnerships initially and check in throughout the year to ensure satisfaction with the delivery of tuition.

We work in conjunction with teachers at the school to highlight pupils that will benefit most from our programme, but also in line with our criteria (disadvantaged pupils/pupils at risk of underachieving). Together with the teachers, we identify the best time to run sessions and the best way to manage the logistics, ensuring we gain their input on specific areas of need.

How much do sessions cost?

For the 2020-21 academic year we expect an NTP programme (15 tutoring sessions) to cost, at most, £1,900.  This works out as roughly £6.30 per pupil per session.

We normally work with schools for the whole academic year, with schools committing to two programmes (30 sessions) in total.  The cost for this is £3,800. This covers tutoring for up to 20 pupils, and could include up to 30 sessions. The first 15 sessions will be subsidised by the NTP and the remaining will be subsidised by our own fundraising. 

The cost is the same for both online and face to face programmes.

How does the NTP work for schools?

NTP Tuition Partners are awarded funding based on a comprehensive eligibility and quality criteria assessment led by the National Tutoring Programme (the DfE and Randstad). Action Tutoring and other approved Tuition Partners will be promoted to schools across the country, who can then approach us to set up a tutoring programme for pupils facing disadvantage.

Schools will only contribute 30% of the cost of these programmes in 2021-22, the remainder covered by the Government, making it much easier for them to access this beneficial support.

What types of schools do you work with?

State primary and state secondary schools.

Who are your tutors?

All of our tutors are volunteers. We believe in harnessing the potential of social power to ‘do good’ without financial reward. It is central to our mission. We have an inspiring pool of tutors who support us because they believe in our mission and share our values.  

Our tutors range in age (from 18 to 82) and in background: undergraduates, former teachers, corporate volunteers and retired professionals. We are incredibly proud of the diverse range of volunteers we engage, who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the pupils they support.

All tutors must meet the criteria listed below, or have equivalent qualifications, training or work experience. We have refined this criteria over our years of operation and it is in line with other peer organisations.

  • Educated to degree level, or to be studying for a degree.
  • Achieved a B grade (or above) at A Level (or an equivalent qualification) in the subject they wish to tutor. 
  • Evidence of strong communication skills
  • Experience working with young people, or able to demonstrate that they would have the skills required.
  • Empathetic towards the young people we support.
How do you recruit your tutors?

All tutors complete an online application form where they provide details of how they meet the criteria and any other relevant experience and motivations, which is carefully assessed by an Action Tutoring member of staff. We telephone interview applicants who are close to meeting the qualifications and ask a series of competency and subject-related questions to confirm their suitability. 

Generally, we find by making the requirements really explicit, volunteer tutors do self filter as to whether they are suitable or not, but we do reject a proportion that apply that don’t meet the requirements. 

Once accepted, tutors must then complete an Enhanced DBS check and Action Tutoring will conduct a check of them on the Prohibited Teacher List.

How do you train your tutors?

We’ve designed, developed and refined our tutor training process over the past eight years. Currently, all successful tutor applicants are invited to attend ‘initial tutor training’. This is a two hour, live, small group training session than covers the following content:

  • Who we are and why we exist as a charity.
  • Our expectations of them as tutors and what they can expect from us.
  • An exploration of the challenges faced by disadvantaged young people.
  • Safeguarding, covering our policy and the use of scenario-based examples.
  • An introduction to the curriculum and exam process.
  • A guide of how to use our curriculum and workbooks to effectively plan sessions.
  • How to manage different pupil behaviours.
  • Overview of the next steps and opportunities for continuous training and development as a tutor.

Online tutors attend additional training to cover elements specific to online delivery including:

  • Online-specific safeguarding considerations.
  • How to adapt tutoring for online delivery.
  • How to get started and make best use of our online tutoring platform (Vedamo).

We provide continuous training across the year and our Programme Coordinators monitor tutoring to deliver feedback on an individual basis.  

How do you track pupil progress?

Pupils sit a baseline assessment initially, before they begin tutoring, and a ‘progress check’ halfway through, ensuring that tutoring focuses on the areas that they are struggling with. Programme Coordinators attend every session to monitor progress. 

Baseline and progress assessment results are shared with schools. We request pupils’ ‘working at status’ before tutoring commences.

What impact do your programmes have?

We have invested strongly in evaluating the impact of our programme both internally and externally. To see findings from our most recent Impact Report, visit our impact page.

What measures have you put in place for delivery during Covid-19?

To ensure our face to face programmes can go ahead safely, we have created some guidelines for our volunteers to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to. Where partner schools are enforcing their own social distancing measures, we will keep volunteers informed as appropriate. 

Action Tutoring’s policies are subject to change as further guidance is released by the Government.