Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds aren’t less able, but they have less access to the tools that support them to progress in school and reach their full academic potential. 

Volunteering as a tutor with Action Tutoring is a rewarding way to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people living in your community.

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By volunteering for just one hour a week, either in-school or online, you will directly support disadvantaged pupils to build their confidence and help ensure they leave school with the grades needed to build a bright future.

What are the steps to becoming involved?

You’ll receive an application outcome within 1-2 working days. If successful, we’ll invite you to a two-hour training session, held over Zoom. We’ll then process a DBS check for you. 

Once processed, we’ll send you a programme sign-up link. This will list all programmes available to sign up to at that given time. You’ll be able to choose the day, time and location that best suits you.

Take a closer look at the tutor journey.

Coming from a working-class background, good quality comprehensive state education with access to amazing teachers enabled me to progress and get on in life. I was one of the lucky ones, as I know many working-class kids don’t get the opportunities and luck I had. I think it’s really important to give back to your local community.”

– Youcef, volunteer

Want to learn more before signing up?

Come along to a volunteer information session, delivered through Zoom. We’ll talk through why we exist, and what volunteering with us entails. At the end, you’ll have the opportunity to ask our friendly staff member any questions. We’ll do our best to get a current volunteer to join us, too!

“My tutor is very nice and is always there for me. They help me in a way that I can understand.”

–Djibril, pupil

Accessibility for volunteers

We are a disability confident committed organisation that is dedicated to inclusivity and accessibility. If you would like to discuss any potential adjustments or concerns, please talk to your Programme Coordinator, or contact our Head of People and Culture at hello@actiontutoring.org.uk, and they will be in touch.

Why volunteer?

Giving back
Giving back by supporting and interacting with young people living in your community. You can make a difference to a young person’s academic attainment and future opportunities.
Improve your communication
A chance to improve your communication, organisational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
Share your skills
A valuable opportunity to share your skills and time to help others.
Meeting and socialising with like-minded people.
Boost your CV
Boosting your CV and future job prospects.
Experience for aspiring teachers
Experience working in a school (particularly useful for aspiring teachers).

I have a drawing and note one of my pupils made for me on my fridge, because it makes me happy to know it made a difference for them.

Paul, volunteer

Success stories

Hear from some of our tutors about their experience volunteering with Action Tutoring.

Phil, volunteer maths tutor and retired IT technician
Gustav and Mateo, volunteer tutor and pupil
Justina, volunteer maths tutor and consultant paediatrician
Cara and Sobia, volunteer tutor and pupil